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Washing Machine

Routine Care Task

Inspect for leaks, inspect hoses, and clean inlet filters

Priority

Leaks from a washing machine can cause serious water damage.

Timing: 

February (yearly)


NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Washing Machine are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.


If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Washing Machine.

How To

washing machine care The following maintenance tasks should be performed on your washing machine:

Check for leaks: Look especially around the inlet water valves and hoses, the tub, and the water drainage system. NOTE: If you find leaks, unplug the washing machine immediately (water and electricity are a dangerous combination).

Inspect water hoses: Look for leaks around connections, and any signs of cracking of the hoses.

Clean water inlet filters: To clean the water inlet filter, close the water faucets or valves, then pull the washing machine away from the wall so that you can disconnect the hoses (have a pot handy to catch any water that runs out). The inlet water filters are a fine-mesh flat circle that fits just inside of where the hose connects to the washing machine. Remove the filters from each hose connection and clean them thoroughly. Replace, and carefully assemble and re-attach the water hoses, and put the washing machine back in position.


If your unit has a lint filter, it should be cleaned according to your manufacturer's recommendations.

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Benefits

  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
  • Health & Safety
  • Maintaining Value
  • Energy Savings

The benefits of this task are relatively high, as it helps prevent damage from costly water leaks.

Costs

The cost of this task is moderately low from an investment of time standpoint. It is estimated that this task should take about 60 minutes to complete, and the task is relatively easy to do. No specialized tools are required.

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