We all want to look our best. The most important aspect of looking sharp is taking proper care of our clothing.
Proper washing and drying clothing allows us to get the best long term value out of our wardrobe. The essential nature of the washer and dryer unit in your home can’t be overstated. But it’s easy to forget just how important your washer is until it stops working.
Washer malfunctions can be frustrating. They can interrupt the natural flow of your week and be complicated to diagnose or fix. Lucky for you, our guide below will help you diagnose common washing machine problems.
If your washer is acting up and you can’t seem to figure out why, read on for more.
1. It’s Incredibly Noisy
Washers always make a decent amount of noise as they cycle through cleanings and do their business. Most of this noise is caused by the vibration of the unit.
But if all the sudden your washer is making a lot more noise than normal, it can be both irritating and a cause for concern. More frustrating, it can be hard to trace the source of such noise as there can be so many potential causes.
It may be a simple problem: maybe you left some change or objects in your pocket that are now thumping around the metal interior. If you check inside and don’t find any stray items, the problem might be more serious.
It might be an issue with the drum of the washer– something you’ll definitely want a repair company to come and take a look at.
2. Slow To Drain Out
When you open your washer out of a clean, there should be no more water left in the machine. It should all have been drained out, leaving your clothes ready for easy access.
If you open your washer and still find it flooded with water, it’s a problem. This might be due to issues with your filtering system. Sometimes build up of dirt or grime over time can block water from exiting the machine.
If your filter seems clean or if cleaning it doesn’t solve the issue, it might require more serious maintenance.
3. The Machine Won’t Spin
The spinning motion of a washer is key to it’s cleaning process. If your washing machine won’t spin, you can kiss goodbye to the proper care of your clothing.
A refusal to spin is usually the result of some sort of motor problem. It might mean that your washer’s motor is dead and needs to be replaced.
It also might be indicative of more basic problems. Sometimes a washer will refuse to spin if it’s overstuffed with clothes. You can try a lighter load and see if that solves the spinning problem.
4. There’s No Water At All
The opposite of the above draining problem is if you’re washer isn’t receiving any water at all. A ‘dry’ wash won’t do your clothing any good, so this is a problem that will need to be sorted out right away.
The most common cause of a lack of water is a problem with the hose that leads to your washer. A kink or block in the hose might be preventing water from reaching your washer.
If there’s no block or damage to your washer’s hose, there could be much a more serious problem. You’ll need to call professional help to come to take a look.
5. There’s A Bad Odor
The whole reason you’re washing your clothes is to get them squeaky clean and smelling good. So a bad smell emitting from your washer can be incredibly off-putting.
Outside of the less than pleasant nature, a bad odor can also be indicative of corrosion that can be bad for the life of your washer down the line.
A bad smell is usually caused by the build-up of bacteria that can grow in your washer over the course of time. This can grow easier if you only do cold washes in your machine. Doing a warm wash every now and again can help to clear out bacteria and keep your washer environment fresh.
Trained professionals can help you through how to do a maintenance wash and keep your machine running smooth and smelling good.
6. Your Machine Won’t Turn On
There couldn’t be anything more frustrating than a washer that just simply won’t turn on. Pressing the power button over and over with no response is a good way to drive yourself to insanity.
Outside of making sure it’s plugged in, there are a few steps you can take to check on your washer. Check your fuse and fuse box and make sure power is running to your machine.
If your machine has run out of power in the middle of a wash, there’s a chance that it overheated. Give it some time to cool down and see if the machine will turn back on after a break.
If none of the above solutions fix the problem, your machine might have a serious electronic issue. Professional help can diagnose the nature of the problem and recommend if you’ll need a replacement or not.
Troubleshooting Washing Machine Problems
You probably use your home washing machine multiple times a week. That’s why it can be all the more frustrating when it stops working. The above washing machine problems are common and be easily solved with the help of a professional repair service.
Have questions about your home washer unit? Give us a call anytime.