How To Fix It?
At one point in time, doing a load of laundry meant breaking out your washing rack, a bar of soap, and wash-drum for a few hours of serious elbow grease. When the electric washing machine was invented in the early 20th century, we thankfully left the handwashing behind in favour of more convenient solutions. However, if you’re experiencing issues with your washing machine, you may find laundry day looking more and more like something out of a history book.
There are a multitude of possible issues you could be facing with your washing and drying machines. What these problems share in common, though, is how frustrating it can be to realize it’s not working properly.
Common washing machine problems
Washer on the fritz? There’s a number of things that could be going wrong, and often it will take an experienced repair technician to properly identify what’s causing the issue. However, some of the most common washing machine problems to be on the lookout for include:
- Water isn’t draining from the drum
A major problem for more than one reason, a washing machine draining too slowly or not at all is a good reason to call a professional. If your machine is front-loading, you may not even be able to open it without dumping water all over your floor, resigning the garments inside to a watery grave. Any drainage issue in your washing machine will usually point to a problem with your drain pump, which is responsible for emptying the drum during the cycle. A drain pump will stop working over time due to wear and tear, or if hard objects are left to rattle around inside the drum during a cycle.
- Washer won’t start, or suddenly stops mid-cycle
A particularly frustrating washing machine problem is when the cycle won’t begin, or else ends prematurely. There are a few reasons that your machine might be having this issue, but often the cause is a faulty lid or door switch. This switch is a safety mechanism designed to stop the machine from running when the lid isn’t secured. This is a good fail-safe to have, of course, but it’s not quite as handy when it stops your wash cycle just fifteen minutes in. Over time, a lid switch will become worn out and damaged, and it will often have to be replaced by a technician.
- Water isn’t entering the drum to begin with
Again, this is typically a sign of a problem with your drain pump. It may simply be breaking down due to old age, or damaged by something left inside the machine. So, make sure to check your child’s pockets for any rock collections! Any hard object left inside the drum has the chance to damage the internal parts of your machine, including the connection between the drain hose and drain pump.
One other possible reason for water not entering the washer is a problem with the water inlet valve. This bit of hardware regulates the water, both hot and cold, that enters the basin of your unit. If this valuable part of your washing machine has been damaged, then it’s irreparable; cleaning it will not help either. A replacement will need to be installed in order to fix this problem. The actual replacement is quite straightforward, but you’ll need to be sure you’re getting the right component for your make and model of washing machine. Likewise, the procedure for replacing a water inlet valve changes depending on the appliance, so we recommend consulting a technician for this repair to ensure a smooth fix.
- Washer is making weird noises, or vibrating unusually during its cycle
If your machine is making strange sounds during a cycle or seems to be vibrating the whole house when it’s on, your tub bearings may need to be replaced. These bearings will usually become worn out due to a failing seal on your machine, allowing them contact with water. Typically, when experiencing strange washing machine noises and vibrations, a technician will need to replace your tub bearings as well as your washer seals.
- The interior basket is spinning slowly or not at all
In our experience, this problem is usually accompanied by a strange rattling from the base of the spinning basket. This is normally caused by a faulty motor coupler, which will usually need to be replaced. The most common reason for a failing coupler is frequent overloading of your washing machine, which puts added stress on the motor.
Getting Back On Track With Starfix
Although these are some of the most common washing machine problems we encounter, the technicians at Starfix have truly seen it all. All across the Lower Mainland, our experts have been able to diagnose and repair all manner of home appliance breakdowns. In our years serving the city with high-quality appliance repair, we’ve been able to diagnose, service, and repair appliances from a number of brands, including:
- Fisher & Paykel
No matter the type of appliance you’re looking to get serviced, Starfix has got you covered. If you’re encountering any of these washing machine troubles, or have other questions about keeping your washer, dryer, or any other home appliance in tip-top shape, look no further than Starfix. Our technicians are prompt, professional, and get the job done right every time.
Ready to get your machinery back online, and take laundry day out of the dark ages? Give Starfix a call today!