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Angie's List: Washer and Dryer Care

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You probably don't think your everyday actions are harming your major appliances.

But chances are, you're doing something to at least one of them that could lead to an emergency repair call.

Over time, abusing or neglecting your appliances will bring about an earlier-than-expected end to their useful life.

In this edition of Angie's List, KULR-8's Emily Nantz has the mistakes you could be making with your washer and dryer.

"The more water you have in there, the more freely your clothes are going to move around and wash," says Rick Cantleberry, an appliance repairman.

He says overloading the washing machine is the most common mistake he sees customers make.

"The rule of thumb is come up to the top hole of your inner tub. Your inner tub, your outer tub on the outside of that is what holds the water, so you bring your clothes up to about right there which is really only about two-thirds of the way up on your agitator."

An off-balance load can also cause damage to your washer. So, you should wash heavy things with heavy things to keep it balanced.

To reduce build-up, clean it regularly.

As for the dryer, clean the lint screen after every load.

If you use dryer sheets, you also need to rinse the screen.

"If the water you run through here, it pools up on here, it doesn't come through, you know you have a problem you can use a wire brush of some sort to clean that."

If you skip routine maintenance, you may find yourself in the market for a new washer or dryer.

"Some members have actually told us they considered buying refurbished appliances, but if you are doing that make sure you understand if they come with a warranty or do they come as-is?" says Angie Hicks.

One more tip, the rubber hoses connected to your washing machine can rot and burst over time which will leave you with a big mess. Replace them with stainless steel braided hoses.

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