Keep laundry day running smoothly
You probably don’t spend a ton of time with your washing machine and/or dryer – which is one of the great things about them. For the most part, you just throw clothes in, twiddle some buttons and add some detergent, and leave them be until they’re done. But they’re also fairly complicated machines that can wear out over time and do require upkeep and TLC. If you notice any of these issues or disruptions of the way your washer or dryer usually works, don’t ignore it. Some of these issues may be quick fixes while others may require professional help – or even a new machine. But hopefully, you can avoid that by looking into these errors as soon as you notice them.
Blocked lint trap
The world of appliance issues is filled with confusing terminology and different parts. The “lint trap” of your dryer is the covering that catches lint and keeps it inside the dryer. “Cleaning it is an essential part of owning and operating a dryer,” says Tim Koster, founder of CleverCreations. “If your dryer does not dry your clothes as quickly as it once did, it can be a sign that the lint trap…needs to be cleaned.” Koster warns that, in addition to just keeping your clothes from getting fully dry, there’s another, even more, crucial reason to clean your lint trap often. “Lint is flammable, and when enough of it builds up, it can become a fire hazard,” he warns. Especially in combination with the reduced airflow, which can cause your dryer to get too hot on the inside.” He suggests taking a peek at the lint trap every time you use the dryer. If there’s buildup, clean it out.
Yes, your washing machine is supposed to move and shake a bit while doing a load – but something’s probably up if its intensity is noticeably higher than usual. “Like cars, washers have shock absorbers, to absorb the bumps that naturally come with large laundry loads,” says James Surrey, founder & Chief Editor at Review Home Warranties. If you notice this vibration, “it’s possible the shock absorbers may be damaged or worn.” He says that leaving this untreated could damage other parts of your machine, or even loosen the motor. Bottom line? “If the washer begins shaking really hard, it’s seldom a one-off,” Surrey says. “It’s time to call a repair technician.”