Washing Machine Repair and Cleaning
Washing machines are a major appliance, and consistent use will lead to wear and tear. You have to clean and repair your washing machine to keep it in good use (For more information on washing machine, read Washing Machines: Choosing one to purchase). Are you up to the task? Don’t fret: we’ll guide you with some repair and cleaning tips to get the most out of your trusty washing machine.
Washing Machine Repair Tips
A household usually has either the top load type washing machine or the front load type washing machine. The top load type washing machine is the older version with a few knobs for changing settings, while the latter is the new version with possibly a digital panel to change settings. Each type has its own set of problems. Here are some things you can do to repair and troubleshoot common washing machine problems.
Top Load Washing Machine Repair Tips
Problem: My clothes are still too wet after the spin cycle is done.
Solution: There are usually two causes of this problem: a drain malfunction or a spin malfunction. To check for a drain malfunction, ensure the drain line is clear or if it has any partial blocking. Inspect the water pump as well. To check for a spin malfunction, test the lid switch, timer control, motor, transmission, water level switch and the centrifugal switch. Inspect the drive belt, motor coupler and look under the washer for soot.
Problem: The water in my washtub overflows.
Solution: Check the air tube for damages or holes. Test the timer control, the water inlet valve, and the water level switch if any of these trigger the problem.
Problem : My washer doesn’t work and doesn’t make any noise.
Solution: Check if the washer is plugged in securely or if the outlet has a current. Check if the water supply valves are turned on, inspect the water pump and check for overheating. Anything else may be a mechanical problem and will need a specialist to fix.
Problem: Water doesn’t enter my wash’s water tub.
Solution: Check if the water supply valves are turned on, or if the hoses have kinks or blockages. Check the filter screens and test the water level switch and the water inlet valve.
Problem: The water drains out during the wash or rinse cycle
Solution: Check the drain control lever and the cam bar. Test the timer control and the drain control coils.
Front Load Washing Machine Repair Tips
Problem: My washer’s fuse was blown.
Solution: You may be using too much detergent, use less next time. If not, you may be overloading your machine, causing the machine to drag down. Your motor may also be faulty, so have it checked by a professional.
Problem: My tub fills at the wrong cycle.
Solution: Clean your water inlet valves, and check if the water level switch is working correctly.
Problem:The water doesn’t shut off.
Solution: Reconnect or replace your hose. Clean the water valve inlet.
Problem: My washer doesn’t run.
Solution: Check if you’ve plugged in properly. You may also be overloading it or violating some safety protocol. Check the water pump if it’s clogged. Take the motor to a professional to get fixed.
Problem: Wrong water temperature is being used.
Solution: Check if the hoses are on their proper places. The appropriate water valve may also be turned off.
Washing Machine Cleaning
When cleaning, start from the inside and slowly work your way out. Open the lid and allow the inside container to dry. Meanwhile, add a small amount of detergent into a bucket of water. Grab a clean sponge, dip it into the mixture, and use it to scrub the inside container of the washing machine.
Afterwards, when you’re done scrubbing, pour the entire bucket into the washing machine and set it to spin. This should thoroughly clean the container in case you missed some spots. Drain and rinse thoroughly. For more information regarding this article, read how to clean a washing machine.