Appliance Tips For Washer and Dryer

All of us have appliances at home, and sooner or later you too will be faced with an appliance repair. We all want to get the best performance out of our appliances while they last.Treat your appliances well and they will last for a long time. Here are some home appliance tips for your washers and dryers that you can start using right away.

Tips for your washing machine.

Sort your clothes properly. This means separate whites from woolen items and colors from delicates. Make sure the temperature is set right for each of these as well. White cottons and lines should be set to around ninety degrees and around sixty for normal colors. All delicate items will get cleaned best if the temperature for them is set to cold.
To get the best results you should put the detergent in the washing machine first, before adding clothes. Spot treat your clothes early so the stain doesn’t have time to set. Oily or greasy stains should be soaked ahead of time for about thirty minutes in warm water followed by a wash cycle to complete the job. Cold water is best for protein stains but as always you may have to repeat these steps for those stubborn, hard to get out, stains.

For less wear and tear on your clothes, and to better clean your clothes, avoid machines that move the clothes through the water. Rather, use a washer that moves the ‘water’ through the clothes. Get a high quality detergent as well and don’t over due it when adding it in. A large amount of suds does not translate into cleaner garments and besides, most cleaners these days are designed not to produce a whole lot of suds.

Avoid the mini wash cycle and always use more water than you may need; the only exception to this is for front loading machines. You want the load to circulate freely and properly to your clothes don’t frayed and twisted up in the machines agitator. If this happens the agitator seal could break and you will end up with oil in your wash load.

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Baking soda is another thing you can if you want brighter whites and brilliant colors. You only need about half a cup and it will help a great deal in getting odor free results.
Some dryer tips
Don’t forget to check your pockets. Chewing gum may make it through the wash with little to no consequence but your luck will run out if it is put into the dryer. Gum, pencils, change, nails, needles, jewelry and other items can damage clothing as well as damage your appliance.
Don’t overload the dryer but don’t under load it also. Too many clothes will not allow the dryer to circulate the air properly throughout the clothes. But the reverse is also true; if you have too little items in the dryer they will tend to bunch up. You need the best of both so that the air flow will dissipate moisture evenly amongst the clothes and dry them faster.
Pay close attention the the exhaust vent behind the dryer and don’t get it kinked. The shorter the better. The exhaust ducting should be a metalized rigid/flexible material. Avoid vinyl as it can be easily crushed. Vinyl will not withstand heat as well as metalized ducting. Clean lint screen between loads and more frequently if drying material with higher cotton content.
Check the outside vent hood and clean it if necessary.I don’t advise using mesh wire or grates to cover the vent hood because this will definitely help keep rodents or birds out of your exhaust but can easily clog as some lint always makes it through the dryer’s lint screen. The best vent hood has a flapper that opens when the dryer is in use and closes when off.
Dryers located in warm areas will obviously dry clothes faster than a dryer located in a cold basement so this is something to keep in mind. It’s also a good idea to dry loads in succession, one after the other, because the dryer will use residual heat left over from the previous load to quickly dry the next.
Implement some, or all, of these appliance tips and not only will you get greater performance from your washer and dryer, but you will also be increasing the life of the appliance as well.