Angie's list Maintaining your washer and dryer

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 11:19am

You probably don't think your everyday actions are harming your major appliances, but chances are, you're doing something to at least one of them that could lead to an emergency repair call.

Over time, abusing or neglecting your appliances will bring about an earlier-then-expected end to their useful life.

In today's Angie's list report, the mistakes you're making with your washer and dryer.

The most common mistake customers make.

Rick Cantleberry/Appliance Repairman: "The rule of thumb is come up to the top of your hole of your inner tub. Your inner tub, your outer tub on the outside of that is what holds the water, so you bring your clothes up to about right there which is really only about two-thirds of the way up on your agitator."

An off balance load can also cause damage to your washer.

"Wash heavy things with other heavy things. Light things with other light things, weight wise. You want to wash jeans with towels and T-shirts with underwear and socks, things like that."

To help reduce build up in the tub of your top loader, clean it regularly.

If you have a front loader, wipe the door down to prevent a mildew odor

When it's time to dry your clothes, clean the lint screen after every load.

if you use dryer sheets, you also need to rinse the screen.

If you skip maintenance, you may find yourself in the market for a new washer and dryer.

Angie hicks/Angie's list: "When it comes to replacing your washing machine, typically a top loading washing machine starts at about $350 while a front loader starts at around $700. Some members have actually told us they considered buying refurbished appliances, but if you are doing that make sure you understand if they come with a warranty or do they come as is."

Here's another tip: The rubber hoses connected to your washing machine, over time they can rot and burst, which will leave you with a big mess.

Replace them with stainless steel braided hoses.

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