How to clean your washing machine filter

Many front-loading washing machines have a filter as part of their design to trap lint, debris, and other particles that may be present in the laundry or within the machine itself.

Here’s a general guide on how to clean the filter, but keep in mind that the process may vary depending on your washing machine model.

How do I find my washing machine filter?

The location of the filter on a washing machine can vary depending on the type and model of the machine. This is often near the bottom of the front panel. It may be a small access flap or a hidden compartment that can be opened for filter inspection and cleaning.

In some washing machines, especially those with a drum cleaning feature, the self-cleaning filter may be located inside the drum. This self-cleaning filter is not designed to be removed or accessed.

Always refer to the user manual that came with your specific washing machine model for precise information on the location and maintenance of the filter.

How to remove the washing machine filter?

Check the user manual or visually inspect the washing machine to find the location of the filter. It is often located behind a small access panel near the bottom of the front of the machine.

Once you have access to the filter, you may need to turn it counter clockwise or release any clips or levers holding it in place. Pull the filter out gently and be prepared for water to drain out.

When you remove the filter, water that’s still in the machine may flow out. Placing a towel on the floor helps absorb any spilled water, and having a tray or container underneath ensures that the water is collected rather than spreading across the floor.

How to clean the filter?

Rinse the filter under running water to remove any lint or debris and use a soft brush to clean the filter thoroughly. Also check for any damage and replace the filter if needed.

How often should you clean a washing machine filter?

The frequency with which you should clean the filter in your washing machine depends on factors like the model of the machine and the type of laundry you do.

If you use your washing machine frequently, especially for large loads or heavily soiled items, you may need to clean the filter more often.

Different types of laundry generate varying amounts of lint. If you frequently wash items like towels, blankets, or pet bedding, you may find that the filter requires more frequent cleaning.

Cleaning the filter once a month is a reasonable and generally good practice, especially in heavy-use situations.

Perform a visual check of the filter every month to assess its condition. If the filter appears clean or has minimal lint build-up, you can extend the cleaning interval to every 1-3 months.

We hope you find this guide helpful. Cleaning the filter in your washing machine is an essential maintenance task to ensure proper functioning and prevent issues like drainage problems or unpleasant odours.

Author: Just Fixed

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Categories: Washing Machines