Washing Machine Maintenance


Washing machines, otherwise known as laundry machines or washers, provide an efficient and rather swift way to clean loads of home textiles and clothing. Like all other home appliances, however, washing machines are also bound to break down from time to time for varying reasons. If you have a broken washing machine, don’t fret or stress out. This article will discuss common symptoms of a broken washing machine, simple repair methods,  and tips to maintain your washing machine.

Common Broken Washing Machine Symptoms

Symptoms that signify something is wrong with your washer include:

  1. Noise. If you discover any unusual noise coming from your washer, then it’s likely that something is slowly breaking down. Learn to tell the difference between noises emanating from the pump motor  versus those coming from the belt or worn tub bearings. When these things start to wear out, they will rattle and squeal when friction occurs.
  2. Leakage. When washers leak, it means that something is wrong with the pump or the door seals. It might also signify a failed water inlet valve.
  3. Burning smell. This happens when broken parts like drive belts and motor pulleys accumulate dirt.
  4. Keep in mind other common symptoms, such as: the lid or door not opening, lack of cold or hot water, the water not filling, shaking and moving, pumps not spinning, and the timer not advancing.

How to Repair a Washing Machine

Note that washing machines are not that difficult to fix when broken. In fact, all you need are the right tools and some background knowledge in washing machine parts and functionality.

Completely unplug your washing machine before trying to repair it. This is extremely important, otherwise you will run the risk of electrocuting yourself. After that, you can follow the steps below to fix the following washing machine issues.


Problem 1: The washing machine stops operating all together.


Solution: Check for any blown fuses and see if there is a trip in your circuit breaker. Also consider opening the machine’s water shut-off valves.

Problem 2: The washer doesn’t fill up with water .

Solution: Troubleshoot and clean the filters of both the hot & cold inlet hoses. If water supply hoses are bent, straighten them and turn the machine timer slightly or firmly press the buttons.

Problem 3: The washing machine won’t stop filling up with water.

Solution: Check its overflow switch & replace it if need be. Check the timer, either set it appropriately or replace it all together. If none of this works, call a qualified technician to fix the problem for you.

Problem 4: Tub is filled with water, but the washer does not run.

Solution: Close the lid tightly and make sure that the switch in your machine is fully depressed. Alternatively, you can try to lighten the load and wait for 15 minutes for the motor to reset.

All other problems not listed here require a professional and aren’t something you can fix on your own. If you’re facing a problem not listed here or the above fixes don’t work, call a professional.

Washing Machine Maintenance

Use the following tips to keep your washing machine in good condition:

1. Inspect the hoses. Check your washer’s water hoses for any signs of weakness every month. If you spot any damaged parts, repair or replace them immediately.

2. Prevent flood damage. If your washer’s hoses burst or the valves malfunction, you should  completely shutting off the water system to avoid flooding. If it’s just a minor leak, however, try repairing the overflow pan.

3. Don’t overload the washer . Carefully go through the user’s manual to ascertain the appropriate load size and stick to it.

4. Balance it on the ground. When installing your washing machine, be sure to place it on level ground.

5. Use the appropriate amount of detergent.

6. Thoroughly clean the inside of the washer at least once a month.

7. Clean out the fabric softener dispenser with a damp rag and hot water.

8. Polish the outside with an all-purpose cleaner to remove spilled detergents and other sticky messes.


The best way to keep your washing machine running smoothly is adhering to the user’s manual. For problems beyond your scope, call the nearest qualified professional for further assistance. For those of you who are handy, however, check out this comprehensive guide to washing machine repair: http://www.leakingwashingmachine.com/.

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