Tips to Maintain Your Washing Machine

Laundry day is here, and you are dreading every minute of this dreaded chore. You load the washer, add the detergent, press the button to turn it on and, nothing happens. Part of you celebrates as you realize you don’t have to do the laundry now, but the rational side of you steps in and sends you into a panic. Your family is down to the essentials and if the washer is down someone will wind up naked. Don’t panic! There is a washer repair service ready to save the day.

Why should you Maintain

Going naked isn’t really an option, so you depend on your washer to keep your clothes clean and fresh. Regular maintenance can prevent frustrating breakdowns and ultimately save you tons of money in the long run. You should regularly maintain your washer for so many reasons including:

  • Extend the life of the washer
  • Prevent water damage
  • Keeps it performing at its best
  • Guarantees cleaner clothes
  • Avoid costly repairs
  • Prevents rise in water bill

Don’t let unnecessary problems arise when they could have easily been avoided. Not every issue requires a service call, most regular maintenance task can be done yourself.

DIY Maintenance for Front Load Washers

Maintaining a front load washer is a little different from a top load washer. If you have a front load washer, follow these few tips to help keep it performing at its best.

  • Always use HE detergent
  • Avoid excess use of liquid fabric softener
  • Remove finished loads immediately (prevents mold buildup)
  • Leave the door open after use to dry out to prevent mold and mildew
  • Clean washer door rubber seal thoroughly
  • Clean out drain pump filter
  • Choose right setting for the load you are washing
  • Wipe out inside of machine frequently

DIY Maintenance for Top Load Washers

Top load or traditional style washers may look a little different but function in basically the same way as a front load.

  • Leave lit up after finishing a load
  • Remove wet items when the cycle finishes
  • Wipe out inside of machine frequently
  • Run vinegar through an empty cycle to clean and deodorize
  • Replace hoses every few years
  • Avoid harsh cleaners that can damage the machine

Signs of Trouble

Just like any major appliance, when a problem begins you usually get some type of warning sign. There are several things that can go wrong with your washer no matter if it’s a front load or top load. This includes issues such as:

  • Water doesn’t drain
  • Clothes are still saturated with water after the spin cycle
  • Won’t spill at all
  • Doesn’t agitate during the wash cycle
  • Clothes aren’t coming as clean as usual
  • Doesn’t fill with water
  • Doesn’t go to the next setting

If any of these problems arise and you live in the Greater Boston or Boston North area, count on CS Appliance Service for your laundry appliance repair needs. Our professionally trained technicians can assist you in quickly determining the problem and help find the best, most cost-effective solution. We’ll get you back up and running in no time. Call us at (781) 953-9600 to schedule a service call, or visit us on Facebook at