Repairs to Washing Machine
The washing machine is one of the essential household appliances, so when it stops working, it can be a cause for concern.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get your washing machine up and running again before calling in a service technician.
Unplug the washer.
Before you start, unplug the washer.
- Turn off the power to your washer. The easiest way to do this is by turning off a circuit breaker in your home's electrical panel or flipping a switch on the electric fuse box.
- Remove the plug from the wall outlet. Look for an outlet with a small slot where you can insert your fingers and pull out; if you find one, remove it gently but firmly until it comes loose from its socket in the wall.
If there isn't an outlet like this nearby, use an extension cord with one end plugged into a working outlet and then another extension cord connected to that one and plugged into where you'll be working (or use some other method of extending an existing power source).
Then unplug both cords from their sockets at once—that way, there will be no chance of electricity coming back into play while you're working on things.
Remove the back panel.
To repair the washing machine, remove the back panel and all the screws holding it in place and set them aside.
Once you've removed it, check to see if any wires are loose or broken on this part of the machine. If they are, you'll need to reattach them before moving on with your repairs.
If any of these parts are damaged (or if they're even close), then you may need to replace them:
- Water level switch
- Pressure switch
- Water temperature switch
- Door switch
- Timer control board
If none of these parts seem damaged or broken, move on by checking for leakage underneath your washer; this could be caused by something as simple as a clogged drain hose or bad gasket seal between pieces of metalwork where two pieces meet each other at 90-degree angles (such as where two sides meet).
Locate the fill valve.
The next step is to locate the fill valve. -This will be found on the back of your machine. Look for a small screw or knob, which should be in a water-tight compartment.
Once you have located it, check its condition by turning it clockwise and counterclockwise (be careful not to force it).
If it turns freely, there is no internal damage or corrosion, and your machine is likely not leaking from this point.
If there is any resistance when turning the knob/screw, then that may indicate issues with parts inside that need to be repaired or replaced before testing for leaks.
Check the water level switch or pressure switch.
To check the water level switch, first, ensure that there is no detergent residue in the dispenser. If so, clean it out and then try again.
If you hear a humming noise when you open up a washing machine door that does not have an automatic lid opener, this dispenser may have failed.
You can install a new one by looking at your owner's manual for instructions on pulling off the old one and putting on a new one.
Inspect the door switch.
When you're checking the door switch, you'll want to inspect it for damage. If there's any damage, it needs to be replaced.
Then, check the wires connecting the door switch to your washing machine. If these are damaged or broken in any way, they also need to be replaced.
-This is an easy fix if your washer won't drain when you open its door after a wash cycle has finished.
Check the water temperature switch.
If possible, check the water temperature switch. -This is a safety device to prevent scalding and must be OK for the machine to work correctly.
If it is not functioning correctly, it could be that the water temperature is set too high. Check this with an appliance repair pro or by contacting an appliance repair company in your area.
Inspect the timer control.
The timer control is the mechanism that tells the washing machine when to turn on and off.
There are several things you should check on your timer control, including:
- Damage. If your washer is old, it may have fallen or been struck by something during its life.
In these cases, you might find that the timer control has been damaged in some way by this physical force.
You can tell if this happened because water will not drain from your washing machine when it's turned off
—it won't even make that draining sound that indicates all drains are clear (this sound also means there's no air trapped inside).
- Loose wires/corrosion/cracks/missing parts/damaged parts/broken parts . The electronics inside a washing machine may malfunction due to age or abuse over time;
for example, if someone opened up the machine and tried to fix it themselves without understanding how it works or knowing how important components are wired together properly.
Inspect the motor coupling for wear.
If you notice that the coupling is worn, cracked, or missing parts, you will need to replace it. Otherwise, you could experience further problems in the future.
Before purchasing a new motor coupling, check its fit in your machine. Measure and compare it with your old part to ensure they are compatible.
If they are incompatible with one another, it may cause more damage than good when installing them into their respective positions within your washer’s chassis.
Check for leaks in the control panel assembly.
Check for leaks in the control panel assembly.
- Turn the water supply off your washing machine and disconnect it from the wall.
- Unscrew the lid of your washer's front panel, then remove it. Check for any signs of condensation or other moisture on any internal parts of your washing machine, particularly around its electrical connections.
If you see signs of moisture damage to any electrical components, replace them with new ones before reconnecting your machine's power cord and turning it back on again.
Appliance repair video
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to fix what's wrong with your washer, look no further than the appliance repair video.
The appliance repair video helps you diagnose common problems and repair them so you can get back to washing your clothes in no time. Here are some of the things it covers:
- Checking the washer drum and tub for damage
- Replacing a broken water inlet valve (this part is super important)
- Removing excess detergent build-up from inside the machine's pumps
Have you checked the prominent places first? It doesn’t take long to check your control panel and ensure the switches are all working correctly.
If one is broken, you can easily replace it with an appliance repair video or chat with an appliance repair pro.