Most common washer issues
Your washer is most likely one of the most important household appliances of all. Nobody likes the idea of washing all their laundry by hand or making regular trips to the laundromat, which is why it’s so important to keep your washer in top shape. Of course, no matter how often you clean and care for your washer, there are some parts that will eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear. Here are some common problems that you are most likely to encounter at some point.
Not turning on
If your washer does not turn on, you should check your power supply and the outlet. Check your fuses and test the outlet by plugging in a small appliance like a hairdryer. If there is no trouble with your power supply or plug, then the issue could be something electrical within the washer itself. Alternatively, you may not have shut the door properly or the sensor on the door could be faulty. This door sensor ensures that the washer does not turn on if the door is open. A faulty sensor could mean that your washer “thinks” the door is open when it is really shut.
If your washing machine turns on and the tub fills with water but it does not turn, this could also indicate an issue with the door. Check to make sure that the door is completely shut and that there is no issue with the sensor. Your washer could also be in the middle of the soak cycle. What this means is that the washer will fill up with water and your laundry will soak before the washer drum starts turning. If the washer is full but you hear a humming noise, this could indicate a problem with the pump or there could be a blockage somewhere. A faulty motor could also result in the washer not spinning.
If your washing machine fills with water but does not drain, you might want to check the hoses and tubes before calling a professional. Kinks in the tubes can stop water from flowing out. If the drain line is clogged, this will also cause problems. If the tubes need to be replaced, make sure that you get the correct diameter. If they are too narrow, it will make it even more difficult for water to flow out of the drum. Other possible causes for this problem include motor issues, problems with the pump, or worn belts.
Wash cycles not completed
The control panel on your washer is kind of like the brains of the operation. So, if the washer starts a cycle but the cycle is not completed, it could be due to a control panel fault. Before replacing any electronics, however, it’s important to figure out which stage of the wash cycle is causing problems and this could provide more insight into the cause of the problem. For example, if the machine is not draining, it might have nothing to do with the control panel and it could be a blockage or similar problem.
Leaks are quite obvious and you will notice this problem immediately. Leaks can occur if you use too much soap, if the pipes or tubes are broken, or if the door seals are worn. Corrosion inside the washer itself can also cause unexpected leaks.
No matter the problem, when it comes to your washer it’s always important to get a professional involved. These appliances can be tricky to diagnose without the right experience and tools. Max Appliance Repair specializes in speedy washer repairs. We work on all brands and all types of washing machines. Contact us at (647) 477-0946 for washer repairs you can rely on.