June 2, 2017

Washer Repair Tips and Recommendations

Though we all live in a time of progressive devices, gadgets and gizmos, it’s also pretty important to remember our basic conveniences, such as home appliances. All things considered, they are just as invaluable. After all, can you imagine storing your food anywhere else besides the fridge? Can you cook all your food properly without an oven? Will you be able to warm that food without a microwave? And, of course, do not forget about the washing machine – it’s also a pretty important home appliance.

With that said, regardless of how expensive and sophisticated your washing machine may really be, it may well begin to malfunction. And there are many reasons why problems may occur. Still, the issue is not always as dire as you may believe – in most cases, it has a pretty straightforward solution. If you have little to no idea about what you are doing, it is best to get in touch with a qualified and experienced technician as soon as possible. But if you decide to try and fix the problem on your own, do not forget all the necessary safety precautions. Below is a list of problems that you may be encountering and possible solutions that could help you deal with them properly:

The washing machine does not work at all:

  • All too often, the washing machine will not work simply because it is not attached to any power source. So you need to check all the wiring and see if there is a blown circuit. At times, you will be able to deal with the problem by simply fixing or replacing the wiring.
  • The lid switch, which is located near the washing machine’s door may be defective and is therefore causing a problem. You can simply replace the old switch with a new one.

The washing machine fills and drains simultaneously:

  • The drain hose may be the issue. It could be too low so your need to make sure that the drain hose is at least 3 feet above the ground.
  • Clogged water pump or drain line may also be causing the problem. There could be something stuck and clogging the pump, so simply cleaning it up will do the trick nicely.
  • If the problem was not caused by a clogged drain line, there is a pretty big chance that it was triggered by a broken water pump. You will need to make sure that the water pump is not damaged. If it is, simply replace it.

The washing machine is not draining:

  • A malfunctioning lid switch is very often the main reason why the washing machine is not draining at all. It can be a mechanical electrical issue. Either way, if it is causing the issue, you will probably need to replace it.
  • There may be something stuck in the drain pump or the hose. We are talking about small pieces of clothing or coins. If you plan to remove the clothes, be sure that you have some towels nearby, since all the water will be released from the washer and could easily ruin your floor.
  • The water pump belt may be causing the issue if the drain pump and the hose are fine. You may need to replace it to deal with the problem properly.
  • If the drive belt is also broken or damaged, the washer will not drain at all, so you will need to replace it with a new one.

Of course, the above-mentioned solutions are not definitive and, odds are, you will not know how to proceed to handle every issue. So, one way or the other, you will need to call a technician as soon as possible.

Vitaliy Lerman
Los Angeles Appliance Repair