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8 things that put your washing machine at risk

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A washing machine is an essential household appliance. Its also a major financial investment. Heres how to avoid common laundry-day mistakes that have the potential to damage your washer ... perhaps permanently.

1. Zippers

Besides snagging delicate clothes, zippers can catch in your washing machines drum. Zipper scratches on the doors of front loading washers are even suspected of perhaps causing the glass panel to explode.  

Fix: Before doing a load of laundry, make sure any zipper tabs are pulled all the way to the top.

2. Brassieres

Your dainty lady things can actually be pretty rough on even the toughest washer. Hooks and underwires may damage the drum.  

Fix: Hand wash, or stash your lingerie in a specially made mesh bag. An old pillow case works equally well, as long as you knot the end.

3. Coins

Another type of metal object that endangers your laundry machine is coins. Left unnoticed in a pocket or tote, these batter against your washers drum and glass door with even more force than zippers or hooks.  

Fix: Check the pockets of all clothes before tossing them in the machine. Some folks claim that keeping any cash found this way is a perk for the person who does the wash.

4. Cold water

Although washing with cold water saves energy and reduces shrinkage and fading of your natural-fiber clothes, you can have too much of a good thing. Your washing machine will perform better if you regularly run a maintenance cycle.

Fix: Set the (empty) machine to its hottest temperature, add a cup of vinegar and put the washer through its paces to descale and remove mineral deposits. Perform this task at least once a month if you live in an area such as Arizona which has extremely hard water, Phoenix handymen recommend descaling every week.

5. Wet clothes

Leaving wet laundry in the machine long after the wash cycle has completed leads to unpleasant odors and possibly mold in both your clothes and your washer.  

Fix: remove finished wash loads promptly. When, for whatever reason, you cant dry the laundry immediately, place it in a plastic laundry basket in a ventilated area to reduce the risk of smells and mildew.  If youre unable even to do that, at least open the washing machine door.

6. Too much detergent

Overdosing your washer with detergent wont get your clothes cleaner in fact it tends to leave them dingy due to leftover soap residue and it just might damage your machines sensitive control panel.  

Fix: Check your users manual to see how much detergent is optimal for your model, then use that as a measuring guide, especially if you have a modern high-efficiency washing machine. Out of laundry detergent? Resist the temptation to sub in dishwasher detergent; its high foaming action is really bad news for a clothes washer.

7. Too much electricity

A lightning strike or severe power surge can harm circuits and melt plastic components of any appliance containing a microprocessor, such as refrigerators, computers and washing machines.  

Fix: Protect all expensive appliances by grounding your electrical system adequately and installing surge protectors. It is recommended to unplug your washer when not in use.

8. Too much laundry

Your washing machine is willing to work only so hard and no harder. Overstuffing it with dirty clothes tends to cause excessive wear on its suspension and bearings.  

Fix: Check the manufacturers suggestions for your particular models capacity in pounds. Weigh a few sample loads to get an idea of what that looks like. Remember that items such as heavy denim work clothes or thick wool sweaters generally weigh more than the same volume of, say, polyester blouses.

Laura Firszt writes for Networx.com.

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