If you have a large family or run a busy household, you need a reliable washing machine to clean your clothes. If your appliance smells bad and leaks water all over the floor, you need the right solutions for both problems fast. Take care of your washing machine's problems with the helpful solutions below.
Clean Your Washing Machine
Because washing machines use laundry detergent and other solutions to clean clothes, you might not think to add the appliance to your housecleaning list. However, even with detergent, washers can still build up mold, bacteria, and other germs over time. The germs can make your appliance smell like sewage and other unpleasant odors.
You want to clean the inside and outside of your washing machine every month with chlorinated bleach, or you can use white household vinegar. If you can't tolerate full-strength vinegar or bleach, dilute the substance with water before you use it. For example, you want to add 5 cups of plain water to 1/2 cup of bleach. You can use 1 cup of cold water to dilute 1 cup of white vinegar.
Now, follow these four steps:
- Pour some of the cleaning solution into the machine's detergent or liquid reservoir.
- Close the machine's lid, then hit cleaning cycle.
- Repeat the cleaning cycle if needed.
- Open the lid after the final cycle and allow the inside of the machine to air dry.
Finally, use a soft rag or cloth to thoroughly clean the machine's gaskets, lid, and other visible surfaces. You can now address the leak in your washing machine.
Get Your Washing Machine Serviced
Washing machines can leak for a number of reasons, including a faulty fill valve, a worn gasket, or a broken water hose. A leak can occur in the bottom of the machine, or water can run out the appliance's lid or door. Your machine may leak when the machine is on, off, or both. If you can't detect where the leak is, contact a washer repair service immediately.
An appliance repair contractor can check your washing machine's water pump, hoses, and gaskets for possible damage. For example, water pumps can leak if they develop problems with their impellers and casings. Door and lid gaskets can crack and leak over time as well. A contractor may also inspect the machine's motor, valves, and tub for problems.
A technician will repair all of the problems they find in your washing machine. If your machine needs additional services, a technician can tell you about them during the visit.
Contact an appliance repair company for the solutions, repairs, or answers you need today.