The washer has a musty odour.
When your washer becomes smelly and leaves your clothes smelling not-so-fresh, it’s likely there is a build-up of bacteria. To prevent this, remove finished loads from the washer immediately. For top loaders, leave the lid open to let it dry out. For front loaders, towel-dry the washer drum and rubber gasket, and keep the door ajar to foster air circulation. If the smell persists, run a cup of white vinegar in a warm cycle to disinfect the machine.
The dryer takes too long to dry.
the machine’s efficiency and can be a fire hazard. Every three to six months, disconnect the exhaust pipe from the back of the dryer and clean it out thoroughly.
Water pools around the washer.
The rubber hoses that supply water to your washer can become stiff and brittle over time, and may have small cracks where water can begin to leak. Prevent burst washing machine hoses — that could spill hundreds of litres of water an hour and flood your home — by replacing old, damaged hoses with those with mesh-wrapped ends or stainless steel-clad ones. Tighten loose fittings, and make sure your washer is at least 10cm from the wall to prevent kinks in the hoses.