Broken Appliances: How to Fix Your Failing Washer and Dryer
The washer and dryer are a pair of hard-working appliances. Other than just standing in front of your inoperable washer or dryer simply staring at it, read on for tips on some of the most common issues and how to fix them.
Machines That Will Not Start
Check the circuit breaker panel. Next, check the power outlet, which may need an electrician. Check the lid or door switch that can prevent the machine from starting. Keep these clear and the gaskets clean and free of debris to allow them to close properly. Check the timer knob for possible incorrect settings. For dryers, you could have a bad thermal fuse, thermostat, terminal block or start switch. Finally, an overheated motor needs sufficient cooling time.
Leaking or Poor Drainage
Check the drain hose for a clog, which you can flush with a garden hose if it is not jammed or broken. Foreign objects may get lodged between the tub and the basket preventing draining. Using too much detergent can both prevent drainage and cause leaking. A faulty pump, tub, tub seal, or water inlet valve should also be checked. If you are unsure, it is best to seek the assistance of a repairman who does washer and dryer repair to avoid making matters worse.
Machine Is Rocking or Does Not Agitate
A machine that rocks or does not agitate could be overloaded or loaded improperly. Make sure clothes are evenly distributed. It could be too much heavy stuff, such as towels or blankets. Beyond this, check on the lid switch, belts, pumps or motors. Double-check that the speed is not caught between settings. Also, check the level on the floor. You may need to shim the base.
Cold tumbling could be a fuse or thermostat issue. Also, check the timer or power cord. Gas dryers use a burner or igniter. Dryers that will not even tumble could have a worn or broken belt. The motor could be bad, or the drum support rollers could be worn. Clothes that just don’t seem to get dry could simply mean you need to clean off the lint trap. Check the vent, heating coils or thermostats when a dryer gets too hot. For this hazardous issue, call your repairman.
In conclusion, machines will need service from time to time. Having some basic awareness can help keep your appliances operating when you need them most. Catching and correcting issues early is advisable. The cost of repairs is far less than replacing the entire appliance.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family, and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.