A malfunctioning washing machine can play havoc with our day-to-day lives. It can be a nightmare if the availability of clean P.E. kits, school uniforms, favourite T-shirts, fresh bedsheets, and other much needed items are disrupted in any way. Family life is busy, and our washing machines play a key role in helping each week run smoothly!
The job of the washing machine filter is to prevent foreign objects from making their way to the washing machine pump and causing damage. However, if the filter isn’t cleaned on a regular basis, it can become blocked, preventing the appliance from draining and other potential damage.
Here are our tips on the best ways to prevent a blocked washing machine filter to help ensure the efficiency and longevity of your machine:
Before and after cleaning a washing machine filter
- Regular cleaning: Regularly clean the filter as recommended by the manufacturer. This could be once a month or after a certain number of cycles. Refer to your washing machine’s user manual for specific guidelines. The filter’s job is to collect foreign objects such as hair, coins, and tissues from causing damage to the machine’s pump, so it needs to be cleaned out regularly to help prolong the life of your machine and prevent mould build up.
- Inspect pockets: Before loading your clothes into the washing machine, make sure to check pockets for any small items like coins, receipts, buttons, dog poop bags, pens, hairpins, or other debris that could get caught in the filter.
- Lint traps: Some washing machines have lint traps that need to be emptied. If your machine has one, be sure to clean it out after each cycle or as needed.
- Use mesh/laundry bags: For items like delicate fabrics or clothes with lots of small components (e.g. baby socks), consider using mesh laundry bags. This will help prevent small items from getting into the machine’s filter.
- Prevent pet hair: If you have pets, make sure to shake off and remove excess pet hair from clothes before putting them in the washing machine. Excessive pet hair can contribute to clogs.
- Check labels: Pay attention to care labels on clothing items. Some fabrics shed more lint than others, and being aware of this can help you take measures to prevent items from shedding fibres that could clog the filter.
- Regular maintenance: Aside from cleaning the filter, regularly maintain your washing machine by running an empty cycle with hot water and a cup of white vinegar to help dissolve buildup and prevent clogs.
- Inspect the drum: Occasionally check the drum of the washing machine for any foreign objects that might have accidentally ended up there, like small toys or coins.
- Use proper detergent: Use the right type and amount of detergent to prevent excessive soap buildup that can contribute to clogs.
- Avoid overloading: Overloading the machine can strain its components, including the filter. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for load size to prevent clogs and ensure thorough cleaning.
Check out our blog on how to reduce, reuse and recycle your washing pile for more helpful advice.
By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of a blocked washing machine filter and keep your appliance running smoothly. Always consult your washing machine’s user manual for specific maintenance instructions tailored to your model. If you do need some repairs or maintenance carried out by a professional on any of your appliances, the Maintracts team welcome your call.