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Helps Parents Prep the Washing Machine for the Back-to-School Laundry
Simple maintenance tasks ensure clean clothes and
avoid repair headaches
CANTON, Mich. - August 31, 2006
- As kids head back to
school, parents nationwide are bracing for a lot more laundry.
Somehow, kids manage to attract enormous amounts of dirt from
school playgrounds, making the washer a truly mission-critical
appliance at this time of year. Chris Hall, president of RepairClinic.com®,
and his team of appliance-repair
experts are standing by with free DIY advice and tips for busy
are some simple steps that appliance owners should take to prevent
expensive washing machine problems," says Hall, whose company,
RepairClinic.com, provides consumers with the information and
parts they need to fix their appliances. "We always recommend
that our customers check the water hoses behind their washers
each year. They are easy to replace, but if they are worn they
may burst, which can flood a home with thousands of gallons of
Common washing machine problems and some DIY fixes
If the washer seems to be out of balance, won't spin
properly, or bangs and rocks excessively, it's probably not perfectly
level. Adjusting the leveling feet or strengthening the floor
under the washer will often fix this problem.
Washing Machine Repair Help.
If your washer drains water but doesn't spin, it could be a defective
lid switch. The switch is located inside the washing machine main
housing, near the lid frame. You might have to raise or open the
top or possibly even remove the entire cabinet of the washing
machine to get to the switch. Appliance cabinets and panels are
easy to remove once you know where the hidden screws and clips
are. RepairClinic.com can help guide you through this.
If your washer spins but won't drain,
the pump might be faulty. One of the most typical pump problems
is a blockage caused by small items left in clothes. These small
items can jam or block the pump and prevent it from working efficiently.
A replacement pump usually costs between $50 and $100. The RepairClinic
can help find the right pump for your washer.
to prevent costly water leaks
Check the rubber hoses that supply water to the clothes washer.
If there are any signs of wear and tear such as cracks, blisters
or bumps in the hoses, replace them immediately. If they haven't
been replaced in five years, replace them anyway. Use stainless
steel hoses for more peace of mind. Total cost: under $20.
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Use a washing machine drip pan to collect any water
from a spill or leak. The pan has a fitting to allow it to be
connected to the household drain pipes for larger spills or leaks.
Total cost: under $35.
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more tips available online
tips, maintenance instructions, parts and cleaning supplies for
these projects and more can all be found at RepairClinic.com.
Consumers can ask the RepairGuru, RepairClinic's online help wizard,
for help with most every major appliance
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tools and parts, savvy consumers can extend the life of their appliances,
save money, and conserve the environment. Consumers can visit
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repair help, or call a customer service representative
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