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By Platinum Team September 14, 2023

FAQ: How Do I Maintain My Washing Machine?

Your washing machine helps keep your clothes and home smelling fresh and healthy. Make sure you’re giving your washing machine some TLC as you do your routine home maintenance! Here are a few of our top tips on keeping your washing machine running longer.


  • Check hoses regularly: Make sure to inspect your hoses for bulges or cracks. Damaged hoses can cause leakage that will damage your floors, as well as make your washing machine run less efficiently.
  • Keep machine level: Make sure your washing machine is level on the ground and doesn’t rock or shake while in use. A machine that isn’t level can damage your floor and its inner parts.
  • Clean the lint filter: You’re probably used to cleaning your dryer’s lint filter after every use, but your washing machine has one as well! Older top load models will usually have a lint filter located at the end of the drain hose or along the top rim of the drum. Newer top-load or front load models have a self-cleaning pump. 
  • Keep load sizes manageable: You can do serious damage to your washing machine if you put too big a load in at once, so make sure to break your laundry up into smaller loads. Also consider getting larger garments or other items professionally cleaned. 
  • Use the right detergent: The type of detergent you use does matter! Using the wrong detergent for your washing machine can cause damage and inefficient cleaning, so double-check the type of detergent and the recommended amount before use. 
  • Wash your washing machine: Soap residue can build up, causing mold, mildew, and a really funky smell! Every month or so, run an empty load using the correct detergent for your machine, a recommended cleaner, or a mixture of hot water and vinegar. 
  • Don’t let wet clothes linger: Leaving wet clothes in the washing machine for too long can leave them and your machine covered in mold and mildew, especially if you live in a humid climate. Set a timer on your phone or your machine itself so you don’t forget to transfer clothes once they’re done! 


Need support in taking care of your washing machine or another system or appliance? We’re happy to help! Reach out to us at 602.733.5000.