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6 Common Problems With Washing Machines And How To Solve Them

Date January 17, 2018 13:30

These are 6 common problems that may occur with a washing machine and some possible solutions to save your time, effort, and money.

The door of the washing machine doesn't open

This is a frequent problem with front-loading washing machines since top-loading machines don't get blocked when filled with water.

Front-loaders, however, must remain firmly closed and sealed during the washing cycle to avoid leaking.

However, sometimes, things can go wrong, and the door remains blocked even after the cycle has finished. There are some possible reasons for this:

  1. The locking mechanism could have become stuck.
  2. There could have been a technical problem with the washing machine's digital cycle.
  3. It's possible that the washing machine isn't draining the water correctly, which prevents the door from opening.

Since there may be several causes, there are also several possible solutions:

If you think it could be a digital problem, use the old technological trick, “Have you tried turning it off and then turning it on again?”. With a little luck, the restart should remove any complication that could have confused the computer executing the washing program.

If you think the problem is that the clothes have clogged up the door, you can configure the machine to execute a short cycle. This should move the clothes and, if you're lucky, unclog them from the door. Of course, your clothes will wash twice, but as long as you're not washing delicate clothing or using a hot water cycle, you're unlikely to damage your clothes.

If it seems that the machine isn't draining, it may be time to check to see if the drainage hose is blocked.

Sometimes, it's also possible to manually manipulate the door blocking mechanism. However, since this requires disconnecting the machine from the power, this is best left to a qualified technician.

If all above mentioned tips fail, contact the manufacturer. They can give you advice and, if your machine has a guarantee, ask for a technician to come and inspect it.

Using the incorrect detergent

In this case, there are two possible scenarios: Having used detergent for front-loading washers in a top-loading machine or vice versa.

In the first case, there's nothing to worry about. Front-loading detergent may simply cause the clothes to not wash properly.

As for the other case, top-loading detergent is designed to form a foam since there is generally enough space for the foam to expand and soak the clothes.

However, this isn't the case for front-loading washing machines, which have to make efficient use of their limited space, leaving no room for foam. Using top-loading detergent can cause the internal pressure to build up until the door explodes.

If this happens, stop the cycle as soon as possible and turn off the machine. The door won't open until the inside has no more water, so make sure to drain it well. If, for some reason, it isn't possible to stop and drain the machine, see if you can at least change it to a shorter cycle to minimize the build up of foam.

I forgot my cell phone in the pocket of my pants, which I just put to wash!

It may sound like a bad joke, but we've all forgot things in our pockets before.

For a top-loading washing machine, there's no big problem. Just open the lid and take it out before the phone gets ruined.

But in the case of a front-loading washing machine, it's necessary to unblock the door and that won't happen until the end of the washing cycle. It's best to stop it as soon as possible and drain the water so that you can open the door.

There's a short circuit every time you turn on the washing machine

Unfortunately, this is a problem with many possible causes. Perhaps, there's a failure with the motor, or there's a leak and the water is breaching the electrical circuit. If the machine is still under warranty, you should get the manufacturer to fix the problem for you. Perhaps, the motor overheats when the machine is overloaded.

If problems persist, consider investing in a surge protector.

The washing machine bounces around

Have you ever left your clothes to wash and when finished, you find the washing machine has moved during the cycle. Why?

Check that the washing machine is on level ground. Make sure that all four corners are placed on a flat surface: You can make adjustments if not.

You can also place the machine on something such as a towel or yoga mat: The elastic surface should help absorb some of the force and prevent the machine from moving around.

On the other hand, it's also possible to rearrange the clothes inside the washing machine: Pause the cycle if necessary and spread the clothes around the drum, distributing heavy items such as towels more evenly.

The washing machine stinks!

Yes, washing machines can get dirty and moldy, which can leave your clothes smelling filthy.

The easiest solution is to clean the washing machine by executing a cycle while the machine is empty, allowing the water and detergent to reach all the nooks and crevices. For more effectiveness, add bleach, a mixture of vinegar with water (3 cups for every 1 of water), or 1 cup of lemon juice.

Source: Good House Keeping, Conversation Which, Appliances Online

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