Washing machine troubleshooting & repairs

Flooding in your laundry room? The washing machine has stopped during the cycle? Weird numbers on the screen and beeping? There are many things that can go wrong with your washing machine and cause problems. Some of them are big and require professional help but some of them you can diagnose yourself and even repair.

Do you want to save your time and money and wash your clothes as quickly as possible? You don’t have to have a license and years of experience to fix small and basic things on your washing machine but you need to be sure you identified the problem correctly. So, without further ado, let’s discuss some common washing machine problems and their solutions.

The washing machine won’t turn on at all

Probably the most common problem among all. The washer simply doesn’t turn on. Why? There are a few things you can do to turn it on and use it again.

First, check the power to see if the washing machine is getting any to work. You can unplug it and plug it again or if you happen to have a multimeter at home, use it to see if the switch is working.

Another cause can be an overheated motor. Give the washer time and then try to turn it on again. The motor needs time to cool down.

Make sure the lid is closed because some washers don’t work unless the lid is closed. If none of these basic fixes don’t work then you should contact a specialist.

The washer doesn’t drain properly

A flooded room where the washer is located is your sign to check it for drain problems. Drainage issues are very common and you can fix them on your own.

Here is how:

  • Check the drain hose, if it clogged clean and try to use your washer again but keep an eye on it to turn it off in case it leaks again.
  • Remove the pump and check if it’s locked or seized.
  • Check the basket and the tube for socks, coins, or any other foreign objects that might be in there.

And as a side tip, don’t use too much detergent because it can cause drainage problems as well.

Leaking water

Leaking can be caused not only from drainage problems but also from other things. Let’s take a look at the most common ones:

  • Check the drain hose and the part where it attaches to the washer for any damage, clogs or cracks.
  • Make sure fill hose is not loose. Tighten it if it is.
  • If the door of your washing machine is on the front then check the door seal.
  • Check the drain pump, if it’s worn out then replace it.
  • The tub is the most serious cause for the leak. If the tup has a hole then it’s time to buy a new washing machine.

Loud shaking and moving

These are perhaps the easy-solution problems that you can face with your washing machine. Constant shaking and moving may be scary but there are a couple of things you can do to stop it.

  • The washer needs to be prepared to work properly. You don’t have to redo your floor, just level the washer with some paper or pieces of wood.
  • If your washer has feet then make sure they are properly adjusted.
  • Make sure you follow the loading capacity of your washing machine. Overloading can also cause shaking. 

The washer is making noises

And last but not least, the washer makes strange noises. If you’ve already checked it for foreign objects but there weren’t any then there are still some things you can do to fix it.

  • Checked the hose for any blocking objects, remove if any and turn it on again.
  • Take a look at the pump to if anything made its way to there and caused the sound.

The bottom line is the cause for noises is an object somewhere in your washing machine, where it is not supposed to be.

With these simple fixes, you can be your own master and bring your washer back to life without any additional help.

In any case, if you can’t fix the problem, turning to a professional appliance repair specialist is always a winning option.

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