Maintaining Your Washing Machine

Nothing can bring your home life to a standstill like having your washing machine go down. The average lifespan of a washing machine is 11 years, but to make your model last that long requires regular home maintenance and experienced repair help when needed. 

Keep It Level

Your washing machine will last much longer if it is properly leveled. If it is vibrating and shaking the laundry room walls, then you need to adjust the "legs" so that the front ones are close to the floor and positioned to keep the machine level. Many machines have rear legs that adjust automatically once you tilt the machine forward on its front legs and slowly settle the rear of the machine back to the floor.  

Inspect and Clean

Every month, take a look at your machine's hoses for signs of cracks and leaks. Also, make certain the fittings are tight. To be safe, you should replace your washer hoses once every five years. You can also clean the drums and gaskets by using a half-water/half-vinegar solution. 

One area people ignore is the detergent and bleach dispensers. If these are removable on your machine, submerge them in hot water to get out the sticky residue. If they are not removable, pour hot water through them until they are clean. 


When your washer stops working, you should contact an experienced appliance repairman. Word of mouth is always a good way to find someone who offers a quality service. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. If you do use the yellow pages, search for a business that takes credit cards, both for your convenience and to offer you recourse if you are not happy with the repairs. Also, do not be afraid to ask how much the repair will cost before the work is done.  Find a company that will offer you a warranty on the parts and labor, and keep your invoice. Cultivating a good relationship with an appliance repair company will serve you well in the future. 

If you buy a good model washing machine, you can expect to keep it for a decade or more as long as you practice regular maintenance on it yourself. If a problem does arise, choose an appliance repair company, like Crown Appliance & Refrigeration Service, to get your machine running again. A combination of homecare and professional repair should keep you out of the market for a new machine for years to come.