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Give Your Washer and Dryer a Longer Life


 Give Your Washer and Dryer a Longer Life

You can extend the life of your washer and dryer—and your clothes—by treating your appliances with care on laundry day. Here’s how:

  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter after every use. Occasionally vacuum the chute that houses the filter.
  • Unfasten the duct from the dryer at least twice a year and vacuum it.
  • Cut down on drying times if your clothes consistently come out wrinkled. That means you’re overdrying.
  • On nice days, skip the dryer completely by installing and using a clothesline.
  • Avoid overloading your washing machine with comforters, rugs and large blankets. Check your owner’s manual to learn how much weight your washer’s tub can safely handle.
  • Balance your load of laundry. Washers can fail when heavy loads bang around in an unbalanced machine.
  • Replace your water intake hoses every five years, even if they look OK. Older hoses are prone to bursting.