November Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Cleaning the water line filters on a clothes washer.

Cleaning a water line filter on a clothes washer.

To-Do #3: Clean Clothes Washer Water Line Filters

Water lines on washing machines have filters to prevent sediment from getting into the machine. If it seems like your washer is taking longer to fill up, clogged filters may be the culprit. It may be a little awkward to get to the washer water inlets; but once you do, cleaning water filters is quick and easy, here’s how.

To Clean Washer Water Line Filters:

  1. Turn off the water supply valves, located in the supply box behind or beside your washer.
  2. If possible, pull the washer out from the wall so that you can get behind it. If this isn’t feasible, you’ll need to reach over or behind the washer to get to the inlet lines.
  3. Unscrew the supply lines from the washer, and locate the filters on the machine inlets.
  4. Use a spray bottle and small, stiff brush to scrub away any dirt or debris on the filters.
  5. Reconnect the water hoses, making sure the hot and cold lines are attached to the correct intakes.
  6. Turn the water valves back on and check for leaks.

Watch our video on How To Clean Washer Water Filters to see how it’s done.

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  • Andrea Says:
    November 3rd, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    This is actually a really good list! Very helpful, thank you. I always have done an old school trick I learned from my mother, which is put half a lemon in the garbage disposal and turn it on. It makes it smell great the whole day:).



  • Peggy Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve used this for unclogging the disposal when necessary, but never thought of refreshing or cleaning it with this method. Thanks



  • Papa Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Awesome list Danny. I’m going to get started on it today!


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hi Robert,
    Thanks for the kind words!



  • Robert W. Huffman Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Been a homeowner in the same home for 43 years now & and your advice is very helpful. Thank you.



  • Terry Auman Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Many years of satisfied service. Thank you all.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Pat,
    I can top that, we had a squirrel that gnawed on the aluminum threshold on our front door!



  • Pat Landry Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Have you ever seen a squirrel eat wood framing on a home? I have one eating the decorative trim around my front door near the entrance. I filled in the hole he chewed last year but he’s returned again this year to eat the same area again. We’ve tried pepper sprays and preparations put on the wood. Help! Why is he eating the wood?


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Teresa,
    Glad to hear it!



  • Teresa Says:
    January 31st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Great show, I watch it every Saturday morning!!!



  • Sara in Abilene Says:
    December 1st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Love your show and website!!

    Please see what you can do about fixing the website, so that when you select a video, it doesn’t take you back to the first set of videos to select.

    Keep up the great work. I’ve actually taken care of somethings around the house on my own.

    Thanks,
    Sara in Abilene


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