Maintenance Tips for your Washer

Water-fill hoses

Over time, the water hoses that came with your new washing machine may leak or burst. It’s a good preventive maintenance practice to check these hoses from time to time for any sign of wear or weakness. Often there’s a small blister in the rubber of the hose, which could rupture. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years.

Note… If the hose ruptures, large quantities of water could gush from the hose. If it’s the hot water hose that ruptures, the gushing hot water may scald anyone nearby.

For more peace of mind, one alternative is to use high quality stainless steel fill hoses. In addition, we carry the black rubber hoses supplied by the manufacturer– go to our Shop For Parts section and enter your model number to locate the ones for your unit. We also offer universal washing machine hoses.


Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it’s not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level–with all four legs touching the floor–it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This isn’t good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Your washing machine has adjustable, front leveling legs with a lock nut. You adjust the leg to the proper height, then tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine to keep the leg from rotating.

Some machines have adjustable leveling legs in the rear also, and you can adjust them in the same way. Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible–the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate.

Most machines, however, have “self-adjusting” rear legs. You set these legs by tilting the entire machine forward onto its front legs (with the rear legs 3 to 4 inches off the floor) and then setting the machine back down. The legs should adjust automatically. If they don’t, you may need to tilt the machine forward and rap on the rear legs with the handle of a hammer to loosen them–a procedure that’s easier to accomplish with a helper.

Surface cleaning

Your washer has either a painted steel or porcelain-coated steel cabinet. It’s perfectly safe to use a little dish detergent and a damp rag to clean all of its surfaces. If the surface is porcelain, you can even use a little non-abrasive cleanser for stubborn stains.

Lint disposal

Most washing machines collect lint during the wash cycle and send it down the drain during the drain cycle.

If your machine is a Maytag, though, it may be different. Most Maytag washing machines collect lint in the center tube of the agitator. You need to lift out that tube and clean it periodically. Other machines have a lint filter near the top of the tub, which you need to slide out, clean off, and reinsert.

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Washing machine stainless steel fill hoses

When I go out on service calls for preventive maintance checks on washers and I noticed the rubber fills hoses that connect to the washer would get bubbles in them, some small, some large. After time those will burst and start flooding your laundry area and if your laundry room is in your house that can be quite the mess and cause massive floor damage to say the least.

So I recommend you check your washing machine fill hoses every year, and replace them if you notice bubbles. Stainless steel fill hoses are the best to get as they won’t get those bubbles in them.

6′ Stainless steel water supply hoses (set of 2 hoses)

HE Washer Cleaner

Affresh HE Washer Cleaner Pack
Use once a month to keep your HE (high efficiency) washer clean and odor-free! 3 tablets per box.


Sears Kenmore Washer

1997 Sears Kenmore washer (model#110.26912691): Not agitating or spinning, but you can hear the motor running. Took the cabinet off, then removed the water pump and motor, then I saw the motor coupling broken, and lots of oil coming from the gearcase. I showed the customer the oil leak and they said, we have had good use from it, and its time for another new Sears Kenmore. I agreed.

Here’s the motor coupling for this model, in case others without an oil leak what to order and change it.

Manufacturer part number 285753A is RepairClinic item number 1195967