Washing Machines: Problems and Solutions

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Washing Machines: Problems and Solutions

It’s very annoying when your washing machine isn’t working anymore. Fortunately, you can often solve problems yourself. It is not always necessary to call a mechanic or buy a completely new machine. But if you can’t find the problem, calling a professional is always the best solution!

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A washing machine often indicates with a fault number what is wrong. You can look up this number in the user manual. Have you lost the manual? Then you can usually download it from the manufacturer’s website. Several washing machines also offer help via a mobile application. We will list the most common problems and share any possible solutions with you.

The Washing Machine Does Not Work, What Could It Be?

Tension: Ensure that the plug is correctly plugged in. And check that there is voltage at the socket. You can do this by connecting another device to it. Maybe there’s been a short circuit.

Closing: Check that the door is closed properly. If the door is not closed properly, the washing machine will not start. If the door switch is defective, and therefore does not register that the door is closed properly, call in a washing machine technician.

Water supply: Check that the water supply tap is properly open. Sometimes the magnetic valves are jammed by limescale, or they have burnt out. It is best to call in a washing machine technician for this.

Electronic: If the program switch is defective, the selected program cannot be transmitted. In this case, call in a washing machine technician. Engine: Is there a problem in the engine of the washing machine? Then also call in a washing machine technician.

The Washing Machine Makes Strange Noises, What Could It Be?

The laundry in the drum: If the laundry in the drum is not properly divided, it can get out of balance and make a lot of noise. In such a case, turn off the machine, spread the laundry again and start the program.

There’s an object in there: Do you hear a rattling sound? Then there may be a coin or other small object in the washing machine. This can damage the drum. Therefore, remove the object immediately.

Wrong surface: Does the washing machine shake? The washing machine can be very shaky when spinning if it is standing on an unstable surface. Bearings of the motor or pump: Do you hear a loud, high-pitched tone? Then there may be a problem in the engine or pump. Then call in a washing machine technician.

Drive belt: Do you hear a grunting or squeaking noise during washing? Then the drive belt is often badly adjusted. Then call in a washing machine technician.

The Water Isn’t Pumped Out, What Could It Be?

Water that is not drained away and remains in the machine is a common problem.

Drain hose: If the washing machine is running but the water does not drain, the drain hose may be bent or blocked.

Filter: Check for clogging in the filter. You can easily clean the filter, refer to the instructions for your washing machine.

Drain pump: There may be something stuck in the drain pump that prevents the water from being pumped away. Check the instructions of your washing machine to see if you can solve this.

The Washing Machine Is Leaking, What Could It Be?

Supply hose: If the machine leaks when it’s filled, there’s probably a problem with the supply hose. Check that it is properly connected, not damaged or kinked and that the rubber ring is intact.

Drain hose: Does the machine leak water during pumping and centrifuge? Then the problem may be in the drain hose. Check that it is properly connected, not damaged or kinked and that the rubber ring is intact.

Door: If water leaks at the door, check that the washers are still intact. If they are damaged, they should be replaced. It is also possible that too much detergent has been dosed. It will then foam so badly that it can come through the door.

Pump: If the drain hose is not the problem, but the machine leaks water during pumping and centrifuge, there may be damage in the tub. Another possibility is that the pump is broken.

Repairing or replacing a faulty tub or pump is a costly affair. You should then consider whether it would not be better to buy a new (more economical) washing machine.