Do It Yourself Appliance Repair: Troubleshooting Common Clothes Washer Problems

Well there you have it. Lets face the facts most of us cannot or just do not want to fix the more complicated problems with our washing machine. We are usually very willing to call the professional. Some things are however, easily fixed and we can do it ourselves. Don't be afraid give it a try!

Washing machines are a requirement in our everyday living. When something goes wrong, it means that hampers will be overflowing and kids will be yelling for their favorite clean shirt. Appliances can break down. However, with a reasonable amount of maintenance the disruptions in our busy lives may be prevented. Washing machines can be very dependable and will last for years.

Before beginning repair read the owner's manual for instructions, information, and directions for use and care. Remember to unplug the washing machine from electrical source before beginning repair.

The machine is vibrating and noisy:

There are four leveling feet located at the front and back on each corner of all washing machines. These leveling feet can be adjusted. Rock the machine back and forth, if it is not securely resting on the floor the machine will need to be balanced. Use a carpenter's level placed on the top of the machine and using an adjustable wrench, turn the feet until the washer sets square on the floor, and will not rock. Fill the washer with clothes in an even balanced manner, if loaded incorrectly the machine will vibrate while spinning. Check the particular instructions for loading your brand of machine. Overloading the washing machine is very common, however this is very hard on the machine



Will not fill or will fill partially:

Check the water hoses coming into the washing machine and make sure they are not twisted. One or both of the water faucets that allow cold and hot water into the machine may be turned off. Filters located in the ends of the hoses entering the machine may become occluded with lint and debris. Remove the screens and clean them thoroughly. To loosen the screens use channel lock pliers and lift them out. If these filter screens are too dirty, new ones can be purchased at the hardware store.

Overflowing machine:

Immediately shut the washing machine off using the control dial to stop the overflow of water. If the mixing valve is fixed in the open position, the water will not stop. Start by shutting off valves found near the machine on the wall or sometimes near a sink. The valves will turn off if turned in a clockwise direction. The main shut off valve providing water to your home can also be used to shut off the water supply. Just a hint, it is good know where this valve is located just in case there is a major leak in the home. Do not turn the water supply back on to the machine and then turn the control dial to the spin cycle to empty the water from the unit. If the machine still will not empty then it is most probably a damaged pump or belt and a service man will need to be called.

If the tub goes ahead and empties then use the timer dial and make sure to turn the machine off. Now turn the water on if the water enters the machine at this point before you have turned the control dial to on position then the mixing valve is malfunctioning. You can be successful at times in loosening the mixing valve by turning the timer dial on and off a few times. If this works it is still most assuredly, a matter of time before the mixing valve goes completely out. Watch the washing machine as it fills or you may have some overflows. However, this may buy you a little time.

If water does not start until the timer dial is turned to a fill cycle, a technician will need to be called because the water level switch is damaged and will ultimately overflow again

The machine will not start:

Number one task is to check to make sure the unit is plugged firmly into a functioning outlet. The fuse or circuit breaker in the electrical box may be tripped. Most machines have a switch on the lid that turns the machine off when the lid is raised. The lid may not be completely shut.

The off balance switch may have shut the machine down, if clothing is not uniformly placed in the machine it will cause shaking and vibration. Adjust the load in the washer until it is as even as possible then try the machine again. If none of the above is out of order then call a serviceman.

Something stuck in agitator:

Turn the machine off and use both hands placing them adjacent the base of the agitator. Giving a hefty pull, lift the agitator up. Read the manual of the machine because some agitators have a covering on the top that you will need to unscrew first. You can then see the article that is stopping the agitator from functioning. Take it out and replace the agitator back on the shaft of the washing machine.

Well there you have it. Lets face the facts most of us cannot or just do not want to fix the more complicated problems with our washing machine. We are usually very willing to call the professional. Some things are however, easily fixed and we can do it ourselves.

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