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Front load washer

Front load washing machines have many advantages. Compared to top-loading machines, these high-end washers come with more features and cycles, enabling you to take better care of your clothes. Front load washing machines typically also require less maintenance from appliance repair professionals and tend to break down less. This is because they use gravity to keep up momentum when clothes are spinning inside. Really, they’re just more energy-efficient and better overall when compared to top-loading machines. 

The trouble with front load washing washers is trivial but annoying: they can develop a smell. The reason for the smell is simple. Front load washing machines are water-tight, to prevent the water from spilling all over the floor while the machine is in use. When the machine is closed, it doesn’t air out the way a top load washing machine can. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this smell from occurring. Here’s how.

Leave the Front Door Open

Leave the front door of your washing machine cracked open when the machine isn’t in use. This gives the drum and internal parts a chance to dry between washings. Teach members of your family to leave the front door open as well. The more time your front-loading machine spends closed, the more moisture will build up inside and create an environment suitable for mildew. 

Open the Soap Dispenser

When you’re done using the washing machine, crack open the soap dispenser tray. Leave it open just a few inches to allow any soap residue inside to dry, and to prevent mold from growing in the cracks.  

Clean the Door

Clean the door glass and the rubber door seal with a mixture of vinegar and water (equal parts water and vinegar). Spray the door and seal with the mixture, then wipe it clean with a paper towel. Do the same thing with the soap dispenser tray: clean it with water and vinegar and a paper towel, or a rag. Clean the cracks and crevices. Allow all surfaces to dry fully. 

Run the Self-Clean Cycle

Most front-load washing machines have a self-clean cycle to clean the drum. Some machines require a special cleaner, while others are less specific. To find out what your machine requires and how to run the self-clean cycle, read the owner’s manual. If you no longer have your machine’s manual, call Sarah’s Appliance Repair. We’ll point you in the right direction. 

Maintain Your Machine

Maintaining your machine isn’t just a matter of keeping it clean. Although front loading washing machines tend to be well-made machines with good energy efficiency and excellent performance, they do break down from time to time. Follow the procedures in your owner’s manual for regular maintenance. If your machine needs service, call Sarah’s Appliance Repair today

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