Washing Machine Troubleshooting

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If your washing machine is malfunctioning you should commence washing machine troubleshooting. There are four main malfunctions that can be diagnosed and repaired by the average do-it-yourselfer. Knowing how to deal with these issues can save you a lot of money and a call to a professional.

Washing Machine is Filling Slowly

If your washing machine is filling slowly, you’ll need to check a couple of different areas. First, you should locate the water hose and make sure that it is not kinked. A kink in the water hose can cause the machine to fill slowly or not fill at all. You should also check to see if there is sediment in the screens inside of the hoses. The sediment can cover the screen and cause the water to fill slowly. You can also remove the hoses and check to make sure that the valve is not dirty. If it is you can unplug the machine and use a small vacuum cleaner attachment to remove the dust and sediment. If none of these prove successful, you may have a loose or broken wire leading to the water valve. If the wire is loose, you can simply reattach it. If it needs to be replaced you can purchase a replacement from your local home improvement store. The last thing that could be causing your machine to fill slowly is that the water valve needs to be replaced. If all else fails this is probably the case.

Washing Machine won’t Stop Filling

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If your washing machine won’t stop filling there is probably an issue with your water valve. Most times, a machine that continuously fills with water has a water valve that is stuck open. You can fool around with the valve to see if you can get it to go back to its normal position. If not, you will need to replace the valve. An easy way to determine if your water valve is malfunctioning is to unplug your washing machine. If the machine continues to fill with water when it is unplugged, the water valve definitely needs to be replaced.

Washing Machine won’t Agitate

If your washing machine won’t agitate you will need to do a bit of investigating. Check to see if the motor and belts are turning. If they are turning you could have a problem with the drive coupling or the transmission. If those seem in order, the agitator itself may be damaged. Many times the agitator will become damaged due to overfilling. If the problem is actually the agitator, you can simply buy and replacement and install it.

Washing Machine Fills and Drains at the Same Time

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If you find that you can’t get water to stay in the washing machine because it is draining and filling at the same time, your drain hose is probably not positioned properly. If your drain hose is too low to the ground, it can siphon water out of the machine as it is filling. The way to avoid this is to route the drain into a standpipe. You want the standpipe to be taller than the highest water level in the machine. A height of 38 inches is sufficient for most standard washers. Once you place the drain hose into the standpipe, the siphoning should stop. Be sure that you don’t push the hose down very far into the standpipe or the siphoning will continue.

Knowing how to correct these common washing machine problems can save you time and money.