Common Washing Machine Problems and Ways to Fix Them

Posted on Jan 15 2014 - 8:56am by Cathy Brunetti

commercial laundry equipmet servicesWhether you’re the laundry supervisor of a hotel or hospital, or an owner of a laundromat, properly working laundry equipment is important in your job or business. Well maintained washers and dryers provide hotels and hospitals with clean linen. It also ensures the continuous operation of a laundromat business. When you notice a problem with your washer, you can try fixing it yourself or call a commercial laundry equipment service company for repair.

Here are some common problems with washing machines:

Water Doesn’t Fill the Drum

There are many possible reasons the water isn’t filling up. These include a kink in the hose, clogged filter or water intake valve, or delayed cycle selection. It could also be that the hot and cold water faucet isn’t turned on. Check the hose, faucet, or filter to fix the issue. Hire a professional laundry equipment repair company if this doesn’t correct the problem.

The Machine Won’t Spin

There could be a problem with the lid switch, timer, drive belt, or transmission if it’s not spinning. Most of the time, though, loose or broken belt is the culprit. When the belt becomes loose, you can hear the motor running even if the machine’s drum isn’t spinning. You need to change the belt to fix the problem. Another possible cause is heavy laundry load. Take some of the clothes out and try spinning the machine again with a lighter load.

The Washer Makes Excessive Noise

Something may be stuck in the drum when your washing machine is making excessive noise, like a coin or a bra wire. Some machines have removable paddles, allowing you to remove foreign objects. If your washer doesn’t have one, you can remove the item through the heater hole or hose hole. Another cause of the problem is loose bearing. Tighten the bearings using screw drivers or call a professional for help.

Water Remains in the Drum

Check the drainage hose to ensure it’s not clogged. If there’s no problem with the hose, it’s probably the pump that’s clogged. Check the unit for any obstructions. You will see the pump on the side of the motor. Place a towel under the unit to catch any water. Using a screwdriver, pry off the clips holding the pump to inspect the unit.

Proper care and usage is important to avoid costly repairs and prolong the life of your washer.