Depending on the size of your family, you may use your washer and dryer anywhere from a few times a week to multiple times a day. So when your washer and dryer aren’t working, it can be a real problem.
Look for these four signs when your washer and dryer should be replaced and get them taken care of before you have to waste any of your time or money at the coin-op laundromat.
Leaks are a major red flag when it comes to washing machines.
Check your washer and the area around it for leaks and puddles. Sometimes, leaks are caused by a loose connection or damaged hose that can often be repaired or replaced. Other times, especially with older machines, leaks are a sign of worse things to come.
Ultimately, when it comes to a leaky washer, you don’t want to wait for a fix. If the issue is the water line, have it replaced immediately. If you’re still not able to identify the problem, it’s time to call in an expert or start shopping for a replacement – chances are it’s not long for this world.
Do you hear that? Excessive noise is a sign it’s time to replace your washer or dryer.
Whether it’s banging, clanking, rattling, or any other unusual sounds, when your washer or dryer is doing its best impression of a rocket about to launch, it’s likely in urgent need of repair or replacement.
Of course, this isn’t always the case. Your washing machine may simply be off-balance. Before you start shopping for a new one, try washing smaller loads and making sure the distribution is even before you start it, especially when cleaning heavier items like towels and comforters. If this doesn’t fix the issue, stop using it and call in a pro to investigate.
Clothes aren’t drying.
Oftentimes a dryer that isn’t drying clothes may just be blocked up. Make sure all lint screens are cleared and that the vent isn’t clogged (you can find the vent outside your home). You should be able to feel a strong airflow coming through the vent while the dryer’s running.
Make sure there aren’t any bends or kinks in the air duct behind the dryer that could be preventing air from escaping. Finally, if that doesn’t solve the issue, try disconnecting the dryer and checking for any blockages that way. If that still doesn’t remedy the problem, your dryer may be done.
It’s old enough to be in the third grade.
No matter how great your washer or dryer may be, all things must come to an end. The typical lifespan of a washing machine is about eight years, though they have been known to last longer. That said, if your washer and dryer have been around for nearly a decade, chances are you’ll be looking to replace them soon enough.
Did you know the right home warranty can cover issues with washers and dryers? Learn more about what’s covered under a protection plan from Select Home Warranty.