Laundry machine on the fritz? We demand a lot out of our washing machines, and it's time we gave them a little love back! Washing machines can wear over time and break down occasionally even with proper maintenance. Frequently overloading your machine or using the wrong laundry products in your machine can contribute to wear as well. Learn how to fix common washing machine issues and get your washing running like new again.
General Washing Machine Maintenance Tips:
- Check power cords, outlets, circuits regularly - Do not overload washer or use unauthorized products inside it - Clean and check hoses and filters for blockages and clogs
Repairing washing machines that are experiencing water issues:
Many problems washers face are related to improper water flow and drainage. Luckily, these issues can often be repaired through some simple troubleshooting. These troubleshooting tips work for almost any brand of washer (GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, etc.) and can help identify and fix many washer repair issues.
Before you begin: Safety and supplies
- Unplug the appliance and shut off circuit breakers and fuses as necessary. Leave yourself enough room to work. Remember, forcing a stuck part or attempting a repair you are not comfortable with can further damage your washing machine. Call a service professional if you find yourself unable to complete a repair. Local Los Angeles appliance repair is available if the need arises.
- Recommended tools: Mop/supplies to clean water overflow, user's manual (contains useful information and diagrams), cleaning brushes, screwdriver, pliers
Is the machine not filling?
If your machine won't drain, first ensure that it is on and receiving power. Check outlets and power cords, then call a professional repair service for advice if you suspect a problem. Check water faucets and ensure they are delivering water and allowing water to flow to the machine. Inspect the hose and make sure it is free of kinks and blockages. Straighten and unclog hose as necessary. Disconnect the hose and check filters for debris and blockage. Clean or replace these as needed. Check the water valve by the filters and replace if malfunctioning.
Is the machine not draining or overflowing?
Ensure the drain hose is not clogged, pinched, or damaged. Redistribute or reduce large loads to ensure there is no overload preventing normal operation. If your machine spins normally, it's likely an object or article of clothing got stuck in the drain pipe or pump. If you cannot locate the clog yourself, call a professional for assistance- the deeper a clog is, the harder it will be to remedy. If the wash cycle begins but doesn't complete, you may need your timer replaced. Another culprit could be the lid switch. Test by opening the lid and pressing on it. If it appears damaged and no click is heard, call for a repair on your washer. The part can be replaced by the user if they are skilled enough.
Is the machine filling too slowly?
A slow flow indicates a water delivery problem. The most common cause is a kink or blockage in the hose. Intake screens on the back of the washing machine may be clogged- remove them gently and clean with a toothbrush. Following the steps in the 'washer won't fill' section of this guide can help identify partially clogged filters and malfunctioning valves. Another cause may be plumbing problems within the building itself.