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Common Questions About Washer And Dryer Problems Answered

Your washer and dryer are two of the most important major appliances that you own. In addition to being highly convenient, these devices can be remarkably durable. However, there are some minor problems that your washer and dryer may develop. Not surprisingly, you may have questions on the rare occasion that something goes wrong with these devices. 

Why Does The Washing Machine Supply Line Drip Water?

As time progresses, you may one day notice that a small leak has developed on with your washing machine. Sadly, some homeowners will assume this is not a major problem and fail to fix it. When this is the case, it is possible for major water damage to occur to both your home and washing machine. 

Fortunately, this problem is usually not difficult to correct. Unplug the washing machine and turn off the valve that provides water. Remove the end of the hose that connects to your washing machine, and closely examine the seal. If it appears faded, cracked or is hard to the touch, replace it, and this should correct the problem. 

If this fails to remedy the situation, you may need to replace the entire supply hose. These devices can be purchased at most hardware and plumbing supply stores. To ensure that you get the correct size hose, you should take your old one with you for a comparison. 

What Causes Dryers To Lose The Ability To Dry Clothes?

Without a working dryer, it can take an entire day or more for your clothes to dry. Unfortunately, your dryer can start to lose the ability to dry clothes. This often results from either clogged vents or a failing heating element. 

If you notice that your dryer is starting to develop this problem, the first thing you should do is inspect all of the air vents. These vents can accumulate large amounts of dust and lint that can inhibit the ability of the system to distribute heat to the clothes. However, when the vents are not the source of the problem, the heating element may be the source of the problem. 

Replacing a heating element is a highly dangerous task, and you should typically leave this work to a professional repair technician. If this component is incorrectly installed, you will make your system more likely to fail and potentially create a major fire risk. 

There are many important appliances in your home, but the washer and dryer are probably two of the most important. By understanding the answers to these common questions about issue that are encountered by these appliances, you will be better able to understand what to do when these systems encounter a malfunction.