Troubleshooting a Few Common Problems With a Washing Machine


A washing machine usually runs for years without problems, if it's a high-quality model and you don't regularly overfill it or add very heavy items to the machine. When it does break down, you may not need to call a repairperson right away. There are some common issues with a washer that you might be able to address on your own with the following troubleshooting tips. These can also give you an idea of what repairs a technician might need to make if you do need to call for their assistance.

It doesn't work at all

First make sure you haven't tripped a circuit in the home and the machine is properly plugged in. Next, note if the wires or cord to the machine itself have come loose; if so, they need replacing. Don't try to push them back into the machine as they are damaged when they come loose, and this can increase the risk of an electrical fire.

If the wires are fine, check the lid of the machine. When the lid is closed, it will rest on a small switch along the lip or edge of the machine opening. Typically a washing machine won't work at all if the lid is opened because if that switch is broken or stuck, the machine won't sense that the lid is closed and it then stops working. Check for obstructions around this switch but if it's defective, it simply needs to be replaced.

It overflows or doesn't drain

If the machine hasn't been overfilled with clothes so that it overflows when it fills with water, check the drain line behind it. Be sure it's not kinked and nothing is actually resting on it, which wouldn't allow water to drain away. You can also remove the drain line from the machine and note if there is an obstruction; small clothes like a baby's sock or a toddler's underwear may easily get stuck in this line when water drains, so that the machine overflows or doesn't drain at all. If the line is fine, a technician may need to check the pump and note if it's actually pumping water out of the machine.

It doesn't spin

Usually there is a broken belt in the machine when the drum doesn't spin. This belt is what keeps the drum spinning and when it's broken, there is nothing to make the drum actually turn. You might notice a high-pitched squeal or other such noise when the belt is broken, and this usually needs to be replaced by a technician.


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