How to Repair a Washing Machine

You are going to find a washing machine in a majority of homes and these appliances have an average life of about 10 years. And if there is a washing machine, you are likely going to find the matching dryer sitting right next to it. These are two appliances that many homeowners feel are a necessity because going to the laundromat is way too annoying and way too expensive.

“It is important to take good care of your washing machine with gentle use, and routine care and maintenance,” according to Ross Mackey, a professional appliance repair in Santa Barbara, CA. There are a wide range of different brands such as Whirlpool, LG, and Haier. No matter how well you take care of your washer, there is going to come a time when something breaks. Care, repair and maintenance are going to help to extend the life of your washing machine.

WASHING MACHINE REPAIR

Here is a list of some of the most common issues that people encounter and ways in which to troubleshoot these problems. Some of these issues occur due to faulty construction, misuse, age or normal wear and tear:

WASHING MACHINE WON’T TURN ON

This may seem silly, but you are going to need to check to make sure that the machine is plugged in and that the circuit breakers are all in the “on” position. You would be surprised how often one of these obvious issues is the answer. Once these have been checked, start with the door latch switches. “If these switches seem like they are functioning, check the electronic controls, timers, and thermal fuses,” says David Perdue, owner of Sparks Appliance Repair.

WASHING MACHINE ISN’T AGITATING CORRECTLY

The agitation process in your washing machine is the process in which the clothes are tossed around in order to disperse the soap and water to get them clean. If this process is not happening, your clothes are not going to get clean the way that you need them to be. This problem can like be attributed to malfunctioning agitator cogs, coupler, transmission, or drive belt. The agitator cog should be the first on your list of things to inspect.

WASHER IS DRAINING/FILLING AT SAME TIME

This problem is related to the water level within the washing machine. This problem is going to make it so that the washer doesn’t fill up with water as it needs to in order to wash your clothes. There are a number of different pressure switches that are located in different areas within the washer. You will need to go through and thoroughly inspect all of the different switches to see which one of them is causing this to happen.

WASHING MACHINE IS LEAKING

Washers require a lot of water in order to appropriately wash your clothes and if something happens and this water begins to leak, it can cause a huge mess. It can also possibly cause a lot of damage, depending on where your washing machine is located. This problem needs to be addressed as soon as it arises so that it doesn’t get to this point. You will need to inspect the water inlet valve, the door seals for any wear and tear, and a pump that is worn out and leaking.

WASHING MACHINE IS MAKING LOUD NOISES

When these loud or unusual noises present themselves, it is usually the first sign that there is something going wrong with your washing machine. A washing machine is not a silent appliance, but it is going to be quite easy to differentiate regular noises with those that shouldn’t be there. These noises are likely coming from the pump motor, or a worn out bearing or belt.

BURNING SMELL FROM THE WASHER

More often than not, a burning smell coming from any household appliance (including your washing machine) is going to be a result of friction. This friction comes from two parts rubbing together that aren’t supposed to be. Drive belts and motor pulleys are the most likely to be causing this issue. A professional repair tech is going to be able to handle this quickly and easily for you.

WASHING MACHINE IS RATTLING AND SHAKING

Washing machines come equipped with leveling legs, shock absorbers, and dampening legs. These parts are there to make sure that they do not shake and rattle too much. Washing machines are naturally going to shake and rattle a little bit because of the weight of the water and clothes that are getting moved around due to the agitation cycle. These parts are easy to find and replace.

These are just some of the most common issues that happen with washing machines. There are plenty of other issues that can go wrong though. Make sure before attempting to repair your washing machine that you have the proper tools to do the job. If you don’t feel that you are up to the challenge that your washer may be presenting, never hesitate to call a local professional to come and help you out. Here are some we recommend:

Hesperia Appliance Repair Brothers
Hesperia, CA
760-840-5292
www.appliancerepairhesperia.com

Master Appliance Repair
San Francisco, CA
650-238-9050
www.masterappliancerepair.net

S.O.S. Santa Barbara Appliance Repair
Santa Barbara, CA
805-284-0434
www.santabarbaraappliancerepairco.com

A DiChristopher Appliance Repair
Tampa, FL
813-961-1188
dichristopherappliance.com

Sparks Appliance Repair
Sparks, NV
775-204-7276
www.appliancerepairsparks.com