If you are one of those people who think that cleaning the washing machine filter is not important, you should know that it is not. A dirty filter in your washing machine can generate many problems in the short and long term, ranging from bad odors to pump failure.
Unpleasant odor of the machine and clothes.
A dirty filter trap is an ideal breeding ground for germs and the accumulated dirt can generate bad odors in your washing machine and in the clothes you wash. The odor can penetrate the tank and, after washing, instead of a clean scent, the clothes take on a very unpleasant odor.
Another common problem that occurs when the washing machine filter is dirty is bad drainage. If the filter is clogged, it will not allow water to drain properly. If the debris is not removed in time, the filter can become so clogged that the washer will stop draining water from the tank altogether. This can lead to flooding in your home and other problems.
Pump failure or malfunction
If you don’t clean your washer’s filter, you also run the risk of foreign objects slipping from the filter into the pump. Because of this, the pump can clog and will stop pumping water. In some cases, metal objects can break the impeller vanes or damage the pump casing. As a result, it will be necessary to repair or completely replace the pump.
How often should the filter be cleaned?
How often you should clean your washer’s filter depends on the amount of laundry you wash and how often you use it. In general, it is recommended to clean the filter once a month to prevent too much debris from accumulating. If your washing machine is in a place where there is a lot of dust or dirt, it may be necessary to clean the filter more frequently.
How to clean your washing machine filter
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