Gracie Appliance, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Washer & Dryer Care Tips!
Why didn't my washer drain?
And as you were removing the clothes from the broken washer, you realized that you were missing a sock. Now were did that sock go... We have pulled many pieces of clothing from between tubs, out of sumps, and pumps. Many times this can be avoided. Barring any functional problems with the washer, most of the time it is the customer not loading the washer correctly. You must follow the manufactures loading instructions, on most washers they can be found underneath the top lid.
Remember that you can always fit more wet clothes in a washer then dry clothes. This is why it is very important to first load dry clothes into the washer, then select your settings and turn the unit on. Not while the unit is filling or after it has already filled. Clothes can and will float, not too mention that fact that you are overloading the unit, that why it is very important to follow the manufactures loading procedures.
Black rubber fill hoses.
Unless you are turning your supply valves off after you have completed the days laundry, you stand the chance of flooding your home. Now most of the time this is impractical, and can ware out supply valves, there is an alternative. There are several safely mechanisms out on the market today to help prevent washer hoses from bursting. Out of all of them the one that gives you the most bang for the buck is high pressure steel braided hoses. This is the easiest and cheapest way to help prevent flooding due to washer hose failure.
Fabric Softener Sheets
They are convenient and easy, but they also can reek havoc on your dryer and exhaust system. It is very important to use the sheets correctly, and only use one sheet per load. The softener chemical can leave a filmy, sticky residue in the dryer. As you know lint loves anything even slightly sticky. Now you have created a magnet for lint, and that is never good. This will cause a degradation in performance and cost you big time in energy costs.
One way to check for a possible problem is to observe your lint screen. If you can't see through each tiny hole (you may need to get your glasses) and you can't clear it by rubbing it, then you may have a problem.
Possible Fire hazard
You should have your dryer serviced at least once a year. This is to (among other things) keep the lint inside your dryer from building up and possible creating a fire hazard.
"Among other Things"
Most dryers expel lint inside themselves, and if allowed to build up..it could cost you big bucks in energy consumption! If you have noticed a long dry time (greater than 70 min) then it could me that your home venting or the dryers internal venting is clogged. Keeping your dryer and house venting clear and free from build up can save on energy costs!
Another reason to keep your dryer lint free..... Lint is like a cancer to the s/w's and bearing in your dryer. Keeping the lint out of these components will prolong there life!