Washer Repair: Why it’s Important to Clean your Washer from Time to Time

Most modern homes are equipped with a washer. This appliance is great for large families that go through a lot of clothing every week. They allow you to quickly and easily clean your clothing without having to worry about cleaning things by hand. 

While it may not be apparent to everyone, your washer sometimes needs to be washed. Many believe that because it is filled with soap and water all the time, it doesn’t require cleaning every now and then. However, that is not that case. Your washer does need cleaning due to its constant use. 

So you may wonder, why exactly should you clean your washer, how to do it, and how often. Luckily, throughout this article, we plan to tackle all of these questions. 

Why Clean Your Washer

There are a number of things that come into contact with your washer. Due to the repeated use of washers, they tend to build-up soap residue, chemical, minerals, and bacteria. These tend to get locked within the washer and will build up a film over the interior of the machine. These materials, while unhygienic on their own, can also clog mechanisms within the machine and cause it to not work as it should. The film of all of the chemicals and bacteria will start to produce a smell and may even affect the way your clothes smell when they come out. 

This is why it is important to clean your washer. Not only is it necessary for health reasons but it can also begin to wear your machine and cause it to not work as it should. 

When Should You Clean Your Washer?

How often should you clean your washer though? 

It is said that you should clean your washer at least once a month, both the inside and outside. However, due to the reasons listed above, cleaning your washer could improve its performance so the more your clean your washing machine, the better. When cleaning your washer, it is best to use a natural solution as to not harm your septic system. 

A good indication of when you should clean your washer is when you start to notice dark streaks around the rim. When you see those streaks, it’s best to clean your machine immediately. 

How to Clean Your Washer

Now we will give you a 6 step routine you can use to ensure your washer is clean and running at its best. 

  1. Clean out the innard of the machine between each use and pay attention to where you feed the machine the detergent and the door seal as that is where bacteria tend to build up the most. 
  2. Once a month run your machine on a cycle of 60C or higher without any clothing or chemicals in the machine. This will break down any mould and bacteria that has started to build up in the machine. 
  3. Use a cleaner that is made specifically for washing machines. This is the most effective way to get your machine clean and is only required every 3 to 6 months
  4. After every few washes, take an anti-bacterial wipe and a touch of bleach and wipe the drum seal to prevent any mould or bacteria from forming. 
  5. Between washes, keep the dryer door open. This will allow air to circulate through the machine and stop any bacteria from growing.
  6. Check your drain filter, excess water tends to build up and where there is moisture, there is mould so be sure to do this regularly.

 

Having a clean washer will keep it in top condition so it cleans your clothing perfectly every time. Protect your family and yourself from getting sick from bacteria and mould build-up by regularly cleaning your washing machine. 

If you have any concerns about your washer or are in need of washer repairs, call Care & Repair at (647) 957-7757. No matter the make or model of your washing machine, our appliance repair experts will get to the bottom of the fault and we are always ready to perform speedy repairs on the spot.

Washer Error Codes by Brands

Washer Error Codes by Brands

Washing machines usually have specific codes to determine an occurring error. Learning about those codes might help you cope with the trouble that happened to your laundry machine without the need to apply to professional repair service. By using this built-in diagnostic function, you can try and fix the appliance yourself.

Bosch Washing Machine Error Codes


The table includes a number of the most frequently encountered codes supported by Bosch washers. You can see a fault code in case there is any type of malfunctioning in the washer. Consult with your washer handbook in case you cannot find a code for your appliance here.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
F16Open doorAssure that the door is sealed tightly and a piece of clothing is not obstructing it
F17Water supply problemsAssure that the tap is unlocked and the inlet pipe is not crooked or jammed
F01Exceeding heating timeThe heating element needs to be checked and possibly replaced
F18Pump problemsReset the washer by turning it off and then turning it on
F20Unusual heating problemsReset the appliance by turning it off and then turning it on

Samsung Washing Machine Error Codes


You might encounter various error codes while using a Samsung washer. Check the list for a possible solution for your specific issue. Consult with a handbook for your model in case your code is not included here.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
3E1Machine overloadEnsure that you do not overload your washer with an excessive amount of clothing. Remove a couple of clothing items and try restarting the cycle
E1Water supply problemsMake sure that the tap is unlocked and the pipe is not crooked or obstructed
9E1Power issueSee to it that the power supply is on and stable. Try restarting the washing cycle
EdOpen doorMake certain that the door is sealed tightly and nothing is obstructing it
UCVoltage issueThe problem can appear in the case of voltage fluctuations. Assure that the electrical supply is stable

LG Washing Machine Error Codes


LG washing machines monitor malfunctions and show respective codes when a certain issue appears. This is a list of the frequently encountered codes. You can consult with your owner handbook in case you cannot see your fault code here.


CodeErrorAdvised Solution
IEWater supply problemsMake certain that the tap is unlocked and the pipe is not crooked or obstructed
dEOpen doorVerify that the door is sealed tightly and nothing is obstructing it
FEInlet valve issueThere might be an issue with your inlet valve. Check it and see whether it needs to be replaced
DEDraining issueExamine the drain pipe for twists and clogs. Ensure the proper function of the pump and see if something is obstructing it
PFPower issueCheck whether the electrical supply is on and stable. Try restarting the washing cycle

Electrolux Washing Machine Error Codes


This is a list of possible fault codes you can meet while using an Electrolux washer. Consult with the handbook that came with your washer in case you cannot find a specific code on the list.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
E11Water supply problemsVerify that the tap is unlocked and the pipe is not crooked or obstructed
E21Draining issueExamine the drain pipe for twists and clogs. Ensure the proper function of the pump and see if something is obstructing it
E35Overflowing issueCheck the pressure switch for signs of damage. Replace this part if it does not react to the water level properly
E55Motor issueReplace the motor in case the circuits are damaged
EH1Power issueMake certain that the electrical supply is on and stable. Try restarting the washing cycle

Kenmore Washing Machine Error Codes


There might be no need to conduct a professional diagnostic test and repair with your Kenmore appliance if you avail of the following list of common challenges and error codes.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
LFFilling issueCheck the hose for any twists and clogs. See to it that the water inlet valve is not obstructed
oLMachine overloadMake sure that you do not overload your washer with an excessive amount of clothing. Remove a couple of clothing items and try restarting the cycle
dLOpen door/lidVerify that the door/lid is sealed tightly
PFPower failure issueIn case there was a power outage, press the “Start” button to proceed with the cycle from the moment it stopped
LdLong drainingExamine the pipe to see it is not deformed or plugged so that the water could drain freely

Maytag Washing Machine Error Codes


If you are an owner of a Maytag washer, you can possibly see a fault code displayed. Check the list in order to find your code or consult with the handbook if the code is not included in the list.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
oLMachine overloadMake certain that you do not overload your washer with an excessive amount of clothing. Remove a couple of clothing items and try restarting the cycle
HCInlet hoses issueThis problem can appear if the pipes are connected to the wrong inlets. Exchange the hot and cold waterpipes and install them properly
dLOpen doorEnsure that the door is sealed tightly and nothing is obstructing it
F09Draining issueExamine the drain pipe for twists and clogs. Verify the proper function of the pump and see if something is obstructing it
F08Water supply problemsInspect the tap to establish that it is unlocked and the pipe is not crooked or obstructed

Whirlpool Washing Machine Error Codes


This is a selection of frequently encountered fault codes that might occur while using a Whirlpool washer. Please consult with the handbook that came with your washer in case you cannot find your code on the list.



CodeErrorAdvised Solution
F5 E2Open doorSee whether the door is sealed tightly and nothing is obstructing it
F8 E1Water supply problemsEnsure that the tap is unlocked and the pipe is not crooked or obstructed
F8 E2Dispenser issueMake certain that the dispenser is not jammed with a cleaning agent
F9 E1Draining issueVerify that the pipe is not deformed or plugged so that the water could drain freely
F7 E1Motor issueCheck that the washer is not overloaded with clothes. Remove excess clothes if necessary