Sioux City, IA (ABC 9 News) - Overloading your washing machine is the most common mistake customers make.
An off–balance load can also cause damage to your washer.
Rick Cantleberry, an appliance repairman, says, "Wash heavy things with other heavy things. Light things with other light things, weight wise. You want to wash jeans with towels and t-shirts 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. When it's time to dry your clothes, clean the lint screen after every load. If you use dryer sheets, you also need to rinse the screen.
Angie's List says if you skip maintenance, you may find yourself in the market for a new washer and dryer.
According to Angie Hicks, "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?"