When it comes to laundry day, chances are you don't have a washboard and wringer, lye soap, clothespins and a clothes line just lying about-not to mention a river, stream or pond nearby. In a post-technology world, the washing machine has become one of the most important home appliances. They help keep us neat, clean and looking our best, and the slightest malfunction can threaten even the strongest fashion sense. Keep your laundry days filled with suds and laughter with these washing machine troubleshooting tips:
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Machine won't start
Check the usual suspects: Power cords and electrical outlets, and be sure the machineâs lid is tightly closed.
Tub doesn't fill with water; water drains slowly or water is the wrong temperature
The machine water inlet valves may be faulty. Easy to locate, repair or replace, the valve assembly is located behind the machineâs back service panel. Remove cold and hot-water hose valves and disconnect wires from the terminal. Check for broken valves or clogged valve screens. Clean or repair valves as necessary.
Also, check that water supply hoses are free of blockages and kinks.
Spin cycle doesn't work
If your top-loading washer doesn't spin properly, it probably needs a new belt. Other culprits include a faulty drive block (located under the agitator), motor coupling, drive motor or tub bearing, to name just a few. Check the ownerâs manual for model specific instruction for repairs.
Electrical issues can also cause spin cycle failure: Check the door lock motor and switch assembly as well as the motor control board.
Machine shakes or vibrates
Some vibration is normal, but vigorous shaking may signal a problem. First, make sure the machine is level, including an inspection or adjustment of rubber tips on all feet. Next, adjust the load if clothing is gathered to one side. Sudden stops after vibrating can also be caused by a broken motor belt. Also, visually inspect the agitator (a center-post, finned part that sits in the center of the tub) for cracks.
If the machine still shakes or vibrates while running an empty cycle, contact your service technician.
Check hose fittings at the back of the machine. Look for worn hoses or loose hose clamps or couplings. Also, check for faulty tub seals and bearings. Leaks may also be caused by oversudsing. Counter this with a low-sudsing detergent variety or by adding 1/2 cup of vinegar diluted in 1 quart of water into the current wash cycle.
On top of all these tips, remember to keep your washing machine clean.
Lastly, always disconnect your washing machine grounding wire and water hoses before attempting repairs. Consult the owner's manual or contact an appliance repair technician for model specific information and more complex repairs.
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