If you have to get some clothes washed and your washer is not working right, there are a few things you can check and fix before calling the repair technician. Unless the unit is older, and you know it is about time for a major repair or replacement, the fix is often something simple.
Machine Does Not Turn On
If the machine will not turn on at all, check to make sure it is plugged in. Sometimes, when you have an uneven load, the machine moves quite a bit during the spin cycle. This could pull the plug or loosen it enough to prevent the machine from running. If the plug is secure, check the breaker or fuse. If that is not the problem, try depressing the safety switch under the lid. When the safety switch is the problem, slightly move the piece on the lid that depresses it when closed.
Water Not Filling the Tub
When no water is getting into the tub, it is often due to a kink in the water hose. Pull the machine out and straighten out both the hot and cold water hoses. If there is still no water flowing, turn off the valves and unscrew the hoses from the back of the machine. Look into the pipes and through the hoses to check for a clog. Remove anything in the line and try again.
Water Not Emptying
When the tub is filled with water that will not empty, there is almost always something clogging the line. Before removing the hose, use a pan and dip out as much water as possible. If the connector is high enough from the floor, place a bucket under it as you remove the hose. If the hose is connected too close to fit a bucket, have a bunch of towels on hand to mop up the water as it comes out. Check the hose for a clog too. You can run a broom handle through it to clear it out if necessary.
Tub Not Spinning
When your washer won't spin, try taking some of the clothes out. Wring them out well, over the open machine, to keep from flooding the floor. Rearrange the remaining clothes so they are spread evenly around the agitator.
If these tips do not fix the problem, there may be a small part like the timer that needs to be replaced. Unless you have experience with wiring, it is a good idea to call in the repair technician like one from Prompt Appliance Services, Inc. You will have done what you could to avoid the service call; now it is time to let the professionals handle the problem.
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