Sep 12, 2018

Help! My Washing Machine Is Broken

There are few things more annoying than when an essential household appliance decides enough is enough and packs in.Most of our washing machines are used frequently and put through their paces on a regular basis, so they are among the most likely household appliances to suffer an unexpected failure. When your washing machine stops working, you need to decide if the costs of replacing or repairing it are justified.
For many of the simplest and most common washing machine problems, you can fix them yourselves, if you know what you’re doing. Here is a guide to some of the most common washing machine errors that you can sometimes solve for yourself.

Washer Will Not Start

If you find yourself faced with a machine that simply sits and does nothing when you hit the “On” button, this could be indicative of any number of different potential issues. This could be a fault in the machine itself, or a problem with the supply of power. The first thing you should do is ensure that the machine is plugged in properly, and that the mains socket is working.

If you can’t get any power out of the plug at all, check the circuit breaker in your house to see if anything has flipped. If it has, flip it back on again to reset the breaker.

Many washing machines will also not start if the door is open, or if the machine thinks the door is open. Close the door and verify that it is fully closed, and locked. If you cannot get the door to close or lock, sometimes all you need to do is to wipe around the door paying particular attention to the seal, and the areas behind/underneath it.

Clothes Are Covered in Lint and Debris

If you notice that when you take your clothes out of the machine after a wash, they are covered in small pieces of fluff, lint, hair, and other forms of debris, this can indicate a couple of different issues.

First of all, the most common cause of this issue is simply the user overloading the washing machine. You shouldn’t be trying to fill your machine with clothes before washing. If there isn’t sufficient space for clean water to circulate, it won’t be able to pull these pieces out of the water. Check the user manual for load maximums. Similarly, if you overdo it with the detergent, it will lead to more debris in your wash, not less.

Finally, if you have a pet, wash any pet-related items in a separate wash to the rest of your clothes.

Washer Won’t Spin

If you notice that your machine gets part of the way through its cycle, but then never starts spinning your clothes, this indicates an issue with your washer.

First of all, try spreading and redistributing your clothing around the machine. Sometimes the position of your clothes can inhibit the mechanism of the washer. You should also verify that your machine is sitting level. Some machines won’t start spinning if they are out of level.

Finally, ensure that the machine is able to drain. Small items, especially things you forget to take out of your pockets, can clog machines easily.

Some washing machine issues can be fixed relatively easily by the user. However, more complex problems will require that you seek out professional washing machine repairs. Fortunately, most washing machine problems can be solved, whether by the user or by a repair service. You can minimise the chances of your machine suffering problems by regularly washing and maintaining it. Never undertake any repair work that you aren’t confident in.

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