Jan 172011
 

Are your hoses rubber, it’s recommended if so, that you replace them every five years.  Have you seen or heard of stainless steel washer hoses? Becoming more and more popular, they are being installed behind hundreds of washers a day.

Rubber will eventually break down and become soft or brittle, when this happens it will create a soft spot or bubble on the fill hose.  These hoses will burst sending anyone around into a panic, replacing rubber hoses will stainless steel could save you floor and pocketbook.

These hoses were installed today, the rubber ones broke flooding the upstairs.  Luckily there was a drain on the laundry room floor, the damage was minimal compared to what it could have been..

The local appliance parts house or hardware store should stock these hoses. Replacing this is relatively simple. Pull the washer forward, turn the water off, twisting the hoses off with a pair of pliers, when installing the new fill hose onto the valve, make certain that the threads are lined up, if not the metal threads on the fill hose will cross thread rendering the washer water valve useless.

Ensure the hoses are connected to the proper valve, the hot hose goes to the red and cold hose connects to the blue valve. Hooking them up backwards will cause a rinse or fill issue.

Jan 132011
 

On most GE front load washers, the drain pump is accessible from the front of the washer. This pump has a filter inside and can catch some pretty amazing stuff.

Here is “How To” on cleaning your GE washers drain pump filter.

-Screwdriver

-Towels

-Hose clamp pliers (if water is in tub)

Start by removing the screws along the bottoms front edge doing so will let the access panel come down and out of the way.

Inside the washer in the middle you will see a white plastic housing with a twist handle on the front this is the filter head.
With the hose clamp pliers clamp the main washer hose that connects to the rear of the pump,this will stop the water in the washer from coming out when the filter head is twisted and removed.

With the clamp in place twist the filter head and slide the filter out,the filter is connected to the handle clean the filter and reinstall back into the drain pump. With the front access panel reconnected set the unit to a normal cycle and let fill to the top. Once the washer starts to go back and forth cleaning the clothes press stop and power the unit off. On Whirlpool and Maytag unit’s they will go into an automatic two minute drain cycle.

Once the machine has powered off turn the dial to drain/spin and press start. This will force the drain pump to come on. If the unit drains you can mark that off the honey-do.