Common Washer Problems

Many people panic when their washer doesn’t work and immediately call for repair. Before you pick up the phone, troubleshoot your machine to save time and money. Here are several common washer problems that you can possibly resolve on your own.

Top 4 Common Washer Problems

If you own a washing machine, it’s good to be prepared for any future issues that can arise. That’s why the team at Dave Smith Appliances put together this list of common washer problems.

#1. Washer is Loud

Today’s washers have a fail-safe that suddenly turns them off when excessive vibration occurs. If this happens, rearrange the load inside or remove large, bulky items. You may have overloaded the machine.

A washer making loud noises and walking could mean the machine itself is unbalanced. Check to see if the machine is level and add plywood underneath or otherwise adjust the legs. If you try these suggestions and the washer still won’t turn on, it’s time for a service call.

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#2. Washer Leaking Water

Water on the floor doesn’t necessarily mean a major repair, but it is one of the common washer problems we see. A washer leaking can occur due to improper balancing or alignment, loose hoses, leaking water lines, or improper drainage due to clogs. Also, check for worn hose washers and clean out anything that could block water flow.

#3. Washer Won’t Fill With Water

It may sound silly, but make sure that the washer is plugged in or that the outlet has power as sometimes the circuit accidentally trip. Check hoses to make sure nothing has blocked water supply and examine valves to make sure the water supply is on.

However, your washer may not fill if the lid switch is not engaged. When you close the lid, listen for a distinct click. If you don’t hear one, the lid switch may be faulty and will need to be replaced.

#4. Washer Won’t Drain

One of the most common washer problems we hear about is a washer not draining completely. Clogged hoses, improper loading of clothes, obstructions, or too much detergent commonly cause drainage problems.

More often than not, there is a clog in the system. Check the drain pump for small objects or clothing blocking the pump. Remove any obstructions and test your washer by running a cycle. If it’s still not draining, it’s time to call for professional repair.

If you are still experiencing any of these common washer problems after troubleshooting, don’t hesitate to contact us for washer repair in Toledo.