Got A Washer? 3 Problems You May Have With It

Posted on: 3 May 2017

If you have a washer in your home you likely use it a lot. This is especially true if you have a large family. Over time, your washer may develop problems, three of which are listed below. Learning about these problems could save you from having to replace the washer, which can be expensive. This is because finding a problem early will allow you to get the washer repaired so there is no further damage.

Overflowing Washer

If your washer is overflowing with water, there may be a problem with the water valve. The valve has solenoids that open the valve ports when the washer is first turned on. When the washer is not running, these valve ports stay closed. If your washer is overflowing, the valve ports are not likely closing properly.

The problem could also be due to a bad water level switch. This switch controls how much water goes into the washer, so if it is bad, it will not turn the water off when it gets to the right level.

Washer Not Spinning or Agitating

If your washer is not spinning or agitating, it could be a problem with worn or damaged belts. Replacing these damaged belts is generally easy to do. Refer to your washer's owner's manual to determine where the belts are located. In some cases, there may be a problem with the drive pulley. If there is, the pulley will not turn the belts. You can check the pulley for uneven spots, pits, or wear marks. If you see these things, the pulley should be replaced.

If your washer has a reversing motor it may be working in one direction only. If so, the washer will not spin or agitate. If this is the problem, the only thing you can do is to have the motor replaced.

Washer Not Draining

If your washer will not drain the water, it come be something as easy as a problem with the drain hose. Check the hose to ensure there are no kinks or bends in it. There is also a lint filter on the drain hose and this should be checked to ensure it is clear. 

A more serious issue is a problem with the pump, as pumps can lock up and freeze. If the pump is belt driven, it may be a problem with the belt—it may be damaged or broken. The pump may also be jammed due to clothing or something else blocking it.

Contact an appliance repair company like Collier County Appliance Service, Inc. to have your washer repaired. This will ensure it is done correctly.