By Platinum Team October 9, 2012

How to Extend the Life Of Your Washer And Dryer

Appliances are a great thing that makes our lives easier, but when they break down, they can get very expensive to replace. Instead of just hoping for the best and wishing that your washer and dryer last for a long time, there are things you can do to extend the lifespan of your devices. This sort of home warranty will also help you keep your appliances from damaging your home. First, don’t overuse the appliances. They are great for washing and drying your clothes, but if you’re using them constantly, overdrying your clothes, or doing dozens of smaller loads of laundry instead of just one larger one, you are wasting energy and wasting the life of your appliance. Try to only dry as long as the clothes need to come out without being wet, or even take them out when they are still slightly damp and allow them to air dry. This will save energy and help you preserve the dryer. A moisture sensor is another way to achieve this, if you are shopping for a new dryer. Check to see if you can find one that offers a moisture sensor as a way to get a better dry and save your home warranty. Another way to ensure the longevity of your appliances and your home warranty is to clean them out regularly. Clean the attachments, dispensers, in and around the washer and dryer on a regular basis. While this may be somewhat difficult to do, it’s an important step to keeping your appliances ready. Reading the manual probably isn’t your idea of a great time (just like reading through your home warranty), but if you take a few minutes to read what it says, you can identify things that you may not have known that will keep it from getting damaged in the long run. If you don’t have small children who could accidentally end up inside the dryer, open the door just a little after you do a load in the washer so it can dry out. This can help you keep the drum dry, and help you avoid mold or other undesirable things that can build up when it’s left wet all the time. You’ve heard it before, but it’s important to be sure that you also clean out the screens so they don’t have lint build up inside of them. For your own protection (and, again, for a mini home warranty as well) you want to avoid letting the screens get lint build up that can be flammable when it’s in the vicinity of the hot dryer. Another way to avoid fires is also to check the vents on your dryer. You don’t want to have the vent system clogged with debris, animals, lint, or other things that can catch fire and cause your house to catch fire. Finally, if you’re planning a vacation, be sure that the washer and dryer are off and will not be running while you’re gone. That way you won’t come to home to find a flooded house, or the charred ashes of your home because the appliances caused problems while you were gone. There are many ways that you can extend the life of your washer and dryer, avoiding problems at home and avoiding the expense of having to buy new ones.]]>