Everyone has enough financial stresses to worry over without pricey appliances like the washing machine breaking down as well. Instead of calling for repair services or buying a replacement unit, these do-it-yourself tips can save you a bundle and get your washing machine back up and running without having to wait on a repairperson. This troubleshooting guide will help you get your machine working again or identify what serious problems require professional service so you can get back to what you really want to do — the laundry.
The machine won’t start
Like any appliance, the immediate reaction when something won’t start is the fear the motor is fried. Many power issues, however, can be easy fixes for appliances. Starting with the basics, test the outlet to make sure it works by using another device like a lamp or hair dryer. For a faulty outlet, try checking the circuit breaker or fuse box. If the outlet isn’t a problem, inspect the power cable of the washer, check the filter screens, test out the timer and switches and make sure water supply valves are on. A common problem for washing machines not running occurs when the lid switch malfunctions; if so, it can easily be replaced with a new part.
The machine won’t dispense hot water
Some washing machines suddenly stop running hot water, which is commonly an issue with a bad solenoid valve. This piece is not difficult to replace once you find out the exact model number of your washing machine and contact a supplier. An easy way to know if the solenoid valve is the problem is to switch the connecting hot water and cold water hoses. If the reverse effect occurs, you know the problem is simply the valve.
The drains are clogged
When pumps and hoses get clogged, the washing machine will not be able to drain. A quick check can show whether or not anything has been lodged inside either the drain line or the pump. While drain lines can be easy to unclog, the water pump might require replacing. It’s wise to replace worn belts when changing the water pump.
The machine won’t spin
There can be a number of causes for spinning problems in a washing machine, ranging from easier problems like lid switches and timers to more difficult issues involving the driver belt or another solenoid. Be sure the machine isn’t simply overloaded before getting our your toolbox; many washers are built to stop functioning temporarily when the load is too heavy.
These common problems highlight some issues with washing machines that are easier to solve yourself than hiring an expert. There are plenty of resources and guides online for addressing other troubleshooting issues; more advanced DIY strategists might enjoy solving such problems. While it’s always worth some time to research washing machine problems and try and make quick fixes, bigger jobs might require some extra help. The most important step is identifying the source of the problem; this way you can at least get quotes from repair services regarding the cost and save yourself the cost of a professional stopping by just to check it out.