4 Common Washing Machine Problems & How to Fix Them

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It’s one of the most used appliances in the household, so everyone will get a sinking feeling when their washing machine suddenly starts to act strangely. We’re dealing with this right now, and we’re not happy about it. On some occasions, the reason for the malfunction will be minor. In other cases — the unfortunate cases — it could result in a major repair or even replacement of the appliance. Noone wants to unexpectedly have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new washing machine.

All of the above is why appliance repair companies like Service Force are so sought after; being able to quickly identify and resolve a problem of this ilk is of huge importance if you want your home running smoothly.

Here are some of the biggest washing machine problems — and how you might go about resolving them.

Problem #1: The machine won’t drain

This may seem like a huge problem, particularly when you have a sopping wet load of laundry on your hands, but it can be fixed relatively easily. You do need to be strong and able enough to maneuver the machine into a position where you can access the drain hose. Remove the hose, allowing the water to flow out into a bucket or container.

Reattach the hose, and keep an eye on the machine during the next load. If the problem persists, you may need to enlist professional help.

Problem #2: It’s stopped spinning

While there can be major issues behind this problem, that’s not always the case. In fact, one of the most common reasons why a machine stops spinning is because there isn’t enough in the drum. Modern machines have systems in place to prevent really small loads from spinning, as the machine can spin out of control due to the light weight. At the same time, the problem can exist for the opposite reason. If too much laundry is in there, it might prevent the machine from spinning and becoming unbalanced. Check the size of your laundry load, and see if adding or removing some items solves the problem.

Problem #3: The bouncing washing machine

If you have ever experienced this problem, you will have well and truly been made aware of it. In short, midway through a cycle, your washing machine will start to bounce — and probably scare anyone unfortunate enough to be near it. In many cases, the problem is simply that you have overloaded the machine, causing the drum to become unbalanced and rock side to side during a spin. However, on many occasions, this is purely due to a technical issue. The concrete weights on older machines can dislodge and cause this, but you should also check the shock absorbers between the drum and chassis everything is properly aligned. If this doesn’t help, you may have to have it repaired professionally.

Problem #4: Noisy machine

Again, if you’ve had this problem, you’d know it in a hurry. The easiest diagnosis is if something is dislodged in the drum, like a coin or something else left in the pockets of your clothes. In this case, removing it should solve the problem. However, other more serious problems that could cause this include failed bearings, or if something has become stuck in the drain pump. In the case of the latter, check the filter to see if you can remove it. In either case, if you can’t solve the problem on your own, a professional should be able to tell you if it’s worth repairing or replacing the appliance.

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