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Common Washer Problems & How To Solve Them


Washing machines have become an essential appliance in modern households as they save time and effort on laundry. However, similar to any other mechanical device, they can develop issues over time. In this article, Jacob Dillard, an engineer at Appliance Repair Expert, will consider common problems with washing machines and how to fix them. 

Washer Is Leaking

If your washer is leaking, it could be due to several reasons, such as a damaged door seal, loose hoses, or a malfunctioning pump. First, inspect the door seal for tears or debris and clean it regularly. Check the hoses for any signs of damage and tighten connections as needed. Examine the pump for leaks and ensure it is properly connected. 

If the issue persists, it may require professional repair or replacement of faulty components like the tub or detergent dispenser. Regular maintenance and prompt repair can help prevent further damage and ensure the efficient operation of your washer.

why washer is leaking

Here’s how we fix a leaking washing machine:

It Doesn’t Start

If your washing machine won’t start, it could be due to a variety of issues, such as a faulty door latch, a faulty power supply or a problem with the control panel. Firstly, make sure that the washing machine is plugged in and receiving power by checking the power socket and circuit breaker. Then check the door latch to make sure it is properly engaged and not damaged. If the power supply and door latch are working properly, try restarting the washing machine by unplugging it for a few minutes and then plugging it back in. 

If the problem persists, professional diagnostics and repair may be required, possibly to components such as the control board or motor.

Watch our video on what to do if your washing machine won’t start or won’t fill with water:

Washing Machine Doesn’t Drain

blocked filter in washing machine

If your washing machine doesn’t drain, it could be due to a clogged drain hose, a malfunctioning drain pump, or a blocked filter. First, check the drain hose for any obstructions or kinks that may be preventing water from flowing out properly. Ensure that the hose is not positioned too low or too high, as this can affect drainage. Next, inspect the drain pump for any signs of damage or blockages, such as debris or foreign objects. Clean the pump and remove any obstructions if necessary. Additionally, check the washer’s filter for buildup and clean or replace it as needed.

If these steps don’t resolve the issue, seek professional assistance to diagnose and repair any underlying problems with the drain system.

Here’s a video showing why your washing machine won’t drain:

Washer Doesn’t Spin

If your washing machine fills with water but doesn’t spin during the wash cycle, it may indicate a faulty sensor. Before you check the sensor, ensure that the washer’s door is closed and secured properly. To test the sensor, the drum inside your washing machine should rotate slowly but continuously in either direction throughout the wash cycle. If you notice that the drum isn’t spinning or hear strange clattering sounds during the rotation, it could indicate a malfunction in the water pump or some moving parts are obstructed in your washing machine. A failing electric drive could also be the cause of the issue.

Water Pump
Water Pump

Your Washer Cannot Complete The Washing Cycle

If your washer cannot complete the washing cycle, it may be due to a variety of factors, including a malfunctioning timer, a faulty lid switch, or an issue with the water inlet valve. First, check the timer or electronic control panel for any error codes or signs of malfunction. If the timer or control panel appears to be working correctly, inspect the lid switch to ensure it is engaging properly when the lid is closed. Additionally, check the water inlet valve to ensure it is not clogged or malfunctioning. If these components are functioning correctly, there may be an underlying mechanical or electrical issue that requires professional diagnosis and repair. 

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning the washer and checking for loose connections, can help prevent future issues and ensure optimal performance.

Washer Main Electronic Control Unit
Washer Main Electronic Control Unit

If you encounter one of the above problems and cannot solve it, contact Appliance Repair Expert for help, and we will quickly provide you with the necessary assistance, repair and replace parts if necessary.

Author: Jacob Dillard
My name is Jacob Dillard, and I am the author of articles at Appliance Repair Expert. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by technology and spent much time reading different books and trying to repair my first CD player. Then, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. In a year, I got my first job as a technician at an appliance repair company. After years of practice and working with professionals, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and experience here at Appliance Repair Expert. I want to help you understand everything related to appliance repair, maintenance and installation in the simplest way possible. It will be fun, believe me!

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