How To Repair A Washing Machine

Zac Walker
Dec 27, 2019   •  2 views

Because our washing machines are constantly working, it shouldn't come as a surprise when it breaks down or its performance is just not cutting it anymore. Instead of going out and buying a new one or calling an appliance technician, with just a little bit of teachers and guidance you can find what's wrong with it and fix it. 

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Will Not Start

This is one of the most common washing machine breakdowns. You put your clothes in and press ON but nothing happens. 

The first thing you can do is to check its power cord that is located behind the washer. Sometimes it can get unplugged because it has some vigorous movements, especially if you are washing a big and imbalanced load. If that is the problem you are facing, make sure that your cord isn't tied to allow it more flexibility. 

The other thing you can come across is the circuit breaker flipped off. If that's the case you will need to reset your circuit breaker, to do that you need to find the electrical service panel, find the right circuit breaker and flip it back on.

If you have checked all of those things before, your front loader lid switch might be broken. That is the part of the door frame that makes sure that the door is properly sealed before it starts filling up with water. All you need to do this is close the lid and look for parts that don't connect properly. 

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Will Not Spin

If your machine isn't spinning, you are left with soaked soapy clothes, because your machine spins to clean the clothes and spinning at a high-speed squeezes the water out of them so they can dry easier. 

The first and easiest thing you can do is redistribute your clothes when it's inside the tub. When it's out of balance it will automatically stop until it is balanced again. If that was the problem after redistributing the clothes it should start spinning again. Avoid putting large loads of things like towels or sheets. 

The next thing you can do is check the drain hose. In most cases, small items will get into the drainage system and clog it. You can check the drain pump by finding the hose that leads to the back of the machine. 

If everything else fails then it might be time to replace the lid switch. You can simply remove the lid switch and figure out if that is why your machine isn't spinning. All you need to do is go out and by a spare part. It is really easy to find LG, Bosch or Samsung washing machine parts for cheap. To install it you just need to set it in the slot and pull it back.

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Won't Drain

Everybody had the unfortunate experience of opening the machine only to discover that your clothes are floating in the water. 

The first step is to bail the water out and unplugging the machine. Then you need to check the pump housing and seeing if the pump is clogged. If it is clogged you can simply use some pliers and untwist the clog from the pump. The best-case scenario is that the clog is the tube and not in the pump. If that's the case it will usually be at the end of the hose.

What to Do If Your Washing Machine Is Making Loud Noises

This is one of the most annoying problems your washing machine can have. But if you don't fix it in time, it can cause some serious problems. 

Some things that could be causing your machine to make noise are the tub bearings that are located below the tub and sometimes they become worn out and need to be replaced. If it is making a squeaking sound it might need to be lubricated. 

If it is making a really loud and worrying noise the pulley belt might be cracked or out of shape. This is where you will probably need some help to get to the motor and fix it. Another sign that indicates that there is a problem with the belt is a strong burnt rubber smell. 

You don't need to be a pro to fix your washing machine. All you need to do are screwdrivers some pliers and a flashlight. Repairs can take as little as half an hour but you must prepare yourself that it might take time to find the problem and parts to repair it.