It is important to regularly inspect your washing machine water supply hoses for leaks. One of the top reasons for costly maintenance in your home (and insurance claims) is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply pipes. Inspect your washing machine water supply pipes at least annually and replace them every three years if they are plastic.
If you notice that the metal ends of your water supply pipes are discolored or rusty, replace them immediately.
Faulty washing machine drain hoses are as important as water supply pipes when it comes to keeping water off of your floor and in your drain where it belongs. In addition you should regularly inspect the ends of your washing machine drain pipes for discoloration or rust, and replace them immediately if you find evidence of leaking.
Additionally, check the snugness of the drainage pipes by using a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers. You should not be able to tighten the pipes any further if the line is properly tightened.
Plastic lines should be replaced every three years. Also, be sure to remove fabric softener residue by washing the screen with warm water and dish detergent once per week.
When it comes to your dryer, it is important to make sure that you regularly clean your lint screen in order to prevent fires.
Not only will a clean lint screen prevent fires, but it will also increase the life of the heating element. Physically remove the lint from the screen between each load of laundry.