Keep Your Washing Machine's Filter Clean

Posted on: 30 July 2017


Washing machines are used day in day out, week in week out, with homeowners often in a state of autopilot, not thinking about the machine, until one day it breaks down. In some cases, instead of calling an engineer, they would just go out and buy a new washer. What you may not realise is that there's one thing that many of you do not do that could help your machines last that bit longer. That is keeping the filter clean. Here's a brief look at what you should know about this task:

The Importance Of Cleaning Your Filter

Keeping your water filter clean is one way to help your machine last, as keeping the filter clean will allow the water to pass through easier. This, in turn, allows the clothes to be cleaned better than if the filter was clogged or, worse, blocked. This would prevent the machine from passing the water through effectively, causing unnecessary strain on other components and leading to a breakdown or failure within the machine

Where Can You Find Your Filter?

To find where the filter is for your machine, it is highly advised that you consult your owner's and operating manuals. On most front-loading washing machines, you will find the filter on the front of the machine behind a panel located at floor level. You can remove the panel to reveal the filter. To remove it, you carefully unscrew it, being aware that any water that is still in the filter will seep out. It is advised that you have an old dish to place just under the filter, allowing the water to drain into it, preventing it covering the floor. Once the filter is out, you will be able to clean it if necessary.

How To Clean The Filter

Cleaning the filter is an easy task to undertake, as all you need to do is to run it under the tap. If there is any grime built up on the filter, you can clean it away with a medium-stiffness brush or something similar.

Once you have cleaned the filter, you can return back to the machine. Just make sure there are no foreign objects like coins, stones or buttons in the space, as these too can cause problems at a later date. Once you have made sure the area is clean, you may now screw the filter back in and place the front panel back in place.