We hardly give much thought to the operation of our washing machine, and how much of a time-saving convenience it is—at least not until it breaks down. As the laundry piles up, you’ll need emergency repairs. If you don’t want to do the laundry the old-fashioned way, that is.
If your machine refuses to power on, doesn’t drain or spin like it’s supposed to, or if your clothes come out washed but only half clean with soap still in them, your machine could use some work. If you are in Antioch, TN or the surrounding areas, reach out to Brad’s Appliance Repair – we’re the best appliance repair service in town.
Our experts have years of experience repairing washing machines of every major brand. Whether your machine is a top-loading, front-loading, or a dryer washer combo, our technicians can repair it.
Why did my machine break down?
Your machine could be malfunctioning for any number of reasons. The seals or bearings might be damaged, the pump or the transmission could be acting up, a tiny switch might be broken, or the inlet valve might be clogged or faulty. Many of these defective components need immediate attention from an expert if you want to save the machine.
Pin-pointing the exact problem and the part which is malfunctioning on your own can be confusing and complicated. DIY repairs might end up costing you more if you end up buying the wrong parts, or worse, damage other parts in the process.
To save yourself hassle and money, hire a reliable expert instead—if you want professional results, it makes sense to hire a professional.
Common problems, troubleshooting, and repair
Loud rumbling and clamoring
If you’re hearing loud noises coming from your washer, and you’ve confirmed the load is balanced, any of these components might be the culprit: drive and pump belt, pump, shock absorbers, bearings, transmission, or the tub bearing. If the pump impeller has worn out or seized, it’ll need replacing. The same goes for most of the other parts. While some might just need a bit tightening, cleaning, or simple repairs.
Won’t turn on
If the machine is connected to the outlet but doesn’t show any signs of life when you turn the power on, the switches, timers, controls, and fuses are often to blame. These faulty timers and burned out fuses can be replaced to get the machine running again.
If it turns on but doesn’t agitate properly, the transmission or cogs might be damaged. A faulty transmission could also be responsible if your clothes aren’t properly cleaned.
Won’t fill or won’t drain
The water inlet valve in your machine fills it with hot or cold water for every cycle. An electrical switch and pressure switches control this inlet. These defective parts can cause your washing machine to either overflow or not fill at all.
If they’re malfunctioning, they need to be tested with a live voltage test, which should only be performed by a qualified professional. Faulty switches and the solenoid which operates them aren’t sold separately, so the whole inlet valve will have to be replaced.
Should I consider a replacement?
If you do one load of laundry a day on average, a washing machine can last you up to 11 years, but most models aren’t built to last more than 8 years. If you have machine older than that, you’re bound to start seeing problems more frequently. In those cases, we often recommend replacement over repair, but we can help either way. Give our office a call to get started.