Welcome back to Appliance Champion’s blog! Lately, we have been covering common problems that many of us run into with our washer. Our washers are a modern convenience that many of us probably would never want to do without. Who would want to go back before the age of modern appliances? Instead of throwing our dirty clothes in our washer and returning an hour later to clean clothes, you would have to grab a basin, a washboard, and some soap and spend at least the same amount of time—probably more—scrubbing your clothes clean. No one wants to go back to the way things were. Keep reading to learn a little more about what might be wrong with your washer the next time it seems to be on the fritz!   

Automatic Dispensers Malfunctioning

Have you ever finished washing your load of laundry at your Grapevine home only to find that the detergent is still in the dispenser and your clean clothes aren’t actually that clean? We have and we know how frustrating that can be. Often, there are a couple solutions that can solve this problem.

Make Sure You’re Using the Right Detergent

Before you use a new washer make sure you know what detergent it needs and that you are putting the right kind of detergent in the correct dispenser. For many newer washers, the liquid will go in one dispenser while, if you use powder, it goes in another spot. Also, most newer washers require high-efficiency soap and many older ones don’t work properly without regular detergent.

Clean Your Dispenser Monthly

To eliminate the chance of an issue with clogging and the dispenser not releasing your laundry soap, clean your dispenser each month by heating one cup of distilled white vinegar and pouring it in the dispenser. Run a full regular cycle. The vinegar will clear residue and other clogging elements that can cause your washer not to function as it should.

Washer Odors

Another issue that many run into with their washer is icky odors. This can be startling and unpleasant to experience especially when you’re relying on the machine to get your clothes clean. Stale and nasty odors can occur in both front-loading and top-loading washers. However, with a little care and monthly maintenance, you can keep the odors at bay.

Avoid Using Too Much Detergent

Sometimes your washer can smell bad due to using too much detergent. Extra suds can not only trap odors, but will leave dirty water residue. If you’re unsure how much detergent to use, consult your detergent bottle and your washer’s manual.

Clean Your Washer Regularly

Cleaning your washer monthly isn’t a bad idea. Cleaning your washer can not only make sure that your detergent compartment doesn’t become clogged—and your washer quits working—but you may be able to avoid unpleasant smells almost altogether.

Check For Signs of Excessive Moisture

Due to the construction of your washer and the humidity, sometimes excess moisture can be the root cause of unpleasant smells in your laundry room. If your laundry room is prone to humidity or you keep your washer door closed, keep an eye out for mildew and mold. If you see mold or mildew, be sure to clean it up right away!

This concludes our series, “What’s Wrong With My Washer?” Still not sure what is wrong with your appliance? Call Appliance Champion! We offer our washer repair services to Grapevine and the surrounding areas. We understand how frustrating it is to be without an easy means to wash your clothes and so strive to give you an appointment as soon as we can. Visit our website to learn more about us and to make an appointment!