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How to clean the washing machine filter yourself: a way to save money on repairs

Yulia PoteriankoLife
The filter can be removed and cleaned without special tools.

The cause of unpleasant odor from the washing machine may be a clogged filter, a particulate trap that every appliance is equipped with. When it becomes clogged, it can cause not only odor, but also excessive noise or vibrations. In the worst cases, this leads to damage to the water pump, spin problems, or even complete machine failure.

Fortunately, you can clean the washing machine filter yourself. The algorithm of actions is quite simple and clear, and for the cleaning itself will not need special tools. OBOZREVATEL tells about it in detail.

Safety precautions

Always disconnect the machine from the power supply before cleaning the filter. This is to avoid even the risk of electric shock. Never attempt to perform any maintenance while the machine is plugged in.

Make sure you have a towel or water collection container handy. When you open the filter, there will likely be a certain amount leaking out that you will need to collect right away.

If your washing machine has a hot water filter, make sure the water has cooled down before you start cleaning it. This way you will save yourself from getting burned.

Where the filter is located

Usually, the washing machine filter is located at the bottom front of the washing machine. But there are also models in which it can be placed at the back. If you are not sure about your device, find the manual for it - a hard copy or scans of documentation on the Internet.

How to clean the filter

Once you know exactly where the filter is located in your machine, carefully remove the plug covering it. Depending on the model of your washing machine, you may need a screwdriver. Once you have access to the part, slowly turn the filter counterclockwise until you can remove it. Place a towel underneath it, as water may start to leak out at this stage.

Carefully clean the removed part from dirt. Also clean the place it is attached to from the inside. You can use an old toothbrush to get to the hard to reach places.

Once you have cleaned the filter, inspect it for signs of wear or damage. Any broken part should be replaced to ensure that your washing machine continues to perform optimally in the future.

When the filter is ready, put it back in place and turn it clockwise a few times until it stops. Make sure that it is well seated so that no water will leak out of it while the appliance is running.

Clean up any spilled water underneath where the filter is located. Only then can the appliance be plugged back in.

Remember that the frequency with which you should clean the washing machine filter depends on how you use it. On average, prevention should be carried out every two to three months.

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