These 'Helpful Tips' and the 'Myths About Appliances' sections could help you rectify simple problems without any other help and before they turn into costly ones. They could also help you avoid the need for service altogether. Appliance411 major home appliance parts, repair and service information for consumers.
Washing rubber backed mats can cause problems by putting added strain on a washer and possibly causing unbalanced loads. In addition, the rubber backing can break down and separate, infiltrating the wash system clogging hoses, pumps, filters and valves. At the first sign of wear of the backing, you should discontinue washing it. (Added: 24-Mar-2000)
Any water leak should be tended to immediately. Water can damage bearings, motors and even the transmission. First look for leaking hoses, if you cannot determine where the leak is, call a service technician. (Added: 24-Jul-1999)
Unusual noises should be tended to quickly. A squealing or grinding noise may lead to a water leak or more extensive damage. (Added: 24-Jul-1999)
Before washing brassieres, check for worn edges. The under wires frequently separate from the garment and cause major damage to the washing machine and dryer components. (Added: 24-Jul-1999)
Heavy clothing such as jeans and towels should be spread out over two or more loads. These fabrics absorb lots of water and can put added strain on the machine. (Added: 24-Jul-1999)
The water taps for the washing machine should be shut off when the washing machine is not in use. Most rubber fill hoses are not meant to withstand constant water pressure and can burst. If in an awkward position and difficult to reach, purchase high pressure, braided metal fill lines. (Added: 24-Jul-1999)