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Six Ways to Keep Your Front-Loading Washing Machine Happy

Written on: May 6, 2019

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Front-loading washing machines can be an efficient, ergonomic, and convenient clothes-cleaning option for your Pennsylvania home.
But maintaining a front loading machine is a bit different than maintaining a machine that loads on top; if you want to avoid long-term trouble with your front-loader, here are six quick and easy tips to keep in mind:

  1. Use the right detergent. If your front-loading washing machine is a high efficiency (HE) model (many are), always use the suggested amount of a detergent designed for that equipment (they are typically labeled “HE Compatible” or something similar). Using regular detergents (or too much of either type) will over-sud your washing machine, creating a soapy film that will either damage the machine or lead to an accumulation of mold. Go easy on the liquid fabric softeners and bleach, too.
  2. Remove finished loads immediately. Leaving damp clothes in a closed washing machine provides “perfect storm” conditions for mold growth. Also remember to leave the door of the washer ajar when not in use to keep fresh air circulating.
  3. Clean rubber seals regularly. Clean the washing machine door’s rubber seal regularly using a microfiber rag and a 50-50 vinegar/water solution (you can use Q-tips for hard-to-reach areas). Don’t forget to wipe the inside of the drum, too.
  4. Run a “refresh” cycle about once every two months. Run your washing machine on its hottest setting without clothes or detergent; instead, fill the dispenser with distilled white vinegar and add a cup of baking soda directly into the drum to neutralize pH and give it a nice surface scrub.
  5. Check your settings regularly. Make sure the spin speed you select is appropriate for the load you are washing—higher spin speeds may mean drier clothes for your dryer, but they also cause extra wear and tear on the machine’s inner parts, potentially shortening its lifespan.
  6. Don’t overload the machine. Use the appropriate amount of water for the size of the load. Wash heavy or bulky items in small loads since these are harder on the equipment.

Have you followed these tips and still ended up with a broken washing machine? It could be time for an upgrade from the pros at Ace-Robbins. Check out our full line of front-load washers and other high efficiency appliance options at our convenient Tunkhannock showroom today!