Your washing machine won’t work well all the time. Sooner or later, it will break down. As early as possible, anticipate problems and try to deflect these problems or slow down your washer’s impending deterioration.
The following are some useful tips that can help you fix your wonky washing machine:
1. If your washer does not start
If your washer is not beeping or starting no matter what you do, you might want to check out its connection to the electrical outlet first. If you do not unplug the washer, it might get affected during thunder storms. Also check the fuse box to make sure that it is running perfectly.
More modern washers will not function correctly when the washer drum does not close perfectly. Make sure it clicks in place if you close it. Try checking the door switch if it is still working perfectly.
2. If your washer is not agitating or spinning
The problem is most likely in the belt of the washer. Open the back panel of the washer or where the motor is located. Check the belt. If there are signs of wear and tear, you might have to buy a new belt to replace the old one. If the belt still looks good, try adjusting it. Loop it around the motor correctly. Do not tightly or loosely wrap it around as this might prevent the drum from spinning or agitating.
3. If your washer is making a lot of noise when spinning.
Always check the balance of loads. Make sure you did not overpopulate the washer drum. Even out loads, especially if you are washing thick garments. Also check the platform where your washer is standing on and make sure it is even. If the washer drum is not even, it will not work in spinning clothes quietly.
Also check the washer for loose objects. If a clothes button came off or if loose coins drop into the drum, they will surely rattle and make a lot of noise when the machine is in the spin cycle.
4. If your washer is starting to smell funky.
Washer odor is most likely caused by the dirt, detergent residues, molds and hard minerals inside it. If your frequently washing very dirty garments and using lots of detergent to clean them, expect your washer to smell bad after a week.
One way to prevent this from happening is by regularly running an empty water cycle and adding a cup of distilled white vinegar. This will help loosen up debris and dirt inside so you can wash them off easily.