Like most of our hardworking household appliances, the washing machine is one of those that is taken for granted. And when it stops working properly, you're in for one heck of a ride to find a way of getting your clothes laundered while you find the cheapest way to fix your washing machine. Before you run off to the Laundromat or call the repairman, see if you can find out what's wrong first. As always, have your manual with you.
- Drain the machine of water. Before you go tinkering around your machine, even if it has clothes stuck in it in mid-spin, you have to make sure that your washing machine is drained of water. This way when you tilt your machine to check what's wrong, no wires would get near water. You will have a bigger problem if that happens. Some washing machines have options to drain the water in case of emergencies, but in case yours doesn't, refer to your manual on how to drain your machine. If you have clothes stuck in the washer, check your manual on how to get them out.
- Check the drain for clogs. Clogs can be caused by several factors like lint in the drain, a clog in the pipes, or suds. One main cause for this is that you might be in a place where your water is highly mineralized. Highly mineralized water is commonly known as ‘hard water' and when it is mixed with some detergents, it creates soap curd that settles at the bottom, along with the lint, and clogs your drainage. Sometimes this kind of water clogs your water hose. So check all your machine's water passages to see if they are free from clogs before checking other sources of trouble.
- Check the electrical wiring. Now that your washer is dry, try moving your washer around with at least some cloth on each of its feet to avoid scratching your floor. Do not put your washer upside down. There might still be some water left in the machine that could short circuit the parts. The most ideal thing is to put your machine one of its sides, depending on where the major electrical components are. If it is behind, then just turn your machine around facing good lighting. If the major components are on the underside, just lie it down on its side. Always keep in mind to refer back to your manual if you are unsure with what you are looking at.
- Spin trouble. If you have already gone through the steps above, but the washing machine still won't spin properly, try to check your manual on how to go about removing your spinners. More often than not, there could be soap curd and lint that may be stopping the machine from working properly. Hair could also be one of the main causes of spin trouble, and could cause overheating. Once again, make sure you remove all these clogs before trying to start your washing machine again.
What's good about a machine is that you can always perform trial and error to find out what's wrong. You can make a list of what you've tried and what you haven't tried. If you have found the cause of your washing machine problem, return to your manual to reread that machine care portion to prevent any machine trouble for a good two years or so.