You need your washing machine to run properly so you can wash your clothing and don't have to worry about going out to the laundromat with your bundle of quarters to get your clothes clean. When your machine stops working suddenly, it's a problem and one you want to be repaired right away. Read on for a few common washing machine issues and how you can repair them yourself.
1. Machine Not Draining
If your appliance isn't draining water properly, your clothing may be sopping wet, and the washing machine may have a foul odor to it. This filter can clog with not only lint, but other items as well, such as small socks or smaller undergarments, change, dollar bills, or small objects that may have gotten left inside pockets. This debris can cause a clog in the lint filter and lead to an issue with the water not being able to drain properly from the appliance. To make the repair, open the main panel on the washing machine and find where the lint filter is located. Remove the filter and remove the debris clogging it, then clean the filter itself by running it under hot water. Replace the filter and run your machine on a quick cycle to be sure the water is draining.
2. Drum Not Tumbling Your Clothing
If the drum isn't turning properly, it's not going to allow the clothing to tumble properly. This will lead to your clothing being left with a lot of soap on them, sopping wet clothes, or some clothing not wet at all. This may be due to an issue with the motor, belt, or a loose or broken screw holding the drum in place. Open the back of your washing machine and inspect the drum. Turn the drum manually and inspect the movement. Tighten the screws holding the drum in place. Also, inspect the belt that helps turn the drum. If the belt is damaged, replace it with a brand new one.
3. Front-Loader Leaking Water
If your front-loading washing machine is suddenly leaking water, you could end up with a mess on your hands. The door to front-loading machines locks into place before it starts to run, so first, check that the machine says it is locked. If it is locked, open it back up again and inspect the seal around the door to be sure it is still in good shape. If you notice any cracks or dry-rotting, the seal needs to be replaced. Remove the old seal and replace it with a brand new one. You can find replacement parts at your local appliance parts store. Be sure to use the screws with the new seal, don't reuse any of the old parts. Test your work after you've replaced the seal to be sure you don't have any further leaks.
If you have any of the above issues with your washing machine, use the information above to make the repair. If you have any other issues with your washing machine, look for a washer repair service like D-3/A-OK Appliance Service Inc. for more information.