Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: 4 Steps to Take When Your High-Efficiency Washer’s on the Fritz

If your high-efficiency washer is giving you problems, the issue might not be one that requires a repair technician. It could something that you could take care of on your own. Before you call the repair company, here are four simple steps that could clear up the problem for you.

Give It Some Air

If you shut the door as soon as you are done with the last load of laundry, you might be inviting mold and mildew to set up shop. Your high-efficiency washer needs lots of fresh air. To avoid mold and mildew, leave the door open between loads. This will allow your washing machine to dry out and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Pamper the Filter

High-efficiency washing machines use a lot less water than traditional washers. Because of this, the dirt filters through the machine in a high concentration. As a result, your washing machine filter can get clogged with dirt and other contaminants. When that happens, you could notice that your clothes aren't getting as clean as they should. To keep your washing machine working properly, be sure to wash your filter at least once a week. It's also a good idea to keep a spare filter on hand. This will allow you to rotate your filters, and this will give them time to air out between uses.

Check the Drain Hose

If you're having to run your clothes through a second cycle to try to get them clean, your drain hose might not be positioned properly. If your hose is either too far away from the washer or too low, dirty water could be filtering back into the washing machine instead of being drained. If that's happening, your clothes could be going through a rinse cycle filled with dirty water. To fix the problem, check the drain hose. It should be positioned so that it's not stretched out and so it rests midway on the back of the machine.

Clean It Out

If your clothes are coming out with foul odors, your washing machine could be dirty. Soap scum and dirt can build up inside your high-efficiency washing machine. To remove the odors, fill your washing machine as usual, add one cup of liquid bleach, and run a normal cycle—without the clothing. Once the cycle is complete, open the door and allow the machine to air out. Use a clean cloth to wipe along the inside of the door gasket to remove dirt and soap scum. For best results, try cleaning your washing machine at least once a month.

If your washing machine is giving you problems, don't call the repair technician just yet. Try these simple steps to keep your machine running smoothly. If these steps don't cure the problem, be sure to contact a repair technician, such as one from J & M Appliance, as soon as possible.