6 Signs You Need Washing Machine Repair

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These six washer troubleshooting tips will help you decide between a DIY washing machine repair and calling in a professional. Learn what to look for when it comes to washing machine repairs.

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.

9 thoughts on “6 Signs You Need Washing Machine Repair”

  1. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that water in the drum can indicate problems with your washing machine. My machine has been having this problem, and I think it’s because of problems with the water pump. I want to get that up and running again so I can make sure my clothes are cleaning properly, so I’ll definitely look into having a professional come take a look and do any necessary repairs. Thanks for the great post!

  2. I like how you mentioned that water not draining could be due to a problem with the pump. My washing machine won’t drain at all, and it’s not because of a clog. Maybe it would be a good idea to have a professional come and take a look to see if the pump needs to be repaired or replaced.

  3. My washing machine hasn’t been working right recently. Water hasn’t been filling up in the drum. I’ll see if I can get a professional to take a look at it for me! That way they can figure out exactly what’s wrong, and hopefully even fix it.

  4. My husband and I are recently thinking we may need a washing machine repair done. Before reading this I didn’t know that a shaky washer can indicate a problem. It’s good to know that water staying in the drum after washing is a problem that might need professional help. This information is very helpful as we evaluate if we need to repair our washing machine!

  5. Thank you for all this great information about washing machine repair, when it comes to appliances, I have no idea what to do! Our washing machine hasn’t been working that well and now that you mention it, it has been much louder lately. I definitly agree that it’s time to find an appliance repair company to get the washer working at it’s top level.

  6. Last weekend when I washed my clothes, the water remained in the drum like you described. I tried checking the drain hose and pump, but everything looks like it’s in working order. Maybe I need to hire a professional like you mentioned. In the meantime, I’ll pump out the water so that it doesn’t sit stagnantly.

  7. I like that you said that just not knowing what’s wrong with your washing machine could call for an appliance service to come fix it. My brother told me his washing machine has been having problems and isn’t sure what to do about it. I think I will encourage him to just find a professional if he doesn’t know what’s wrong.

  8. I think my washing machine has an electrical problem, because it’s been having trouble turning on and when it does, it often ends up shutting itself off again. It’s good to know that it would be considered dangerous for me to attempt to tackle the problem by myself, so I’ll be sure to call an electrician to come look at the wiring and the outlet to see what the problem is. In the meantime, I’ll probably avoid using it if, as you said, electrical malfunctionings can cause significant damage.

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