Maintaining a second-hand washing machine is pretty much similar to the process of securing a brand-new washer. But because it has already been used, you don’t know what abuse it might have experienced in the past.
If you don’t want your second-hand washing machine to break down fast, you should use the following maintenance tips:
- The first thing you need to do after acquiring your second-hand washer is to do a quick inspection. Check the exterior of the machine if there are any rusty areas. Find out if the paint is starting to chip off or if the bearings or screws are starting to turn rusty. You can try sprucing up your washer by painting it. Purchase an appliance spray paint, an anti-rust spray, a small brush, and sandpaper.
Clean the rusty areas with the sandpaper to make the surface of the exterior of the washer smoother. Spray a bit of the anti-rust spray on the affected areas. Wait for the spray to dry up completely. Before painting it, spread old newspapers on the floor. Shake the spray paint can and spray it on the exterior of the washer.
- Check the motor of the machine. You can usually locate the motor at the back of the machine. Just remove the screws that hold the back panel of the washer in place. Slide the back panel off to reveal the motor area. Check the belt of the machine and find out if it is starting to deteriorate. Find a replacement for the belt. Install the new one
- Also, check the water hose. Make sure it connects tightly to the water source. If water is leaking, you might have to replace the water hose. Also, replace the water filter. Regularly clean the water filter to get rid of collected debris.
- Check the detergent compartment inlet valves. Nothing should block the inlet valves so water can flow in easily. If something is blocking the flow of water, check the inlet valve. Turn the washer off and try poking the valves with a narrow rod. You might also want to spray vinegar solution to the area. This can help dissolve debris, molds, and hard minerals.
- Run an empty hot water cycle and add two cups of distilled white vinegar. Let this cleaning solution dissolve hard minerals and molds inside the machine. This will prevent clogged drain and smelly washer problems.
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