1. Replace the water hoses
Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.
2. Add a drip
Add a drip pan underneath your washing machine. This is an important addition to an upstairs laundry room, since water leaks could damage the floors below it.
3. Don’t overload the machine
Use the appropriate amount of water for the size of the load. Wash heavy or bulky items in small loads since these are harder on the appliance.
4. Keep the machine level.
A washing machine that’s off kilter can vibrate, rock, or “walk” across the floor during the spin cycle, which can damage the floor or the machine. Balance the washer by turning the legs clockwise to lower it, and counterclockwise to raise it.
5. Measure your detergent.
Read the appliance instruction manual to make sure you use the correct type and amount of detergent for your machine. Too much soap can leave residue on your clothes and cause excess wear and tear on your washer, and high-efficiency washers require a special, low-sudsing detergen
6.Wash the washing machine
Rinse away soap residue and buildup by running store-bought washing machine cleaner, or a solution of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda through an empty load.