Buying a washing machine or a dryer is a huge annoyance and expenditure; something you want to do as few times in your life as possible. That’s why the folks at FreeShipping.org have come up with a list of 10 things you can do to help keep your washer washing and dryer drying for years to come.
1. Look for a moisture sensor Any new dryer you buy should have a moisture sensor that will automatically shut off the machine when clothes are dry.
2. Don’t overdry Overdrying wastes energy and reduces the life span of your clothes.
3. Keep it clean Clean out dispensers and attachments at least once a month.
4. Wipe it down Wipe the glass and door gaskets dry after each load, paying particular attention to folds and crevices.
5. Read the manual Manuals make for the most boring reading on earth, but it’s important you know the ins and outs of your appliances.
6. Crack the door Unless you have small children who could climb into the washer, leave the door open a crack after each load so the drum can dry.
7. Forget the Affresh tablets This product is supposed to prevent odors by removing dirt and detergent but residue frequently remains after use.
8. Clean ducts and screens Lint buildup reduces the effectiveness of dryers, making them work harder and longer and costing more money.
9. Vent dryers properly Look for solid-metal ducts. Flexible plastic or metal ducts trap lint when they sag or bend, creating a fire hazard.
10. Prep for vacations Going out of town? Unplug your washer and dryer and turn off the water supply to the washer to avoid accidental flooding.
This is where you tell us which items on this list you think are complete BS and what items should have made the top 10…
10 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Washer and Dryer [FreeShipping.org]