Troubleshooting washing machine problems can be a major source of stress if you’re not prepared. Thankfully, this article will help you relax and learn different ways on how to fix your washing machine at home. Before calling a technician and spending precious dollars on what could have been solved by a quick check, try to research first on your own. Here are 5 troubleshooting tips and common problems you should know when dealing with your washing machine at home:
- Don’t panic
Being that a washing machine is a major appliance at home, it’s easy to panic when something goes wrong. But don’t. It’s hard not to, especially when you’re in need of a fresh set of clothes asap or if you accidentally ruined something, but panicking won’t get you anywhere. Instead, take a deep breath and try to determine the cause of the problem. Calm down and asked yourself what happened. Did your washing machine suddenly stop running? Was it leaking? Is it not properly rinsing your clothes? Is it making odd sounds? Make sure not to panic unplug your machine at the slightest worry. Figure out what may be causing the problem first before troubleshooting.
- Check the plugs
If your washing machine suddenly stopped running or isn’t operating as it’s supposed to, check if it’s receiving any power at all. Look at the receptacle and see if the machine is properly plugged in. If it’s a bit loose, tighten it and make sure the plug isn’t exposed. Make sure the power cord isn’t frayed or broken. Also, ensure that the lid of your washer is closed down as some machines do not begin operating if it senses that the cover is up. If the receptacle seems dead, it’s time to check the circuit breaker. If it’s your first time troubleshooting with the circuit breaker, I suggest you ask someone’s assistance.
- Check the water valves
If soap residue remains on your clothes after a cycle, there could be several causes and most of the time it’s due to improper rinsing. Check if you’re using the machine correctly by putting just the right amount of soap and just the right amount of clothes. Not too less it’s a waste of resources, and not too much it’s overworking your machine. Overloading your washing machine can cause rinsing problems such as smelly clothes and soap streaks and residue.
The supply valves should be opened all the way to allow water to flow properly. The hoses should also be without any obstruction, make sure they’re not kinked or knotted. The drain hose is also something that you should check. Make sure there’s no blockage otherwise dirty water could go back up and stay in the drum. Before running a cycle, ensure that water is properly drained and that the drum is empty after each wash.
- Check the fittings
If water is leaking from your washing machine, it’s usually from faulty fittings or oversudsing. Check if your fittings are properly connected to the hose and faucet at the back of the washing machine. To prevent flooding when your supply hoses burst, use high-quality no-burst hoses and valves with lever shutters. Check your hoses for any signs of wear and tear, especially leaks. If it seems loose, you can tighten them as needed, or replace them for good. Also, before working on the hoses and fittings, make sure to turn off your water source to avoid any mess.
- Know who to contact
When all else fails, make sure you know who to call. Have your washing machine’s supplier contact number handy in case you need to get it serviced. If it’s still under warranty period, you can have it serviced or even replaced for free. Knowing how to troubleshoot your washing machine and make preventive maintenance checks is important. But if you’re unsure about how to work on it on a deeper level, leave it to the experts to avoid tampering your warranty also.