Laundry Tips for Your Washer and Dryer

Kenmore Front-Load Washer and Dryer

Is your washer or dryer acting up? Our video playlist has easy-to-follow solutions for the most common laundry problems.

Love it or loathe it, laundry is a fact of life. Here are some of our most popular Appliance Maintenance Quick Tips videos to help you get the most out of your washer and dryer. They cover everything from cleaning and maintenance to DIY repair troubleshooting and tips for how to know when it’s time to call in the experts.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Sure, it cleans your clothes. But do you need to clean your washing machine itself every now and then? The answer: Yes. Here’s how.

  1. Run an empty load on hot with 2 cups bleach or vinegar.

  2. Add 1/2 cup detergent halfway through the cycle.

  3. Wipe down the interior with a sponge once the cycle is complete.

How to Fix a Clogged Dryer Vent

If your dryer isn’t drying clothes, a clogged dryer vent could be the problem. A clogged vent could also potentially lead to a dangerous fire. You should clean your dryer vent once a year at least. Here’s how to check for a clog.

  1. Run the dryer on high heat.

  2. Place your hand over the exterior vent to check airflow.

  3. No hot air coming out? Don’t wait! A clogged vent could cause a fire! Avoid a DIY disaster and call a service technician to clean the vent correctly and safely.

How to Clean Out Your Drain Hose

Washer won’t drain? The likely culprit is a clogged drain hose. Here’s what to try before calling in an expert.

  1. Turn off the water.

  2. Detach the drain hose.

  3. Clean out any blockages. If it’s serious, use a plumbing snake to unclog.

  4. Reattach the drain hose.

Four Washing Machine Troubleshooting Tips

If your washer won’t start, try these troubleshooting tips before calling in an expert.

  1. Take a few items out.

  2. Shut the door firmly.

  3. Make sure it’s plugged in — and that the outlet is working.

  4. Try a different cycle.

Three Signs You May Need a New Washer

When is it time to throw in the towel (or other laundry items) and get a new machine? If the above troubleshooting tips haven’t worked, it might be time to break up with your appliance. It’s not you — it’s the washer. Other than understanding how long washing machines last, here are three signs that hint at a serious issue and that it might be time to go shopping.

  1. If your washer won’t spin, there’s likely a problem with the lid switch, motor coupling, drive belt or other mechanics.

  2. If your washer leaks, the machine’s tub seal or bearing kit could be in trouble.

  3. If your washer overflows, the pressure switch or water inlet valve may need to be replaced.

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