You depend on your washer to keep your clothing clean, so any type of a breakdown or malfunction can cause a lot of disruption. Below are four common washing machine problems and how you can resolve them.
1. excessive vibration
If your washing machine is vibrating excessively, then it may not be level. Washing machines must be installed as close to level as possible; otherwise, the uneven distribution of forces experienced during spinning will cause it to become unbalanced.
Fortunately, leveling your washing machine is not a difficult task, especially if you have assistance. Begin by placing a carpenter's level across the top of the machine and checking for any sloping that might be present.
Next, adjust the front legs on the washer by rotating them in or out until the washer is level from side to side. Be sure to also check that the washer is level from front to back; many machines have self-adjusting rear legs that will automatically level themselves by lifting the back of the unit and setting it down again.
Once the legs are adjusted and the washer is level again, you should lock the legs into position by tightening their locking nuts. This measure will prevent the machine from becoming unlevel again.
2. water on floor
Another problem you may encounter with your washing machine is the unexpected presence of water on the floor. There are several possible causes of leaks, so you will need to investigate to find the source.
One such cause is a crack or defect in the water supply hoses. These hoses are under significant internal pressure, and they can crack or split over time. If you find that either hose is leaking, bulging or cracking, they must be replaced immediately. Otherwise, you run the risk of a hose bursting and flooding your laundry room or even your home.
Another cause for leaks are defects in the water pump. For example seals inside the pumps may fail and permit water to escape. If you find water dripping from the pump, then contact a repair technician for assistance in replacing or repairing the pump.
3. machine that doesn't begin cycle or agitate
It's fairly common for a washing machine to not start its cycle or agitate. In many cases, this problem is due to a failed washer door or lid switch. This switch is designed to prevent injuries or water from splashing.
Replacement of the door or lid switch is usually fairly inexpensive and simple, and many handy owners can perform the job themselves with the aid of a parts guide. However, if you have doubts about your ability to do the job, be sure to contact a qualified professional for help.
Other causes of a failure to cycle or agitate include defective control boards or timer problems. These types of repairs are best left to a technician, especially if they involve electrical components that can be easily damaged.
4. Foul OdOrs
Washing machines are prone to develop smells if they aren't periodically cleaned. This can be a significant problem with front-loading washers that use rubber gaskets to seal door openings. These gaskets contain spaces that fill with water and permit bacterial or fungal growth to occur. This growth can create odors that permeate your home or even your clothing.
The best way to eliminate the smell is to periodically run a hot-water sanitizing cycle. Most front-loading washers are equipped with this cycle option, and the hot water generated is usually sufficient to kill bacteria or mold.
If you have questions about your washing machine or any other appliance, be sure to contact A1 Professional Appliance for assistance. Their team of professionals will diagnose and repair problems with your appliances and provide friendly, prompt service all the while.