Knowing how to troubleshoot common washing problems is essential if you are to have a degree of autonomy at home and save money. A washer is one of the most indispensable machines in your abode making it a problem when it breaks down. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 97% of households in Australia own a washing machine with the average loads per week ranging from 5 to 6. The washing machine is, indeed, a workhorse such that when it stops working, you get flustered wondering how you can deal with the dirty laundry. To help you cope with your machines, here are some common problems you should be aware of and how to deal with them on your own.
Machine Won’t Start
When your appliance does not start, you immediately expect the worst. Don’t. Check first if your circuit breaker is working and verify that your machine receives electricity. Test if the outlet where your washer is connected works. A half-closed door will also prevent the machine from starting so make sure to shut it completely.
In addition, an overheated motor may be responsible as well for an unresponsive machine. Wait a few minutes then plug the machine again. If it still does not work, you need to get a qualified electrician to look at your problem.
Clothes Are Still Wet
Another common washer problem that owners encounter is that clothes are still wet when you take them out of the machine. This depends on the spin settings that you chose and the type of fabrics that you are washing. For example, wools and delicate clothing need to be spun gently so they will come out damp after the cycle is completed. You can always spin the clothes again at a higher setting once they are done for drier garments.
Clogged hoses, obstructions or incorrect loads of clothes are other reasons why the spin cycle does not work properly. You can check for kinked or bent hoses and look for coins, buttons or anything that causes blockages in the drain hose. Make sure that you are not overloading the drum that can cause it to run improperly. Furthermore, use only the recommended amount of detergent and fabric softener when running the machine.
There are also times when you might find water leaking from the bottom of your machine. When this happens, check that your drain hoses are not clogged and are attached properly. Obstructions in the hoses can also cause the leak as well as an improperly balanced load. Correct the imbalance by adding, removing or shifting clothes around.
You might also find a strange odour wafting from your machine. This can be caused by excessive detergent or fabric conditioner use. This can easily be rectified by maintaining your machines properly. There are special products that you can use to clean your machine at least once a month. Other brands of washers also recommend that you run your machines at 60°C or 90 °C without clothes after 10 washes to remove residues that accumulate inside the machine.
At the end of the day, preventive maintenance including cleaning the machine and checking that parts are not worn out such as hoses or pumps can help extend the life of your washer. Washer problems are common, but not completely unexpected. If you learn to check for causes of problems and can troubleshoot before calling in technicians, it will save you money, prolong your machine’s life and lessen your carbon footprint.