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5 signs you need a new washer or dryer

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Somehow, our most important appliances always seem to break when we least expect it. While there’s no foolproof way to avoid laundry machine issues, it's helpful if you know the warning signs to look out for when you may need a replacement.

  1. Your washing machine is leaking or filling incorrectly

    Leaks are one of the first major signs of washing machines breaking down. There are all different reasons your machine might be leaking, including broken hoses and worn-out pumps.

    Adding a washing machine drain pan is a good proactive measure if you want to decrease the risk of accidental water damage. Not all machines are equipped with them, but they come in handy by protecting your floors in the event of a leak.

    If your drum is overfilling, or not filling up enough, you should investigate it right away. Sometimes it’s a simple fix, but it could mean you need a new machine. If you don't attend to it, you could have a big mess on your hands

  2. Your washer or dryer is making excessive noise

    Any unusual noise from your laundry machine should also be cause for concern. If your washing machine makes excessive noise when spinning, it could be that the washing machine is off balance or has a loose motor mount.

    An off-balance washing machine is probably the best-case scenario, as you can generally fix that yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to level a washing machine. There are platforms you can use and your machine might already be equipped with leveling feet.

    If your dryer is making a squeaking noise, first make sure the machine is level and the laundry load is even. If the dryer squeaking noise persists, it could be a loose drum—which is something you’ll need to call a technician about.

  3. Your machines are moving across the room

    Okay maybe not all the way across the room, but if either of your machines are rumbling around so much that they’re nearly or actually moving, you should try to plan for a technician to take a look. Not only is there a risk of cords being pulled from outlets causing more serious damage, but you could end up with water escaping the unit and damaging your floors.

  4. Your dryer isn’t drying clothes

    We've all been the culprit of filling the dryer too full in an attempt to finish the laundry more quickly. And sometimes overfilling the dryer results in slightly damp clothes or towels you need to run again. However, that shouldn’t happen when you’re drying small loads. If your clothes aren't getting dry even when you run a very small load, you may have a problem. Check to make sure the lint trap is empty and there aren’t any clogs in the vent. If those look clear, it may be time for a replacement.

  5. Your machines are old

    How do washers and dryers last? If properly maintained, you can expect your machines to last an average of 10 years. Depending on wear, frequency of usage and the specifics of your machine, you may not get this lifespan. 

    If you find your machines in need of repair, think about whether you’ve already gotten the full life out of the machine when evaluating your washing machine repair costs. It might be better to cut your losses and invest in a new machine, unless you have an extended warranty.

The benefits of an extended warranty for your washer/dryer

Out-of-pocket dryer and washing machine repair costs add up quickly. When it comes to any of your major home appliances, it’s important to have an extended warranty. A small investment now means you’ll be protected should something go wrong with one of your laundry machines.

With MulberryCare, you can get extended warranty coverage for mechanical failures and product defects past the limited manufacturer's warranty. You'll even be covered for things out of your control, like power surge damage. Look for a warranty provider like Mulberry that offers free repairs and fast replacements for zero fees. That's right, you'll never pay any deductibles or hidden fees if you have to file a warranty claim with Mulberry.

Instead of worrying about the what-ifs and what those will cost you, Mulberry handles the repair or replacement for you. Not only will you save money on your extended warranty for your washer and dryer, you'll even earn coins for every plan you purchase that you can redeem for cash. Install the Mulberry browser extension and get alerts when the items you're shopping for qualify for MulberryCare.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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