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.
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.
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.