We’re used to attending to a whole bunch of different appliance malfunctions, from major projects that require a great deal of attention, to small or minor issues that can sometimes be fixed with the flick of a switch or the turn of a screw. No matter what kind of situation you’re facing at home or at work, our licensed and highly skilled personnel can be with you in the blink of an eye to have your expensive equipment running smoothly again — regardless of if it takes us five minutes or five hours to assess the damage.
The breakdowns we see most often, though, are entirely preventable, and especially when it comes to home washers and dryers — just so long as you’re willing to treat them with respect, and spend the occasional period devoted to maintenance and cleaning. And we’re not talking thorough, industrial-style scouring, but just simple, everyday care, and a little common sense.
The first step to keeping your washer and dryer in excellent condition is to keep — and consult — your owner’s manuals. You know, those little booklets or folded pieces of paper that came with your appliances? They’ll have a host of quality tips and recommendations for use and cleaning. You’d be surprised at how many costly repair bills can be saved by simply giving them a read!
If your washer is making a loud racket, you might not have anything wrong with it; its legs might simply be out of balance. All you have to do to level the cabinet and stop the noise is to adjust each leg. Do this with a partner (or two) to avoid taking out your back. If that doesn’t work, you’re might be overloading the machine. Sure, it saves time and effort to jam in as much clothes as possible, but it’s never a good idea for such a hard-working appliance. The couplers, bearings, motor, pump, drive belts, and drum rollers can all be damaged by overloaded washers, and each damaged item is going to cost you to repair. If you blow more than one, you might even be better off buying a new machine! Another thing to remember is to not drag clothes across the threshold into and out of the drum — you could tear the rubber gaskets.
Most dryers that don’t seem to be working properly are either (again) overloaded with clothes, or their lint trays haven’t been emptied in quite some time. It’s always surprising to learn that some people just don’t know to empty the lint! If they leave the lint for long enough, sooner or later they’re going to blow a fuse—another costly repair.
Both washers and dryers often break down because people slam the doors. Even if you’re really, really angry, whacking an appliance door closed is inevitably going to bust the switch mechanism that lets the machine know that the door is safely closed and it’s safe to continue running. As we’ve said, if you want to save money in needless repairs, just take your time, take a deep breath, and be gentle. You won’t regret it.
If you’ve inadvertently caused a problem with your washer or dryer — or any other household appliance — don’t fret. All you’ve got to do is pick up the phone or send us a message online, and we’ll arrange to have a friendly and efficient technician zip over to your place to get you washing and drying again in no time. And don’t worry; we won’t scold you for beating up your appliances!