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Most common washing machine problems.

Most common washing machine problems.

In our modern life’s we can’t imagine living without washer anymore. When washing machine stops working, we need to find a solution fast.

First of all check the power, it may seem obvious, but if the washer doesn’t do anything at all, there is a big chance that it’s a power problem. Make sure that the cord is plugged in, and the power outlet works. If the power is ok, and washer turns on, but multifunction then check below the list of washer’s most common problems.

The washer won’t spin?

If the washer will not spin there could be any number of problems such as: a broken wire a bad solenoid, bad lid switch, bad timer, bad clutch, loose belt, or other mechanical problem which will require help of professional appliance repairman.

The washer won’t agitate?

For problems with agitation it would be the same as above.

Dispensers won’t work?

If the dispensers will not work, then it could be a bad control or it may be plugged up with soap, fabric softener or something else. Most of the above examples you cannot repair yourself. Call a qualified appliance service and let them do it right. After you call for service, clean off the top of the washer and move everything away from the washer. Try to have a clean floor. Also, be sure to remove any water left in the washer. If it has to be moved it will not be too heavy for the service person to handle.

Helpful hints:

Are clothes tearing? Most washers will not tear clothing under normal circumstances. If you have a mechanical problem it could happen, but first look elsewhere. Most of us do not realize how old certain articles of clothing are. If something is tearing then grasp it at the tear, fingers on both sides of the tear and gently pull it. If it separates easily then it is old and the washer is not to blame. Every time bleach is used it weakens the material. Repeated washing also wear the material our and weaken it.

Detergents:

Most of us use too much detergent without realizing it. The purpose of detergents is to break down the surface tension of the water. A demonstration of this to flat a double edge razor blade on the surface of the water. If you want to try this, use a dish or a cup full of water. If can be done, honest. This is surface tension. But it cannot be done if you add detergent to the water first. The surface tension is gone.

So all it takes is to add enough detergent to break the surface tension so water will flow easily thought the material, carrying the dirt with it. There are additives in the detergent such as whiteners, perfumes, bleaches and softeners, but the detergent in the water does the actual work. So if a little is good, more is not necessarily better. Too much suds can also cause the pump to “suds lock” and stop pumping the water out of the machine.

If you think you are using too much detergent, there is a simple test you can do to determine this. Select some whites, such as socks, T-shirt and handkerchiefs, put them in the washer and begin filling with hot water. While it s filling pour in some powder water conditioner, usually about a cup and let washer run for about 10 minutes. If you get lots of suds you are definitely using too much detergent. The suds are the residues left on the clothing. If you get little or none then you are probably using the proper amount of detergent.

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Washing machine troubleshooting

Washing machine troubleshooting

Automatic washers are getting very advanced and are difficult to diagnose. Many of new washers have electronic controls that set water temperature, type of wash to be done, second rinse and more. However they all share the same problems. The most common problems are:

The Washer won’t pump out

First check for a kinked drain hose. The pump can’t force the water through a kink so it will stay in the tub. If the motor doesn’t start you may have a bad lid switch or other mechanical problems. If the motor runs and the drain is okay you cloud have a jammed pump or broker belt. For this type of problem you will need to call an appliance repair company as this one it difficult to repair yourself. Get here some tips how to choose right appliance repair service.

Washer shuts off:

Some water pumps out then washer stops. Some models have a cool-down during the permanent press cycle. Before the wash cycle is done, it will pump ort about half the water and then pause for a minute or two, then start filling with cold water. This is an automatic function and is normal.

Wet clothes:

Water in the bottom of the washer when it shuts off: check the drain in your sink. Does it drain very slowly? If it does, then look at the washer drain hose. If it extends to the bottom of the sink, the water can siphon through the hose back to the washer.  You will have to clean the drain or raise the end of the drain hose, so the end of it is not the water.

Water keeps running:

Again, check your drain hose. The end could be too low and cause the water to siphon out of the washer. Laying it on the floor can do the same thing. If you have a standpipe, the hose could be pushed too far down inside. Without an air break the water will siphon into the house plumbing. In both cases the water is entering the washer and emptying out at the same time.

Water enters very slow:

First, check the pressure in the other areas of the house to see if it’s also low. If it is then you can’t help the washer. If the pressure is normal every place else then you can check out the washer very easily. First, find the faucets where the full hoses are screwed on. Shut the water off and remove the hoses. Check the ends of the hoses for a screen. If it’s dirty clean it and replace the hose on the faucet. If you find no screens, take the other end of the hoses of the valve located on the washer and look inside. There you will find screens. Use a small rubber syringe and flush the screen with water.  If they do not come clean , then try a small brush. If you must remove the screens, be very careful. Because if you bend them they will not go back in straight. Be sure you mark the hoses and return them to the same place you removed them.

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