Washing machines are a staple in many households. They're often used multiple times per day, and sometimes it's hard to keep track of what you put inside them. But, one common issue that can occur is getting coins stuck in the machine. Whether they get washed away with your clothes or end up stuck somewhere inside the machine, there are ways to remove them from your washer!
If you've ever had to get a coin out of your washing machine, then you know that it can be quite the task. You'll need to find something long and thin enough to fish the coin out of its hiding spot. For many people, this is easier said than done! So what should you do? Read on below for some information on how to remove coins from washing machines.
Now - these instructions are general instructions - every washing machine is constructed differently and what works for one may not work the same in another. So we recommend that you check with your manufacturers' manual or visit your appliance store and speak with a sales rep there who may be able to help you.
Step 1 - You will probably need pliers, a wire hanger, a screw driver and a magnet.
Step 2 - Unplug the washing machine.
Step 3 - Check to see if your washing machine has a coin trap. Some do and some do not. You can check with your washing machine's literature or the manufacturer (or Google it). If there is a coin trap, you may be able to just open that and find your coins in there.
Step 4 - You may have to remove the front panel of your washing machine to remove the coin if it has lodged itself inside your machine.
Step 5 - You may also have to lift the front of your washing machine and tilt it backwards with the hopes that any coins stuck in there will slide out from the back and onto the floor.
Where Is The Coin Trap On A Washing Machine?
Do you know where the coin trap is on your washing machine? If you don't, then it's time to find out. The coin trap is a small round opening located at the bottom of your washing machine tub. The purpose of this device is to prevent coins from entering the pipes and causing clogs.
Normally, the coin trap is hidden behind a panel at the very bottom of your washing machine. If you are unable to locate it on your own, check with your owner's manual or contact the manufacturer or dealer to help you.
Can Coins Damage A Washing Machine?
Yes, they certainly can. Coppers, keys and other metal objects can damage the inner drum and outer tub of your washing machine. In fact, leaving coins in your pocket can cause a leaky washer as well as damaged clothes.
What NOT To Put In Your Washing Machine
There are some items (other than coins) that we recommend that you avoid putting in your washing machine.
- Oversized items like thick, large comforters
- Items made from wool, velvet or cashmere
- Anything that's flammable
- Wired bras
- Items covered in pet hair (remove the pet hair first)
- Foam pillows
- Delicate items such as lace or embroidered products
Following these safeguards should help you to avoid incidences like having to pull unwanted items out of a washing machine.
If you have any questions about your washing machine or are having some problems with it, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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