For this simple DIY plumbing repair, you will need to:
- Create enough space around the washing machine so you can work.
- Unplug the machine.
- Turn off the water supply to both hoses.
- One hose at a time (to save on confusion), unscrew and inspect the screens.
- You can use a stiff wire brush to clean off any accumulated debris on the screen.
- If you have a laundry sink, you can rinse off the debris, or you can use a shop-vac to suction off particles.
- If the screens are removable, clean-up is even easier. Flush out the hoses, as they may have a build-up of lint or other particles.
- If the screens are totally encrusted, replace them.
- Reattach screens and hoses, turn the water back on, and plug the machine in.
- Run a full cycle to further clear any debris.
More Washing Machine Efficiency Tips
- Do not over-fill your machine. Your clothes will not be as clean and it strains the machine, using more electricity. Washing machines use only a little less water to clean a half-load as a full load.
- The lower the temperature of the water, the less energy is used. Even a 10-degree difference can help.
- Use cold water only. Look for detergents designed to work with cold water for better results.
- Pre-treat/soak heavily soiled clothes for shorter wash time.
With a small amount of effort, you can make the washing machine you already have more efficient.