Whirlpool is one of the leading washer and dryer brands on the market today. In fact, we often recommend Whirlpool laundry appliances to customers looking to invest in a new washer and dryer.
Our recommendation is based on reliability. Whirlpool washers and dryers can last for 14-17 years (that’s a long time for a laundry appliance!). However, machines that aren’t cared for properly have a much shorter life.
Routine maintenance is the best way to get the full potential from your washer and dryer.
Whirlpool Laundry Maintenance
With the average laundry appliance repair costing between $150 and $350, a few minutes of maintenance each month could really pay off! Properly cared for machines see far less repair technicians than machines that are neglected.
Just look at what we dug out of this neglected machine!
Ok, enough with the shock and awe. Here’s how to keep your washer and dryer in tiptop shape:
Maintenance on washers:
- Use the correct amount of laundry detergent. Too much laundry detergent can cause all kinds of issues with your machine including stink, leaks, and other unexpected repairs.
- Clean your washer with a washing machine cleaner like Affresh monthly.
- Clean the door boot regularly. Wipe out the inside of the door boot to prevent mold growth.
- Check for cracks in the drain hose and fill hose monthly. Replace worn hoses to prevent leaks.
Maintenance on dryers:
- Clean the lint filter every time you dry a load of clothes: cleaning the filter will keep the dryer running at its best.
- Remove debris from your dryer vents every six months. Use a dryer vent cleaning kit (like this one here) to remove lint from the exhaust hose and vent.
- Opt for dryer balls to prevent wax build up on your lint trap.
- Do not overload your dryer: only load the dryer with the amount of clothes that will easily fit, this will keep the dryer from working overtime to get your clothes dry.
If your washer or dryer stops working properly, take the time to have it repaired right away. There may only be a slight difference in how the appliance is operating, but this slight difference could mean a large problem down the road. Putting off a repair will cost much more in the long run.
For more DIY maintenance tips, visit Whirlpool’s Laundry Product Help page here.