(WDEF) The experts say overloading the washing machine is the most common mistake they see customers make.
Rick Cantleberry works for an appliance repair company. He said, "The rule of thumb is come up to the top hole of your inner tub. Your inner tub, your outer tub on the outside of that is what holds the water, so you bring your clothes up to about right there which is really only about two-thirds of the way up on your agitator."
An off-balance load can also cause damage to your washer. Cantleberry added, "Wash heavy things with other heavy things. Light things with other light things, weight wise. You want to wash jeans with towels and tshirts with underwear and socks, things like that."
To help reduce build-up in the tub of your top loader, clean it regularly.
If you have a front loader, wipe the door down to prevent a mildew odor.
Cantleberry continued, "When you're done with the washer for the day, wipe it out real good, the boot inside there and keep it dry and keep the door cracked open a little if you can. That's lets the air get in there and doesn't suffocate the inside and cause mold growth."
Angie's List says if you skip maintenance, you may find yourself in the market for a new washer and dryer.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "When it comes to replacing your washing machine, typically a top loading washing machine starts at about $350 while a front loader starts at about $700. Some members have actually told us they considered buying refurbished appliances, but if you are doing that make sure you understand if they come with a warranty or do they come as-is?"
Over time the rubber hoses connected to your washing machine can rot and burst. And that will leave you with a big mess.
The experts say to replace them with stainless steel braided hoses.