Unless you’re washing clothes by hand or an avid customer at the laundry mart, chances are you’re using an appliance such as the washing machine. This appliance is extremely useful in cleaning clothes quickly, easily and efficiently. Featuring a main caldron that fills with water and later drains, the machine spins to clean and wring clothes, removing water. The rolling drum featured in front-loading machines stirs clothes while the top-loading machines use an agitator at the center.
Based around four easy parts, a washing machine fills, washes, drains and spins clothes in order to clean it. Believe it or not, washing machines often fail. Luckily, you can repair a few issues with simple fixes. However, some of these issues require a professional technician to come out and repair your appliance.
Before you begin maintenance or repairs, it’s important to unplug the appliance. If the appliance is front-loading, make sure it’s empty and the door is open to begin repairs. You can easily diagnose your washing machine to find out the reasons it may not be working.
With some basic knowledge of what common issues affect most washing machines, you can have a vague idea of what can be done to repair yours. Whether it’s replacement or repair, your machine can begin operating again with a few DIY steps.
13 Common Issues with Washing Machines
Although a noisy machine in general, washing machines can produce a different noise that indicates a fault. If a squealing sound can be heard or a rattle, this indicates an issue. With some knowledge of the sounds, you can diagnose the issue with some ease. A staggering 26% of washing machine owners reported this problem.
Leaking is a disaster and can be down to door seal damage, an inlet valve fault or an old, overused pump. These parts often need repair or even replacement, all depending upon the damage caused to the parts. Again, a staggering 25% of customers have this issue, quickly becoming a common problem.
- The machine does not Start
The washing machine cycle not starting can be down to many things, a few of which could be door latch switches, thermal fuses, electronic controls and the timer being faulty. You can assess the related component to assess the cause which 17% of other customers have reported.
- Does not Agitate
If your washing machine isn’t agitating, it could be the coupler, cogs, transmission or even the drive belt. All of which can cause large issues. Again, looking at which parts can be repaired or replaced is a good option, but calling a professional may be better. 9% of customers experience this.
- Timer Does Not Advance
If your timer is being faulty it could be the motor, pump for the drain, control for water level or even the lid switch, these need to be repaired to fix the issue. A small number of customers (4%) reported this issue.
- Pumps, but No Spins
If it pumps but doesn’t spin, check your direct drive motor coupling, your door lock and the motor for wax, from there you’ll be able to identify the issue and replace the parts as required. Only 3% of owners reported issues like this.
- The Machines Shake and Move
If your washing machine abruptly shakes and moves, it’s important to inspect the shock absorbers and leveling legs, because if it’s not level, you’ll have more issues. Once you’ve found the issue, address as required. Only 3% of owners report this.
- Water Does Not Fill
The inlet hose can be tested to ensure that water fills the tank, this should be tested along with the lid switch. If they have issues it can cause your washing machine to not fill up. A small percentage of customers report this.
- Burning Smell
If you smell burning, turn the machine off immediately. The drive belts can emit a burning smell, check the pulleys and belts for the motor and drive to see which is producing the smell. This is less common but occurs in around 1% of washing machines.
- Machine Continuously Fills with Water
If your machine fills with water and does not stop, overflowing it’s possible that the water level pressure switch is faulty, but could also be either the air dome tube or the water inlet valve. Only a small number of customers report this issue.
- Machine Fills and Drains Simultaneously
If there are issues with the water level and pressure switches, it can cause your washing machine to fill and drain at the same time. Obviously, your washing machine will be inoperable.
- Water is Neither Cold nor Hot
If there are issues with the temperature regulator or inlet hose the issue can be resolved by replacement or calling a professional to repair this. A tiny number of customers report this.
If you’re not confident in DIY or don’t want to take the risk call Jake’s Appliance Repair of Spring, Texas today for more information and an estimate for washing machine repair services.