In order to run an efficient household, you need to have a contingency plan in the event of a malfunction of your main appliances. For instance:
- What do you do if your washing machine starts misbehaving?
- Who are you going to call?
- Are you going to attempt a DIY repair?
- What if you need to buy a spare part?
- How do you budget this repair?
These are just some of the questions that you need to have a prepared answer to.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you make an attempt to replace the drum on your own. These are simply guides for resolving some of the most common washing machine issues and bringing your (almost functional) washing machine back to full speed.
1. Deep cleaning
Over the course of time, some of the residues from both clothes and water may stay in various parts of your washing machine. The most efficient way to notice this is to pay attention to your clothes. If it seems like they’re no longer as clean as they were, it might be due to the fact that the machine has gotten dirty on its own.
Now, for this to work, you might want to buy a washing machine cleaner and deep clean it. Get a strong one but avoid damaging metal and plastic parts. So, when buying, don’t go for the cheapest one but you don’t have to buy the most expensive option either.
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2. A part replacement
When it comes to the part replacement, it might not be for the best to do it on your own. Sure, you can order washing machine parts on your own to save money but it’s best to let the professional do the replacement. Now, some of you may ask – why not let them do everything on their own? The answer is – because this is most likely the way in which you’ll end up paying the most. In fact, the way in which the majority of repairmen scam their clients is by overcharging for the spare part. Some even use a used (repaired) part they have in the storage and charge for it as if it were new.
3. Check why it’s not starting
While this may sound over simplistic or even outright insulting, the reason why your washing machine won’t start may be completely banal. For instance, someone might have plugged it out and you (assuming that it’s exactly as you left it) failed to check if it’s plugged, to begin with. The switch in the breaker box might have gone off and all it takes is switching it back on. Next, modern washing machines are programmed not to start until the doors are sealed. So, check if they might be a bit lost.
4. What causes loud noises?
One of the most terrifying washing machine problems is a situation in which your washing machine keeps producing loud noises. Now, this sometimes happens due to it not being loaded properly but the main reason might be even more serious. For instance, you might have left something in the pocket, something that’s now hitting and scratching the sides of the washing machine. Even a button, a coin, or a tiny toy can cause this.
5. Fixing a leak
If there’s a puddle in front of a washing machine, your first objective is to determine what kind of a puddle we’re talking about. For instance, a water puddle and a soapy puddle are not one and the same thing. A water puddle indicates that the leak is coming from a washing machine hose. On the other hand, a front-loading machine might be overflowing which caused a soapy puddle to form in front of it. The key thing here is a proper use of a detergent (high efficiency is always your safest bet).
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6. Clothes are too wet
In a scenario where your clothes are too wet (even after a final spin cycle), it’s essential that you check if the drain hose is perhaps kinked or crushed. If that’s the case, it’s quite possible that a small object (like the one we mentioned in the loud noises segment) has clogged the water pump.
When the pump doesn’t work freely, water won’t get drained properly, which will leave your clothes a lot wetter. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a complete clog. As long as it can slow down the draining, this is enough damage. Fortunately, this can be cleaned with a thing long-handled brush.
As you can see, your washing machine doesn’t have to be fully broken in order to misbehave. Sometimes, a breaker might be off, a hose misaligned, or the drum door might not be shut properly. The key thing is that you know a quick fix to these solutions. Not knowing these would result in the equivalent of waiting for an electrician because your light bulb is out.