Each year, the average American family does nearly 300 loads of laundry, which adds to a lot of wear and tear on your washer. Whereas you can repair certain appliances yourself, not all washing machine troubleshooting is that simple. You may need the assistance of a repair service to fix your equipment properly. Although hiring a professional to repair your washer will cost you money doing the job yourself when you are not completely sure of the problem may cost you even more.
Rather than going to the laundry mat or washing your clothes by hand, get the issue fixed as soon as possible. Look for these signs that you may need to call a professional.
1. The washer makes excessive noise.
If you’re hearing a ton of noise while washing your underwear, socks and other apparel, your washer may be off balance. Try rearranging the clothes so they’re evenly dispersed. If, after several attempts, rearranging clothes is not successful, try moving the washer so it’s level and as close to the floor as possible. If this doesn’t help, your drum or motor mount may be loose. The fix itself is easy, but accessing the drum or mount is tricky. You may want to call a washer repair service.
2. Water doesn’t fill the drum
If the water isn’t filling up, there are many possible causes, such as a kink in your hose, a delayed cycle selection or the hot and cold water faucets not being turned on. A clogged filter or a water intake valve may be to blame. When addressing these issues does not correct the problem, you may want to seek professional assistance.
3. The drum isn’t turning.
If the drum isn’t spinning, try checking the belts and the lid switch. While the belt is fairly easy to replace, the lid switch is another story. This part requires a great deal of work to replace. If you’re not completely sure how to do so, contact a professional.
4. Water remains in the drum.
Once the laundry finishes its cycle, there should not be any remaining water. Check to see if clothing has tangled up and blocked the pump. You also may want to evaluate the drain hose for clogs. If these aren’t the problem, the cause may be your water pump. Replacing a pump isn’t a simple task and is best left to the professionals.
5. The washing machine needs electrical work.
This can be a washer problem, but you might not be able to tell if this is an issue by yourself. Any electrical work or wiring is best left to the pros. It’s dangerous for a person who is not professionally trained to work on these issues. Plus, electrical or wiring malfunction can lead to significant damage.
6. You don’t know what’s wrong.
If you have absolutely no idea what’s wrong with your washer, call an expert. The inner workings of your washer are composed of many intricate components. If you’re not 100 percent sure what the problem is, you’re likely wasting your time. An expert will determine the problem quickly and may save you money. Not to mention, you may make the problem worse.