Something I wish was obvious to everyone, but apparently isn’t. A whole two people I know had their washing machines break down this week, and the week isn’t over yet.
This is for all’ya folks who don’t know the obvious signs of a broken washing machine.
We can all agree that the washing machine is one appliance that would be a nightmare to do without. Who’s willing to lug clothes to the laundromat every week? Or get stuck hand washing voluminous sheets and rough, heavy denim? It always pays to be on the lookout for any indication of trouble to anticipate the problem early on. Watch out for these four clear signs that you need to get your washing machine repaired.
A leak is never a good sign. A washing machine should not be leaking as that small drip can turn into a serious flooding problem if not checked.
It might be as simple as having put too much detergent. This could have produced excessive bubbles causing laundry water to overflow. But if you’ve checked and it’s nothing like that, then there may be an underlying problem.
While the machine is in use, check where the leak is coming from. It may be as simple as a damaged hose or a loose connection that you can easily remedy. Ascertain if it’s still leaking even while turned off. If it is, especially if the leak is big enough to create a puddle, then it’s best to call an appliance repairman.
It’s making strange and loud noises
Sure, washing machines are not exactly silent appliances. But neither should they be whining, grinding and making loud banging noises.
This may simply be remedied by rearranging clothes to balance the tub or making sure that the unit is properly leveled on the ground. It may also just be a shirt accessory or belt with the metal part scraping on the walls.
If it’s none of these, it’s time to ask for professional help.
Washed clothes are still dripping wet
Excess water should already be spun out of your clothes after the load has been run through the machine. The water should be all drained out too. While transferring the clothes to the dryer, if you notice that they’re still dripping wet, or if slight squeezing or wringing produces water, then something’s not right.
The first thing to do is to check the pump. It may just be blocked by a straggler piece of clothing. If you have an older unit, the hose may have to be replaced.
Check beneath and if you see a small pool, it would be best to leave the machine alone for a while and set up an appointment with your appliance repair company. They will check the internal pumps and test the controls. If necessary, they will also inspect the motor and the machine’s drive belt.
The drum isn’t filling up with water
If it’s not excess of water, it’s a lack of water. If the drum isn’t filling up to the amount of water needed, then there’s an issue. No one will be able to get some laundry done if the machine can’t even fill the water up enough to soak clothes.
It may be tempting to check the machine yourself. And by all means, if it’s just a twisted hose or your water supply, solve away. But there are numerous potential issues in this case and there might not be an easy fix. It’s better to just leave it to more capable—and professional—hands, for diagnosis and repair.