A washing machine makes washing clothes easy, fast and convenient. It features a big tub that fills with water and drains. The machine spins to wring clothes and remove water. It stirs clothes using a rolling drum in front-loading machines and an agitator at the centre for top-load machines.
Based on four basic cycles, a washing machine fills, washes clothes, drains and spins. Although the functions or parts that power these cycles work well, a washing machine can fail. You can easily repair some simple washing machine issues. However, some complex faults require the services of a professional washing machine repair company.
It’s important to unplug your washing machine before you begin working on it. In case of a front-loading machine, it must be empty prior to opening the machine door to start repairing it. Whether your machine isn’t agitating clothes or draining, you can easily diagnose your machine to find out why it’s not working.
With knowledge of common issues with washing machines, you can get a general idea of what could be wrong with yours. You can also determine the parts that either require replacement or repair for your washing machine to begin operating again.
13 Common Issues with Washing Machines
A washing machine can produce different types of noise. For instance, it can produce a squealing of a belt, rattle like a motor pump or worn tub bearings. With knowledge of the specific sound your machine produces, you can tell the specific underlying issue for repair. 27% of customers reported this problem with washing machines.
Worn pump, damaged door seals and a faulty water inlet valve can cause your washing machine to start leaking. These parts might need repair or replacement, depending on the level of damage on the parts. With at least 25% of reports from customers concerning the same issue, it is a common problem with washing machines.
- Machine does not Start
Faulty timers, door latch switches, thermal fuses and electronic controls can cause washing machines not to start. Assess the related components to find out what actually causes your machine not to start. 17% of customers reported the same issue.
- Does not Agitate
Why is your washing machine not agitating? It could be that the coupler, agitator cogs and transmission or drive belt is faulty, causing of the malfunction. Assess these parts for repair or replacement, or call a professional to help you out. 9% of customers reported this issue.
- Timer Does Not Advance
Why is your washing machine’s timer not working? Repair the timer motor, lid switch, drain pump or water level control to fix this issue. Only 4% of customers have reported this issue widely.
- Pumps, but No Spins
Test the direct drive motor coupling, the wax motor and door lock to assess the situation. Fix identified issues or replace parts to render your watching machine functional again. 3% of customers have reported similar issues.
- The Machines Shake and Move
Does your washing machine shake and move? Inspect tub dampening straps, shock absorbers and levelling legs to find out the cause of the problem and address it. 3% of customers reported this issue.
- Water Does Not Fill
Learn how to test an inlet hose, a water inlet valve and a lid switch. Find out if they have issues that can cause your washing machine not to fill with water. 2% of customers reported this issue.
- Burning Smell
Motor pulleys and drive belts can cause a burning smell to come out of your washing machine. Assess the motors to find out which specific one is producing a burning smell. 1% of customers reported this issue, meaning it occurs a lot in washing machines.
- Machine Continuously Fills with Water
Does your washing machine fill water non-stop? It could be that the water level pressure switch, water inlet valve or air dome tube is causing water to fill in your machine non-stop. 1% of customers reported this issue.
- Machine Fills and Drains Simultaneously
Inspect the pressure switches and water level because they’re the ones responsible for causing water to fill and drain at the same time. 1% of customers reported this issue for repair.
- Water is Neither Cold nor Hot
An inlet hose or switch for regulating temperature can be the reasons your washing machine produces neither cold nor hot water. Fix the issue or call a professional to help repair your machine. 1% of customers reported that their machine had the same issue.
Not sure about DIY repairs or just fear tampering with your washing machine? Contact Brad’s Appliance Repair to find out more information about our washing machine repair services in Mesa Arizona.