Angie's List: Common mistakes when using your washer and dryer

LEWISTON, ID - You probably don't think your everyday actions are harming your major appliances, but chances are, you're doing something to at least one of them that could lead to an emergency repair call.

Over time, abusing or neglecting your appliances will bring about an earlier-than-expected end to their useful life. In Angie's List report, the mistakes you are making with your washer and dryer.

"Wash heavy things with other heavy things," said Rick Cantleberry, Appliance Repair Company. Light things with other light things, weight wise. You want to wash jeans with towels and t-shirts with underwear and socks, things like that."

"When it comes to replacing your washing machine, typically a top loading washing machine starts at about $350 while a front loader starts at about $700," said Angie's List, Angie Hicks. "Some members have actually told us they considered buying refurbished appliances, but if you are doing that make sure you understand if they come with a warranty or do they come as-is?"

"When you're done with the washer for the day, wipe it out real good, the boot inside there and keep it dry and keep the door cracked open a little if you can," said Cantleberry. "That lets the air get in there and doesn't suffocate the inside and cause mold growth."

"Laundry room remodels are all the rage these days and lots of people are focusing on what their washer and dryer look like," said Hicks. "They are very trendy. But highly rated appliance repair companies are telling us that the newer models of washer and dryers tend to half about half the lifespan as older models. So if you're really going to spend more than $500 repairing your washing machine, you should actually replace it."

Here's another tip: The rubber hoses connected to your washing machine - over time they can rot and burst - which will leave you with a big mess. Replace them with stainless steel braided hoses.