Do not go to the laundromat or call a repairman right away if your washer or dryer stopped working, without trying these tips first. If your washing machine simply will not work at all, make sure that the lid is closed properly. This is true for both top loading and front loading machines. On a top loading machine, the lid must close properly in order to engage the cycle. Frontloading washing machines must be close properly in order to allow the locking latch system to work, which will then engage the machine. It is also important to make sure that all of the controls are set properly and that you have not accidentally set the timer on the machine, preventing it from starting right away. If your washer is not getting any water, make sure that your water faucets are turned on, and that the hoses are not kinked anywhere. Along with these simple tips, you also want to make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s suggested loading procedures as well as the proper machine operation for your washer. This will help to prevent overloading your machine, which can cause premature wear and tear, and expensive repairs or even replacement costs.
For your clothes dryer, if it stops working, there are a few things that you want to make sure of first. If your clothes are not drying properly, the first thing you want to check is the settings that you have put your dryer on. If you have put your dryer on an air only setting, your clothing is not going to get dry very quickly. You may want to select a different setting to ensure that your dryer heats up to dryer close properly. You also want to make sure that your dryer has not been pushed so far back against the wall and the exhaust ducts are being restricted. This will prevent your dryer from drying properly, because of the airflow restriction to it. Another thing you want to make sure out to help your dryer run properly at all times, is to make sure that the clothes that you are putting into it have been thoroughly spun by your washer and are only damp dry.
If the clothes you put into your dryer are very wet, your dryer will not be able to dry your clothes in a typical amount of time. You also want to ensure that the outside vent is clear of excess lint, birds or any other type of obstruction. It is also very important to make sure that your lint screen is clean in between drying loads of clothes, because this will inhibit proper drying of your clothes, in addition to being a fire hazard. Always follow the manufacturer’s suggested loading procedure for your dryer, as well as the settings for each type of clothing, to ensure that your dryer runs properly for its entire life. You also want to make sure not to overload the dryer, because not only will this increase the wear and tear on your dryer, but can actually be a fire hazard as well.