Repairing a Broken Washing Machine

A broken washing machine can be a minor disaster if you're out of clean clothes and the work week is about to begin. While owning a condominium gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom, it also means you're responsible for having your washing machine and other appliances fixed when they're broken. In many cases, you can fix your own washing machine yourself with a few simple techniques to help ease the strain on the household budget plan. Consult the owner's manual for your washing machine for an illustration of the parts in your machine and specific trouble shooting tips for your make and model.

Today's new washing machines may be more complicated than their older counterparts. With digital temperature settings, complex programming and LCD displays, repairing your own washer may be intimidating. If your machine is still under warranty, your manufacturer may cover the cost of repairs. Contact the manufacturer to find an authorized repair service in your area if your washer is defective and it's still covered by a manufacturer's guarantee.

Problems with Filling and Draining

Washing machines go through several basic cycles, which may vary slightly from one machine to another. Your clothes must be rinsed, washed and spun in order to be completely clean and dry enough to transfer them to the dryer. If the machine doesn't fill with water, your clothes won't get clean. On the other hand, opening up your washer to find a machine filled with water and soaking wet clothes can also be a nightmare.

If your washing machine won't fill properly, water may not be reaching the machine. Check the hose connected to your washer to make sure that water is coming through the hose. If water is coming through the hose, there may be a problem with the water inlet valve, the mechanism that attaches the hose to the washer. The water inlet valve may need to be cleaned so that the machine an fill properly. If the machine isn't filling at all and the water inlet valve isn't making any noise when the machine is operating, it may need to be replaced.

Failure to drain is a common problem with washing machines. In order to wash effectively, the machine must spin the basket and pump the water out of the machine. If the drum is spinning but the water isn't draining, the drain may be clogged or the pump may be broken. The drain can be clogged by pieces of clothing, lint or other materials. If the machine is pumping water but isn't spinning, a belt, pulley or motor coupler may need to be replaced. Contact your manufacturer or visit a local authorized dealer for spare parts.

Problems with Water Temperature

Many washing machines only use hot water during specific cycles, but if the water never gets hot, you may have a problem with the machine or with the settings on the washer's control panel. First check the hot water supply to make sure your water heater is functioning. If you have hot water throughout the house, check the settings on your washing machine, then check the water hoses to make sure the water inlet valves are clean and functional. If the valve isn't functioning, it may need to be replaced. Follow the same steps if your washing machine isn't supplying cold water.

Repairing a broken washing machine doesn't have to be a complicated process. Internet technology has made it easy to shop for replacement parts for washing machines and to find illustrated diagrams of the make and model you own. Before you buy any parts or attempt to fix the machine, check your warranty to see if the manufacturer might cover the repair.

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