Broken Washing Machine? No Problem!

November 27, 2017

The following is a guest post from Cassie, an editor at Think Tank Home. Today Cassie is joining Shopping Brake to share her insights into how to recognize and overcome basic washing machine problems. For more tips on home appliances including buyer guides, reviews, and fixing basic problems check out Think Tank Home.



Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

When you hear an ugly noise coming from the washer, or see water trailing out of the bottom, it can seem like disaster. Especially so when you’ve been making your dollars stretch through making the most of your clothes purchases. Your prized delicates can be ruined by a faulty machine or cycle, costing you more in the long run and increasing that impulse to go out on a shopping binge.

For many homeowners, this will see you reaching for your phone to get hold of a plumber. Indeed, many Americans, and millennials, lack basic DIY skills. Getting a worker out to fix your appliances is expensive, though. But why would you save money on shopping yet not save money on home maintenance? In this article, we’ll be showing you a few of the most basic washing machine problems and how to overcome them.

Machine Not Draining/Wet Clothes

When you look through the door and see a clean inch of water in your machine, or your clothes come out drenched, it can ramp up your anxiety to 11. However, a leaking washing machine is one of the most common washing machine problems. There is often a simple solution to your problem.

First off, you could simply be using too much detergent. This can be seen if there are suds when your clothes rinse. The effect of this is that the suds take up the airspace, causing water to be unable to drain. Also, check the water pump; if you have pets, hair and hay can clog it, or even coins, hair clips and hair itself.

Noisy Machine

Your machine can cause consternation if it’s buzzing too loud, spinning at a different frequency or gurgling. Again, this is often a straightforward issue. Check the drain hose for foreign objects; this can be achieved by moving the machine from where it sits and detaching the outlet hose (with the use of towels and a tray in case of spillage!). There will often be a foreign object lodged somewhere along the line causing the problem.

Not Turning On

The king of the issues is the machine not turning on. Especially if you have a pile of washing that you’re determined to get through only to find a non-responsive machine. There can be a few reasons for this, but you can diagnose them all yourself. First off, check that there’s no power to the machine. You can use a multimeter to check the socket safely and ensure nothing is coming through; you can even take multimeter skill learning course to make sure you’re doing the right stuff. This can help you diagnose if your plug is to blame, saving a callout for an electrician if it’s just the replaceable washer cable.

It could also be the motor overheating; in which case, give it a break! Even if it’s beyond repair, the cost of replacement isn’t difficult and can be completed with a bit of heavy lifting help.

A broken washing machine doesn’t need to create a broken you. Keeping these tips in mind, you can keep your appliances in good check and save yourself a pretty penny in the process.

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