Some washing machine problems can be solved very easily using just a few tools or even just tightening a certain hose. While other problems may require the presence of a professional.
Washing machines also have a very varied design and types, but in general they have some of the same problems that often occur. Below are some of the common washing machine problems, let’s take a look at each problem and its solution one by one.
1. Washing Machine Won’t Turn On
There are many factors that can cause the washing machine to not start. So, start by checking the main power switch, maybe the power socket in your house is broken.
If this doesn’t help, check to see if the washer’s door hinges are working properly if you have a front loading washing machine. Because the washing machine door hinges work similarly to a refrigerator door.
In some cases, the main power switch or the control module PCB (printed circuit board) of the washing machine stops working. If you do not have previous experience working with electronic boards and high-voltage electricity, it is better to contact a repair professional to have the washing machine checked.
2. Noisy Washing Machine
Objects tucked between the sink and the driving machine can also be a cause of noise, things like coins or other hard debris are very common snagging and can cause damage to the machine and clothing.
Clean your washing machine of objects that could potentially get stuck in it. Also make sure you check all the pockets before putting them in the washing machine.
A damaged washer bearing can cause a loud noise when started. Operating the washing machine with the wrong bearing can cause fatal damage. This can be corrected by lubricating the bearing with oil or by replacing it.
3. Excessive Vibration During Operation
The most common reason for this problem is an unbalanced washing machine seat. Make sure the washing machine is placed on a completely horizontal surface.
In some cases, the body becomes unbalanced due to wear of the suspension system. Make sure you don’t overload the engine too full and heavy to prevent the suspension mechanism from dropping.
4. Washing Machine Makes Strange Sounds
If your washing machine makes strange noises when draining or won’t drain at all, the drain line may be damaged or clogged. Blockages in the pump can occur due to the buildup of lint and dirt.
Simply cleaning the pump and connected hoses can solve this problem. It is recommended to hire a repair expert for this task as it will require disassembling the washing machine components.
5. Washing Machine Doesn’t Spin
The swivel mechanism and the drainage system are both interconnected. So the drainage system doesn’t work, then the engine won’t spin either.
The pump filter may be clogged or the hose from the sump to the pump may be clogged. There are also cases where the belt from the motor to the body breaks or comes loose.
6. Water Seeps from the Soap Drawer
There are many possibilities for this problem. Could be because:
- Water pressure is too strong
- Insoluble detergent buildup
- Drain pipe clogged
- Overfilling the sink
- Too much foam and power surges can cause the motor to spin out of control
Fixing this problem is quite simple and only takes a few minutes, but requires assistance from a washing machine technician.
7. Washing Machine Not Continuing to Next Cycle
In single-tub (automatic) washing machines, the most likely reason why your washing machine is not progressing to the next cycle is a faulty timer.
The timer controls each step of the cycle, moving the process from washing to rinsing, and then spinning. So, if the timer breaks, the cycle cannot run automatically. You can buy a timer at an electronics supply store.
The good news is that you can easily replace it yourself or hire a technician to do it for you. Make sure you buy a timer that is compatible with your model of washing machine.
Another possible cause is the door latch or interlock. The interlock on the door hinge is activated when the door is securely closed with a latch. This lets the machine know that it is safe to start the wash or continue to the next cycle during the wash. If this breaks, the machine won’t know when it’s ready to continue.
If the drain is damaged and cannot drain water or cannot notify the washing machine that the drainage process is complete, then the machine cannot continue to the next cycle.
8. Washing Machine Smell
You spend so much time using your washing machine to clean your clothes. To the point of forgetting that the washing machine also needs to be washed from time to time. The smell could come from a dirty door seal or a tub full of mold or a dirty detergent drawer.
The first thing to check is the filter and drain hose for blockages. Before checking the drain hose, grab a bucket as there may be a jet of water when you remove it. Check the hose and clean it of any debris that could clog it.
9. Washing Machine Gives Out Burning Smell
A burning smell emanating from your washing machine can indicate a potentially dangerous situation. Immediately turn off the machine and unplug it from any power.
Burnt odors can be caused by a faulty drive belt or a faulty motor, but it’s important not to attempt to repair the engine yourself unless you’re qualified as a technician. It is better for you to call a professional to solve the problem.