Five Signs Your Washing Machine May Need To Be Repaired

25 August 2015
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Your washer is a major appliance built to last, but like any type of machinery, parts wear down or become defective over time, especially with heavy usage. Although some issues may be easily rectified yourself, others may warrant a service call to a qualified technician. Here are five indicators of potential trouble that could require professional appliance repair service:

1. The Water Pressure is Very Low

Is the water pressure coming from your washer extremely low? This may be due to a clogged filter screen or a defective inlet valve. The filter screen connected to the water hose ensnares the debris before it has a chance to enter the machine's interior. If the debris is not cleared away, it may prevent the water from flowing from the water supply and into your washer.

Because of the risk of electrical shock, safety precautions must be taken before attempting to clean or change the water hose filter screen. A technician will disconnect the power supply before removing the screen. In addition, he or she may mark the panel to be worked on, so the power is not inadvertently restored while work is being done.

The inlet valve which connects water supply from your home to the washing machine may be damaged or in need of replacement. This is best left to a professional, as the valve contains a non-replaceable filter screen. If the filter screen is missing or damaged, the entire valve will need to be replaced.

2. Your Washing Machine Will Not Spin

This may be another sign that your washer is in need of repair. If your washer fails to spin, it may be due to a defective lid switch assembly. As a safety precaution, the switch will disengage the spin function whenever the lid has been opened. This switch will also allow the washer to spin as the lid is closed. If the switch assembly is malfunctioning, a service technician may repair or replace it.

Another reason your washer may fail to spin is because the door is not shut tight. The latch may be broken and need to be repaired or replaced. This is another service your repairman may offer.

3. The Washer Is Very Noisy While In Use

If your washer is producing an unusually loud noise while in use, there may be a problem with the water pump. The pump is a necessary part that spins water through the machine and also draws it out during spins cycles. If the water pump is torn or obstructed, you may hear a loud noise as the pump strains to recirculate or drain the water.

Your service technician may inspect the pump for obstruction and also cheek the belt drive (if the pump is belt driven). If the belt is broken, it will need to be replaced as it is needed for the pump to function properly and quietly.

4. A Leak Has Been Found Near the Machine

Have you noticed water leaking from the machine? If so, this is a sign that repair work is needed. The washer may be leaking for a few reasons.

If your washer is a front-loader, the seal may have been ruptured, causing water leakage. Seals that become worn after prolonged and heavy usage may need to be replaced by a professional. A torn water pump may also cause water to leak from the machine.

5. Clothing Becomes Torn in the Wash 

Does your washing machine shred your clothing? If so, take this as an indication that repair is needed. One possible cause of torn clothing is a broken agitator. An agitator has protruding "fins" that forces movement of the load. When the oscillating parts become jagged or broken, the sharp edges could tear up your clothing. Have your repair technician check for signs of damage and replace the agitator if necessary.

If the agitator is fine, look to the washer drum for signs of damage. Sometimes a sharp object in the machine, such as keys or a penknife left in a pocket can pierce the drum, leaving rough edges that may tear your fabrics. This is another issue that may require repair.

For those inexperienced in do-it-yourself repairs, personal safety should be top priority. Therefore, if you experience any of the above mentioned issues, it's best to contact a technician for a service call. This could save you time and aggravation in the long run, as well ensure there are no safety hazards lurking from your machine.