Statistics show that more than 80% of people living in the U.S. own at least one washing machine. In fact, we have a much higher rate compared to other countries like Russia, the UK, and Spain. This just proves how important this machine is for every household.
The problem is like any man-made machine, the washing machine could break. Because it deals with constant motion and moisture it is bound to have issues over time, especially during the cold season where the temperature can also place a strain on your heating and plumbing. All this can take a toll on your laundry wonderworker.
Washing machines can typically cost anywhere from 100-300 dollars to repair. But armed with a little knowledge and some elbow grease, you may be to repair your washing machine on your own. A DIY means you won’t have to wait for professional back-up. Listed below are some of the most common issues you’ll encounter and how you can go over each challenge.
The Machine is not Making Any Sound
One of the most common problems is when the washing machine doesn’t seem to do anything and stays silent. It does not make any sound when you’re trying to operate it. And this is usually because it’s not receiving any electrical power or the overload protector tripped.
This is commonly resolved by reducing your load and the protector will reset itself. Afterward, you have to restart the washing machine. If it’s still not working, then you have to unplug it and plug it again to reset the washer.
It’s Not Properly Draining
Another common problem is the drainage problem. It can be as simple as just a simple clog or as bad as having to go into the pump.
A clogged hose can be easily remedied by using a garden hose. Just remove the drain hose and inspect it if there are clogs. Then use the garden hose to flush the stubborn clogs blocking the drain hose.
If the problem is in your pump, there’s a chance that it may have a foreign object stuck in it (e.g., socks, a pen, or even a coin you may have left in a pocket). You can remedy the issue by taking out the stuck object if can gain access to the pump. Or if that’s impossible, you may need to remove or replace the pump, which will require professional help.
The Washer is Not Rinsing Properly
You might experience a problem where there is the remaining residue of soap in your clothes after using the washer. It’s a common problem that can be usually solved easily.
Firstly, read your manual and use the machine correctly. You might have placed too much load or too much soap. Check the instructions and use the washer properly. But if this is not the problem, then chances are your rinse water is not draining properly and it needs to be fixed.
The Machine Will Not Spin
There are a few factors why your washer is not spinning correctly, despite having the machine powered up. The washer might be unbalanced because of too many clothes in one load. This will result in the machine not spin properly and become unbalanced.
You can easily solve this by just adjusting the number of clothes you put in the washer for every load.
However, if after you’ve done everything in your power and you still are facing a motionless machine, stop. You should call the cavalry. Calling an appliance repair expert in is wise. Experienced and armed with the right tools, an appliance technician can troubleshoot and repair your faulty washer with great accuracy. That should take out all the guesswork from your end. Most importantly, he can do it in half the time.
There is Ice Inside the Hoses
A washing machine is always filled with water. And it’s no surprise that when the season is cold your washer can be vulnerable to it, especially if your laundry room has heating issues. If you place your washer indoors but it’s inside an outside-facing wall like basements and garage, then the weather could cause problems within your machine.
A below-freezing temperature can form ice within your pumps and hoses, resulting in your water valve to break. And when the temperature is warm again, the thawed water could create a mess.
You can solve this by detaching the water lines from your wall and connecting them only when you’re using the machine. While A lot of these fixes are for only the most basic issues you may encounter with your machine, there’s nothing like the feeling of getting something done all by yourself.
Meta Title: 5 Common Washing Machine Issues and How to Solve Them
Meta Description: Washing machines are a treasure trove these days. At the time of the pandemic, it’s definitely helpful, especially for families. But like all machines, it can experience problems and faults too. And here’s how you can solve it.