The first step to maintaining your washing machine is removing mineral deposits and soap build-up from your appliance’s tub. To accomplish this, purchase pure citric acid crystals from your grocery store and run them in an empty load. Next, examine the tub, checking for any rust stains caused by nicks in the porcelain. There are several at-home options to repair this damage: cover the spot with a bit of enamel paint or clear nail polish, or purchase a porcelain repair kit from your hardware store. For more extreme cases of rust, you may want to consider a professionally installed plastic tub liner, which will extend the life of your machine.

Next, examine the washer’s hoses. Ensure that they are all in good shape and connected snugly at both ends. If your washer has rubber hoses, you may want to consider replacing them with braided stainless steel hoses, which last significantly longer. Begin your hose examination by turning off the water inlet valves and removing the hoses. At one end or the other, you should find a small screen filter made of fine mesh. These can become clogged with mineral build-up or other small debris. Simply scrub these clean and replace them in the hoses.

About the author: A resident of Ohio, Daniel Schemer has served as an appliance service technician for more than 25 years. Before joining this industry, Daniel Schemer worked in kitchen supply delivery and as a mason.