Hard h2o & washer machines
I learned a lesson today. My 9 year old top load washer machine needed a new water pump. What caused it demise was hard water deposits caking up in the hoses and in turn the pump. That was a $180 lesson, but cheaper than a new machine for sure.
The lesson is, I could have prevented this by doing something really simple. If you live in a hard water area run 1/4 cup of CLR, in a hot water wash cycle, medium load setting every 6 months or so. This will dissolve the deposits and clear out the hoses.
Yep I feel really foolish as I descale other appliances on a regular basis and even flush out the hot water heater tank.
Just thought I would pass this along, it may save you an expensive repair.
I too, live in a hard water area, and never thought about doing that.
Like you, I descale the coffee maker, and all my shower heads…faucets…etc. I do put white vinegar into the washer every now and then, but was told to do that to keep it smelling fresh. Thank goodness…because maybe the vinegar worked similarly to the CLR?
If I’m not mistaken…last time I had my dishwasher repaired (also for a calcium problem)…I think they recommended ‘Lemi Shine’ to be put in the d/w every now and then and to run a cycle because it will descale the heating elements in the d/w. They recommended something else too, but I’ll have to look tomorrow to see what that was and will post here for you also. They said to use the other stuff in the washer also. Wish I could remember the name…
Thanks for this thread!
The repairman said to use CLR or white vinegar. He said the washer machine cleaners for purchase are for front loaders and not top loaders. He recommended I use the CLR now because there was some calcium yuck stuff inside the washer tub. If the CLR does not stop that I will need to have him take apart the tub and clean it out too. That would also be a couple hundred or so $$
Egads…yeah it’s expensive. I had to just replace a complete motor and pump system on my dishwasher because of the same reason. The stuff the company owner recommended wasn’t just for washing machines. I’m thinking the name of the stuff I can’t remember is what was to be used for either a dishwasher or washing machine etc. The ‘Lemi Shine’ was to keep the crusty stuff away and they said to use that every 5 dishwasher loads…something like that. I’ll still let you know what it was ‘just in case’. Lol…now I’m wondering too as I better start putting something into the washing machine. I do still have the white vinegar but the CLR is probably stronger.
Geez…I used to complain about a mascara that flaked or an eyeshadow or blush that disappeared after a few hours…
Now? I’m like a Dear Abby of appliances…hahahahaha
I learned this one too. Something broke and we had a water leak and it got worse,the new floor stared to warp. Now my almost new floor laminate is ruined too.
Posted in Talk Among Yourselves
02.25.15 8:07 AM