Washing machines are one of the most convenient modern appliances, and they’ve certainly come a long way in the last few decades to become more efficient at washing clothes and saving energy in the process. But that doesn’t mean that washing machines are perfect; in fact, almost every washing machine owner will face some type of problem with their washing machine at one point or another! The key to resolving washing machine issues knows what might be coming, and knowing what type of washing machine repair you’ll need to solve the problem. The following are 3 common washing machine problems and what you’ll need to do about them.
The washing machine is leaking
One of the most common nightmares for washing machine owners is a leaking washer–no one wants to have to deal with an overflow of sudsy water, especially in a laundry room packed with clothes and other items. There are several different reasons why your washing machine might be leaking. To help determine the cause, ask yourself the following questions:
When is the machine leaking? If it is leaking only during a washing spin cycle, then the likely cause is a damaged or leaky drain hose. If the machine is leaking at other times or not just during the spin cycle, then the problem lies elsewhere.
Did you use the proper amount of detergent for your washer? Using too much detergent can cause leaking from overflowing soapy water. Try using less detergent if you encounter leaking only with soapy water.
Is it leaking from the front? If your washer is front loading, the leakage may be caused by a damaged door seal. In this case, you’ll need to consult a washing machine repair service to fix the sealant.
The washing machine won’t turn on
Everyone has been there: you’ve got a load of clothes ready to go, all of the controls set to the proper temperature and time, push the ‘on’ button and… nothing. There are many reasons why a washing machine might suddenly not on; the most common include:
- The lid switch is stuck, caught, or not fully locked due to an excessive load
- The circuit breaker is damaged
- The fuse box switch is turned off or damaged
- The motor is overheated from frequent use and needs to cool down
- The motor is damaged
- Certain conditions, such as soap dispensers or load weight or water line fills, are not met—this can vary by washer type and model
In case of damaged circuit breakers or fuse boxes, you’ll need to consult a company who can perform washing machine repair. Damaged motors also require the services of a professional repair company.
The washing cycle won’t finish
Sometimes, the washer will work—but it won’t actually finish the load by completing the washing cycle. When this occurs, the most common culprit is a damaged timer; timers can be damaged by rust corrosion or from overheated motors. If the timer is damaged, you’ll need to consult a washing machine repair service due to the delicate nature of the electronic controls.