5 Common Washing Machine Problems

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At some point in our lives, some of us will experience a problem with our washing machines. However many of these problems can be easily resolved by trying a few simple trouble-shooting solutions and having the basic knowledge on how to repair your domestic appliances. Here at Mix Repairs, we are aware that a small fault could potentially ruin your clothes and wreck a pricey laundry appliance.

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To prevent this from happening to you, we have compiled a list of the 5 most common washing machine problems and a few self-help tips which could save you time, money and stress.

The washing machine won’t turn onNew Washing Machine icon

Trouble-shooting tips:

  • Check that the washing machine is plugged in and switched on at the mains wall. Try another power socket to be sure.
  • Make sure the plastic coating on the washing machine’s main power cable is not scratched or exposing any wires. If this happens, then the electric current will be obstructed causing loss of power.
  • Check that there has not been a power failure at your home address.
  • Turn the power off to reset the machine and wait at least 60 seconds before turning it back on again.

The washing machine stops working mid-cycle

Trouble-shooting tips:

  • Check for an error message on the machine’s front screen panel. If there is an error message then call for technical support from the manufacturer, which can be found in the machine’s instruction manual.
  • It may mean that your timer malfunctioned or stalled. You can take the control panel off and look inside for scorching or corrosion.
  • The cycle may have been paused. If this happens, the ‘Start/Pause’ button will be flashing or lit up. Just press it again to get the machine up and running again.
  • A build-up of detergent suds can cause this problem. Check that you are using a front- loader-specific detergent. The wash cycle will restart when the suds have dissolved.

The washing machine isn’t draining

Trouble-shooting tips:

  • Check the drainage hose for any kinks. The lint filter or drain hose may also be blocked so make sure they are clear.
  • Always ensure that the drainage hose is above the level of water in the drain tub. The drainage hose should not be more than 1200mm above floor level. If it is, lower it and try another cycle.
  • For most standard washing machines, the pump may be blocked or jammed. Drain out the tub and remove the hoses. If this doesn’t work then you may need to replace it completely.

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The washing machine is producing smelly odours

With all the dust and muck that it has to clean, washing machines do get dirty and mouldy. This, in turn, produces some horrible odours in your clothes.

Trouble-shooting tips:

  • Clean the washing machine by running a cycle while the machine is empty. This allows the water and cleaning solution to run through the most difficult of spaces.
  • Bleach is a strong and powerful sanitiser, as well as removing stain-causing rust.
  • Use de-scaler or soda crystals to remove limescale residue. However be very careful with the amount you use.
  • Use a cup of vinegar mixed with a cup of fresh lemon or lime juice to sanitise and get rid of any awful smells.

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Laundry is still dirty at the end of the cycle

Trouble-shooting tips:

  • Check that you’re using the correct wash cycle for your laundry.
  • Check you’re using the correct amount of detergent for the level of soiling and the hardness of the water.
  • Try not to overfill the washing machine.
5 Common Washing Machine Problems was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by Mix Repairs