Sloshing in too much detergent, leaky appliances, and backed up hoses are just some quite common washing machine problems.
While you can always limit how much detergent you use, other problems may not have such easy fixes. And then there are the ones that there are no two ways about because only a professional can diagnose – and repair – them.
So, today, we’ll go over the ones that you can fix with a bit of tweaking:
Washers that refuse to drain!
If that’s the pickle you’re in, then you’re in good company. Many washing machine users go through the same thing. Usually, it happens due to a clogged up pump/drain hose, a broken one, or a malfunction of the washer’s drain/spin cycle.
Debris, like clothing or residual gunk, is behind the first one. Fixing this begins after you turn the appliance off. Then check for kinks or bends in the drain hose because they could be affecting the washer’s draining capabilities. If there aren’t any, remove the hose and rinse it. Should the water run out clean, a plumbing snake could dislodge whatever’s causing the blockage.
Often, both the snake and the rinse fail to remove the blockage. Try running the machine on its hottest cycle – minus the load. That should help the water run steadily through the hose again. Reattach it while checking the hose isn’t kinked/bent and doesn’t go in more than 12 cm into the drain hole.
For a damaged hose, you may have to get a replacement. Finally, correct the malfunction by reaching for the manual and matching the error codes given within!
Washers that don’t leave clothes squeaky clean
If even after confirming whether you use the right amount of soap in the load or not – you are – the clothes don’t come out so clean, the culprit could be the rinse water. Either it’s not going into the drum, or it isn’t draining properly.
Corrective measures include checking the drain hose for kinks. Also, check the water supply valves to determine they’re open all the way. Repeat the blockage-removal steps we mentioned above.
Additionally, just as your drain hose could be housing a blockage, so can the one supplying cold water to the machine. So, clean it in the same way.
Washers that won’t turn on
Several reasons may be causing your washing machine to behave that way when you try turning it on. Power, for instance, may not be coursing through it. So, check the outlet voltage with a multimeter first. If there isn’t a flow of electricity, you might have to go hunting for tripped circuit breakers.
Now, if it wasn’t the power, you might have an overheated motor on your heads. Normally, when that part overheats, it shuts off to cool down. There’s no cause for worrying if it just happens once or twice. But if that’s a regular thing occurrence every time you use the appliance, you may need to get a replacement motor. Look for online GE Appliance Parts sellers.
Since a washer will stop working when you open the lid, your problem could be with the lid switch. You’ll find a small plastic piece under the lid – that’s the switch. So, if it is broken, then the lid switch is causing the issue.
Besides lid switches, drain hoses, supply hoses, and power supply problems, there can also be timer knob issues. Its alignment with the control panel graphics is essential for the washer to run. Check it by advancing the timer and restarting the washer.
Washers that leak excessively
A functional machine cannot be one that leaks whenever you use it. That means the leakage is an indication of a problem. Most of the time, the size of the load can cause overflowing, which results in leakage. If it isn’t that, it could be a loose connection.
Other than that, older models also use the same amount of water regardless of the size of the load. Minimize the leakage by testing what size of load fits well in the washer. There should be room enough for the clothes to spin and turn.
Alternatively, you may need a replacement for a broken drain hose or to tighten one that has loosened up due to usage. Check if either’s the case. If even that isn’t the problem, then start saving for a new washer because a cracked tub may be causing the leak. Cracks in the tubs cannot be fixed; only a new machine will solve that problem.
So, there are various scenarios, but they all end up in the same place. You have a washing machine that isn’t cleaning your clothes the way you would like it to. Hence, determine if you can salvage it by getting new replacement parts or removing blockages. If those aren’t doing the trick, then get an expert’s opinion before you seal the washer’s fate!