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Do you need to service a washing machine?

Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

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Washing machine manufacturers recommend that you do a “service wash” once every few months. Some machines even have a self-cleaning mode. Maintenance is the key to keeping your washing machine in top shape, so check out these 8 Easy Maintenance Tips for Washing Machines.

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Then, how much does it cost to service a washing machine?

The average cost of repairing a washing machine is $150.

Similarly, how often should a washer and dryer be serviced? Most washer and dryers that are purchased new should be okay for the first 4-5 years and then I would recommend a preventive maintenance service call to check normal wear and tear items like belts and drum rollers.

Simply so, how do you service a washing machine?

9 steps for maintaining your washing machine

  1. Replace the water hoses. Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the ends.
  2. Move the machine.
  3. Keep the machine level.
  4. Clean the lint filter.
  5. Wash the washing machine.
  6. Prevent musty odors and mildew.
  7. Measure your detergent.
  8. Don't overload the machine.

How do I make sure my washing machine is clean?

Add two cups of white cleaning vinegar to detergent dispenser. Run it through a complete cycle. Run another cycle on the highest level and at the hottest water temperature, this time adding one-half cup of baking soda to the drum. When cycle is done, wipe inside drum of washer with a damp microfiber cloth.

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