Washer Troubleshooting Tips: 5 Things to Check Before You Call for Repairs
Washer Troubleshooting Tips: 5 Things to Check Before You Call for Repairs

Doing laundry can be a real chore, from washing and drying to folding to running out of detergent (the best, by the way, is eco-friendly Melaleuca laundry detergent). When your washing machine is on the fritz, that chore can become a nightmare.

When you’re having problems with your washing machine, appliance repair Brooklyn and appliance repair Staten Island is always ready to help you with the fast and effective washer repair.
But we realize that money is tight (especially after the holidays) and we don’t want you to have to pay for a service call when you don’t really need one.

If your washer isn’t performing as it should, try taking a quick look at these five areas before you give us a call:

1) Check the power

You don’t recall unplugging your washing machine, but maybe someone else did when they had to move the washer out to reach something that fell behind the machine or when they wanted to vacuum around the area.
If the machine is plugged in, make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped or a fuse hasn’t blown. If the source of power seems to be in order, plug a small appliance into the washing machine’s outlet to make sure that it’s working properly. (You don’t want to call for washer repair Brooklyn or washer repair Staten Island when you really need an electrician.)

2) Check water supply valves

Water not filling the tub? It could be a pump problem or it could simply be that someone turned off the water supply valves. Make sure they’re open and operating.

3) Try the unplugging trick

If your washer stopped working midcycle and won’t continue, try unplugging it and plugging it back in again. Like everything else, washing machines these days are controlled by electronic circuits that sometimes need a hard reset. Make sure the lid is down – most machines won’t spin, and many won’t agitate, if the lid is raised.

4) Inspect the hoses

Water leaks may indicate a problem with some of your machine’s internal components, but more often they’re related to the hoses connected to it. Your washer should have three hoses: a cold water intake, a hot water intake and a drain hose. Inspect them all – do they look dried out and/or cracked? Are they connected properly? If someone pulled your machine away from the wall, it’s possible that those connections have been loosened. (It’s also a good idea, as a part of washer maintenance, to replace hoses every three to five years to prevent floods from burst pipes.)

Water that remains in the tub or excessively wet clothes after a spin cycle may be a signal that you’ve got something blocking the drain hose. Examine the drainage hose to make sure there are no kinks or bends in it that could stop the free flow of water. Pushing the washing machine too close to a wall can crush hoses as well. Next, take off the drain hose and try sending water through it to make sure that there are no clogs caused by socks, built up lint, coins, pens and other items that sometimes end up going through the wash.

5) Try a smaller load

When your washer is making loud noises or vibrating, it’s often a question of load and balance. It could be that you’re simply putting too many clothes, sheets and/ or towels in each load, or you could be trying to wash a throw rug or big bedspread in a machine that’s not really big enough to handle it. Try a smaller load.

If vibration persists even with a smaller load, check the washer’s level. Since floors are often uneven, moving the machine just a few inches can throw your washer off balance, which will lead to vibration (and more wear and tear on your machine). Most washers are equipped with feet at their base that you can screw in and out to even things up.

If you’ve run these quick checks yourself and haven’t found a problem, it’s time to call in the experts in appliance repair Brooklyn or appliance repair Staten Island. We’ll get your washer working again as quickly and economically as possible – and the troubleshooting you’ve already done will help our technicians get to the real problems faster.