Inspect your washer filter annually
Your washing machine has a filter for its incoming water supply and this filter can get overloaded with gunk-grit, sand and even rust particles can creep in over time. This isn’t an area most homeowners are used to maintaining, but it’s an important one to do at least annually. However, if you’re not comfortable with turning off your water supply and unscrewing the water supply hose in order to take care of this overlooked task, call a plumber. Just be sure to run a test load of laundry after you’re done to be sure all of your washer’s pieces and parts are (firmly, please!) in place.