Washing Machine Repairs
Washing Machine Repairs when one day your washing machine was cleaning your clothes, and you hardly even gave its operation a second thought. Then, any number of situations occurred that brought all of this to a grinding stop.
Perhaps the machine’s basin filled with water but it refused to drain. Or it emptied but didn’t spin. Or the clothes were washed but did not come out very clean. In short, your washing machine basically stopped working at its peak performance or it completely stopped working.
To get a machine that works so hard, it’s hardly surprising your clothes washer will sometimes break down or its performance will degrade to the point where the garments aren’t getting sufficiently clean. Rather than calling in an expensive appliance technician, you can repair your washing machine on your own. The majority of these repairs require only simple tools and can be performed by homeowners that have only limited appliance repair skills.
It’s the most fundamental of washing machine breakdowns: the machine won’t start. You have placed the clothes in the washing machine basin, pressed the”ON” button turned the dial, and then nothing happens.
Check the power cord behind the washer to make sure it is plugged in. Due to washers’ vigorous movements, especially when the load is imbalanced, machines can proceed. Cords that have been shortened with ties have no give. In cases like this, untie the cord to allow for more versatility.
Is the circuit breaker into the washer flipped off? To reset a circuit breaker, locate the electric service panel. Locate the right circuit breaker, flip it in the”OFF” direction, then back to the”ON” position.
Your front loader washer’s lid switch strike may be faulty. This is the area of the door frame that communicates to the machine that the door is properly closed and it is okay to begin filling with water. Close the lid and watch as the part on the door connects with the component on the machine. The top part should seat into the bottom part.
Your top loader washer’s lid switch may be faulty. You can test this by setting the machine to”ON” and then pushing into the hole with the blunt end of a pencil. If working properly, the water should begin filling even though the lid is open.
This may be one of the more frustrating clothes washer problems requiring Washing Machine Repair because you notice it only after conducting the clothes through a full cycle. After washing your clothes, you remove them and find your supposedly clean clothes covered in lint, hair, and other debris.
- Prevent overloading your washer. An overly full washer does not have enough space for the clean rinse water to pull out the detergent and debris.
Use less detergent. Too much detergent can redeposit lint and other debris back on the clothes, rather than pulling it out.
Wash pet-related things like blankets, cat and dog beds, and chew toys separately from the remainder of the clothing. If the pet load is especially dirty, wash the washing machine tub by hand after the wash.
With this all-too-common washing machine problem, the container was drained of water but it refuses to spin. Spinning at a high rate of speed is the action that squeezes water out of the clothing so that it can be dried in the dryer.
- Try to redistribute the clothes within the washing machine tub. When the washer is out of balance, it will automatically stop till you can find the clothing back in equilibrium. After redistributing the clothes, close the lid again. The machine should begin spinning automatically if the load distribution is correct. Loads which have high-absorption materials such as towels, sheets, and thick clothes like jeans and sweaters often become imbalanced.
- Check the machine’s level on the ground. An out-of-level machine will stop spinning; this action is programmed to your clothes washer for security. If this does not work, you might need to re-level the floor or put in a level platform below the washer.
- Assess the drainage and the drain hose. Small items can clog up the machine’s drainage system. You may have the ability to confirm the washer’s drain pump without removing it. Finally, the drainage hose that leads from the rear of the machine into a drainage point might be clogged.
- One of the more annoying washing machine problems is when the washer makes hammering, grinding, or thunking noises during the agitation or spin cycles. Repair this problem as soon as possible, because this sort of movement can damage the washer and create new problems.
- The tub bearings, located directly below the tub, might be worn out and in need of replacement.
- If the washing machine is making a squeaking noise, the tub bearings may require lubrication.
- The washing machine motor drive belt or pulley may be worn out. This is a rather involved repair, where you will need to take apart a substantial section of the machine to get into the motor.
- The pump pulley belt may be cracked, frayed, or otherwise out of shape. Frequently the belt will smell like burning rubber, also.
One common problem associated with washing machines requiring Washing Machine Repairs is the machine’s basin or tub fills with water but the central agitator does not move.
- Agitation is the back and forth movement that cleans the clothing. This action is done by the plastic cone-shaped device called the agitator. Small plastic directional cogs (also known as”dogs”) connect the upper part of the agitator with the bottom part. Open the lid while the machine is in agitation mode. Depress the lid switch with the blunt end of a pencil so that the machine doesn’t stop while the lid is open. If the machine is making ordinary sounds of agitation or even a grinding sound, yet the agitator isn’t moving, the cogs might be worn down or broken and in need of replacement.
- Your machine’s washer motor may have been affected by a power spike and needs to be reset. All brands have different reset processes; check your owner’s manual for information regarding motor resetting. By way of instance, many General Electric washing machines require you to unplug the machine, plug it back in, then lift and lower the lid times over 12 seconds, lifting the lid a minimum of two inches to break the lid switch magnetic connection.
Many homeowners have had the unpleasant experience of lifting the washing machine lid, only to find clothes floating in a tub full of murky gray water. If you grab the machine enough, the water is still hot or lukewarm.
- Your machine’s pump might be clogged with a piece of cloth or some other thing associated with washing. Bail the water out with a kitchen measuring cup and then disconnect the machine. Take off the screws on the front panel. Your machine’s pump housing might be easily visible, which makes it simple to assess whether you have a clog in the pump. In that case, use pliers to gently untwist the clog from the pump.
Alternatively, the clog may be located in the corrugated tube that results in the pump. Unclamp the tube. Have a bucket or bin nearby, because this tube will be full of water. Drain the water. If there is a clog in the hose, it will generally be at the end of the hose.
- If your washing machine is running, especially during the spin cycle, it might violently shake or vibrate, often so much that the machine walks. This may be pronounced if you have a high-efficiency machine, which has a faster spin cycle than top-loading machines. Walking machines are very dangerous as they can become detached from the water lines or the drainage point, or they may strain in the power cord and cause an electrical fire.
- Your machine may need to be rebalanced. Use a bubble level to evaluate the amount of the machine from side-to-side and front-to-back. Readjust the machine’s level by turning the machine’s legs up or down. Unlike the dryer, which has two front adjustable legs, most washing machines have four adjustable legs.
- With stacking washer-dryer mixes, the link straps may have loosened, causing the unit to shake violently. This may be a dangerous situation, since the drier may fall from the washer. Tighten the link straps or replace the straps if necessary.
- The classic and most easily fixable cause of a shaking clothes washer is an imbalanced load. Drape long, heavy items around the central agitator so that they are not grouped on one side. Move large items to the other side of equally large products. Independent testing has shown that pads that are 3 inches thick do an excellent job of deadening the vibration and vibration.
While not cheap, anti-vibration pads can be a valuable tool for reducing the transmission of washer vibration into your house’s floor.
Save your self the bother and get your washing machine repairs done expertly and cheaply by calling Neil Maurice Appliances in Melbourne on 0413 057 257.