If you're like most homeowners, it seems that the washing machine always quits when you have a pile of laundry to do, not when you've just finished. In addition, it's difficult for most people to tell whether it makes sense to call a washing machine repair technician or whether the problem is so serious that it makes more sense to replace the unit.
Common Washing Machine Issues
Of the most often found washing machine repairs, most are relatively inexpensive to fix. Some issues you can even troubleshoot yourself.
- Your washer does nothing when you turn it on. A washing machine that doesn't react when you turn it on is not getting the power it needs to operate. This can be caused by many things. The outlet may be defective. It could even something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or a fuse that needs replaced. Some machines also have a safety features where they won't start if the door is slightly ajar. Another option for no power is if you've been doing a lot of laundry and the motor has overheated. It may need a few minutes to cool down before you start the machine again.
- Your washer isn't draining. If you go to get your clothes out of the washer and it's still full of water, the problem could be a twist or kink in the drain line. It could also be a blockage in the drain. (You did remember to empty the lint filter, right?) This issue could also be the result of a pump malfunctioning. This issue requires the help of a washing machine repair technician, but is generally much cheaper than replacing the entire machine.
- Your washer won't finish the cycle. A washer that doesn't make it all of the way through the cycle likely has a malfunctioning timer. This, too, is a relatively easy and inexpensive issue to repair.
- Your washing machine is leaking. The most common cause of a washing machine leak is a leaking drain hose. However, this problem can also be caused by using too much laundry detergent. Newer soaps are designed to get the same results with less product. This is especially an issue if your home has soft water.
While there's no guarantee that your washing machine can be fixed easily and without great expense, most washing machine repairs can be done without replacing the unit or breaking your budget.