Squeeze Some Extra Time Out Of Your Clothes Washer And Dryer Lifespan

April 10, 2019

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Nothing lasts forever and that includes our pricey clothes washers and dryers.  Most manufacturers say you should get at least 10 years out of your laundry appliances but with some extra TLC, you can add some years of successful operation. For instance, use the correct amount of laundry detergent, fabric softener and bleach.  An excess of any cleaning agent can make the washer work harder, and can trigger extra rinse cycles, which extends wash time. Clean the dryer vent completely from the laundry room to outside your home before installing the dryer, clean out the lint trap after every load and plan on an annual cleaning of the vent pipe from your laundry room to outside. Many dryers offer sensors when they detect partial blocking so you may need to clean the dryer vent more often. Other ways to extend the life of your machines is to not overload it, make sure they are leveled, replace washer hoses every five years and runt he cleaning cycle according to the recommendations found in your owner's manual. In fact, following the manual's advice is crucial, especially when it comes to installation, maintenance, and load size. And keep in mind that washers and dryers should last a decade without problems, around 26% of all newly purchased washers and 17% of dryers are likely to have problems or break down within the first 5 years. 

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SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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