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

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Removing and cleaning the filter can be done without any special tools

An unpleasant odor from a washing machine can be caused by a clogged filter, a trap for solid particles that every appliance is equipped with. When it gets clogged, it can cause not only odor but also excessive noise or vibrations. In the worst cases, this can lead 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 straightforward, and no special tools are needed for the cleaning itself. OBOZREVATEL tells you more about it.

Safety precautions

Before cleaning the filter, be sure to disconnect the machine from the mains. This is to avoid even the risk of electric shock. Never attempt to perform any maintenance with the machine plugged in.

Make sure you have a towel or container handy to collect water. When you open the filter, it is likely that some water will leak out of it, which you will need to collect immediately.

If your washing machine has a hot water filter, make sure that the water has cooled down before you start cleaning. This way, you will protect yourself from burns.

Where is the filter located

Usually, the filter of a washing machine is located in the lower front part of the machine. However, there are also models where it can be located at the back. If you're not sure about your appliance, check the manual for it - either a hard copy or scans of the documentation online.

How to clean the washing machine filter

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

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

After cleaning the filter, inspect it for signs of wear or damage. Any broken part should be replaced to ensure that the washing machine continues to operate optimally.

When the filter is ready, replace it and turn it clockwise several times until it stops. Make sure that it is seated firmly so that no water can leak out of the filter while the appliance is running.

Clean up any spilled water under the filter. Only then can the appliance be plugged in again.

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

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you why you should keep a roll of toilet paper in the refrigerator and what common problem it can solve.

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