Washer Problems

Your Washer/Dryer is vital to maintaining your household. If your washer /dryer is having problems you can’t clean your clothes for work. Washers can need an appliance technician or a plumber to fix certain problems.  Dryers suffer from daily wear-and-tear just like many other home appliances. While some problems are more serious than others, many common washer problems can be solved by a quick fix without the help of an appliance repair technician. However, before you can fix the problem, it is important that you pinpoint its source.  If you are unsure of anything, it is always advisable to call in the pros.

What are washers/dryers composed of ?  
Washing machines consist of 3 key components transmission, motor, broke assembly. They are housed below the agitator. The agitator is a central post that twists back and forth, rubbing against clothes to help break apart stains. A washing machine simply operates by a motor, which is connected to the agitator through a unit called a transmission.  Both The motor and transmission are at the base of your machine.   The  transmission is like the transmission in your car.  The role of the transmission is controlling the velocity and  direction of the agitator. It is the speed of the internal rotations of the washer that removes dirt from clothes.  To prevent left over water the motor moves in the spin direction, the pump removes the water from the tub and discards it through the drain pipe.

Dryers are made up of  9 different parts . Blower, Controls,Drum, Drum Support Rollers,Exhaust Duct,Heating Elements, Lint Trap, Motor Components,and Power Supply. The blower pulls air in and out. It makes sure cool dry air circulated around your laundry. Controls are the electronic controls that regulate the temperature of the dryer and the duration of the drying. The Drum is the basin where wet clothes are dried.  The drum support rollers are made solely for keeping the drum in place.  When warm air has to be released it comes though the exhaust duct.  The heating element is what heats the dryer .  To prevent potential fires make sure the lint trap is clean after every cycle.  The motor drives the drum belt which spins the clothes until it is dry. Finally the power supply for the dryer is either gas or electric. Gas Dryers and Electric Dryers. Electric Dryers are very common as they are cheaper to install and maintain than gas dryers. Retail price for an electric dryer is usually between $400-$600.

Common Washer Problems and what you can do to fix them. Try these tips before calling a technician.

1. Q .Washer Won’t Turn On ?

A. When you try to turn on your unit and it can be frustrating. When a Washer doesn’t turn on it can be a symptom of a larger electrical problem at work.  If you check the circuit breaker and the outlet is fine then the problem lies in the machine. Solution:  Sometimes simple problems can be solved with simple solutions. The lid switch may not be secured properly.  The timer knob may also be causing the problem. The timer needs to be advanced.

2. Q. Not Draining Properly ?

A. You want your clothes wet but not drenching. Excess water puts stress on your system and can damage parts of your home. In the summer or warmer parts of the country stagnant water in homes can be breeding grounds for mosquito. Solution: Make sure a water vacuum is on site.  A clogged drain hose may be the cause of water no draining out of the basin.  Check the hose for any kinks or any holes. If it is damaged replace the drain hose.  Also too much detergent can generate too many suds and cause your washer to be clogged. Put 2 cups of white vinegar in your machine and run your machine on a full cycle. The vinegar will rinse all soap from your machine.

3.Q. Will Not Spin and/or Agitate?

A. If the washing machine is not spinning your clothes won’t be adequately rinsed. Solution:  This problem can be avoided by lowering the amount of clothes you put in for loads. An overloaded machine isn’t balanced and can’t function properly.  Conversely you may have to remove a foreign object from the drain pump.

4. Q. Washer Leaking Water?

A. Leaking washer can cause problems for your floor.  Sometimes a leaking washer doesn’t need a plumber to repair just one or 2 simple DIY repairs. Solution: Check the drain hose. If your washer is only leaking during the spin cycle then the problem lies in your drain hose. The drain hose should be secured and free of any damage. The door seal may be the problem. Just like lint build up in dryers, washers can build up debris around the door seal. Clean the door seal regularly to prevent this washer problem.

5. Q. My Washer has an odor  ?

A. A strong pungent odor from your washer may signal mildew growth.  A washer’s basin is an environment beneficial for bacteria growth. However this means mold or mildew can grow on your clothes and make your family sick.
Solution: Clean your washer on a monthly basis. Hot water and sanitizing agent will dissolve most debris.                                                 

Common Dryer Problems and what you can do to fix them. Try these tips before calling a technician.

Q. Dryer Won’t Turn On?

A. Always check the power supply to see if everything is okay. Use a multi meter to check the voltage at the outlet. If there is no problems with the outlet then the problem is in the dryer cord. Solution:  The start switch stops your dryer from turning on.  If the switch is faulty then it needs to replaced.

Q. My dryer doesn’t tumble?

A. If your dryer doesn’t tumble then inspect the belt and  drum support rollers. Solution:  Remove the belt if it shows signs of damage. A normal belt just needs to be fed through the pulley confirmation.

Q.. My dryer is overheating or getting too hot?

A. Your dryer shouldn’t get hotter.  At high temperatures the dryer becomes a hazard. Solution:  Check the thermostat and follow the instructions under no heat. A lesser known cause of heat in dryer is lint trap.Clean the trap to prevent excess heat

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  1. Mindy Jollie says:

    I loved the list of questions and answers you included for common washer problems. My brother’s washer has had a lot of problems. I’ll have to make sure he sees this list and consults a professional if he needs more help.

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