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Washing machines rarely get noticed until you’re ankle deep in water from a burst-pipe and trying to salvage a rancid load of laundry. A quick inspection of your washing machine can prevent significant water damage and salvage your best pair of slacks.
Need a hand? If you notice a problem with your front-loading washing machine or would like a professional assessment of your appliance, check Angie's List to find a professional in your area.
If you haven’t already, replace the rubber hoses that likely came with your washing machine with new, steel braided hoses. They cost a bit more but last a lot longer and won’t split open. This simple, inexpensive task will help you reduce the likelihood of a water catastrophe.
Inspect the hoses and the hose connections for leaks to ensure they are in good condition and tightly fastened.
Inspect and clean the door seal. Pull back the seal to check for foreign objects or stains. If stains are found, mix ¾ cup of liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon of warm tap water and wipe it down. Let the solution stand for around five minutes, then wipe the areas down with a dry cloth and let the washer dry.
Clean out the dispenser in warm soapy water. The dispenser may not be dishwasher safe.
If your washer has a “clean washer cycle” or similar (check your owner’s manual), run a cycle. When it’s done, leave your washing machine door open so that it can dry (be careful if you have small children or pets that can crawl inside). It will leave your washer as fresh and clean as your clothes.