Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Washer Door Open

The first washing machine was invented and patented by James King back in 1851. Since then, doing laundry has become much easier and more convenient. But many of the details of this routine process still raise questions. For example, should you leave the washer door open?

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On the one hand, an open washer door seems to prolong the washer’s life. On the other hand, it can lead to many problems, which we will discuss later.

Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Washer Door Open

A washer needs proper care to last for a long time. The main causes of breakdowns are limescale formed on the electric heater and a clogged filter.

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However, the drum plays an important role too. Regular ventilation helps prevent unpleasant odors and mold on the drum and the gasket. To do this, leave the door open for at least one hour after each cycle.

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Also, you should wipe the inside of the machine with a dry cloth, especially pay attention to the gasket, the dirt often accumulates in the creases.

To Close or Not to Close?

It would seem that it is better not to close the door. But there are times when this becomes the cause of many problems. Sometimes a pet gets into an open washer and the owner doesn’t notice this.

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For example, in Norway, a cat named Zero accidentally got into a washer and went through a 40-minute long wool cycle. Sometimes children got inside a washer and can’t get out without the help of adults.

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There are also cases when you open the door of a turned-off washer, and there is water inside. It’s even worse if it’s not only in the drum but on the floor.

Where Did The Water Come From?

Two problems can make water appear in a turned-off washer. Dirty water with a particular odor can enter the washer drum through the drain hose. This happens if the drain is connected to the sink drain.

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As a rule, this is caused by improper connection of the drain and blockage of the pipes. The blockage can be easily eliminated, but correctly connecting the drain is a more difficult task.

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Clean tap water may enter the washer from a faulty inlet valve. It is easy to check this: turn off the water shut-off valve. If the water stopped, then the problem is in the valve.


For the washer to work for a long time and not cause a flood, adhere to the following recommendations. Leave the door fully open for a couple of hours after each cycle. Also, close the shut-off valve immediately after washing.

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You can install a device that is designed to protect the drain system from returning dirty water from the sewer back to the washer drum. Even if you are confident in your machine, just in case, close the washer door. At least do so when you leave the house for a long time.


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