Knowing how to repair a washer will help you get the most out of your machine. because it’s not cleaning your clothes as well as it used to, or it’s making a noise that doesn't sound right, your washing machine may still have years of use left.
A washing machine works hard, so the occasional breakdown or change in performance is to be expected. The machine may struggle to drain, begin to vibrate, or may not start altogether. Either way, these are common problems, that be solved by the average joe. (We’d always recommend you consult a specialist if your washing machine is faulty or you’re having other issues).
Even if you’ve invested in one of the best front load washers (opens in new tab), it’s not surprising your machine may slow down over time. So before you call your handyman, here are a few ways you can repair a washer machine on your own:
Common washing machine problems
We’ve spoken to Tom Akers, Product Training at Miele (opens in new tab), for his tips on how to repair a washer machine.
“A loud noise could be due to an unbalanced load inside the machine (bath mats and heavy items are usually the culprits),” says Tom. They can bang against the side of the drum as it spins. If the load is extremely unbalanced, the drum may also not spin at all – if this happens, Tom suggests “adding a couple of dry towels can help balance the load.”
A washing machine that won’t drain
The first thing to check here is the drain filter on the machine, which is usually located behind a little hatch at the bottom. Here’s how to drain your machine:
1. Find a tray
Grab a tray and place it below the filter.
2. Start to unscrew the filter
A washing machine can hold a lot of water, so unscrew the filter slowly to catch the water with your tray.
3. Empty the tray
Once the tray is full, empty the tray and repeat until the flow of water has slowed enough to fully unscrew and remove the filter.
4. Check for blockages
There may be an object such as a button or coin that has blocked the filter. If there is, remove it and replace the filter.
A washing machine that vibrates
A vibration could be something as simple as the machine itself not being balanced. To correct this, Tom advises “to check the feet of the machine and adjust it to make sure it is properly level – a spirit level can be used.”
Is your front load washer on a solid floor? Tom states “If the machine is placed on a suspended floor, this can also cause vibrations. The only resolution here would be to move the machine onto a solid floor or strengthen the floor underneath.”
A vibrating washing machine can be extremely loud and irritating, so you'll want to get it sorted quickly. It can also cause damage to your floor or other appliances around it. Luckily, learning how to level a washing machine (opens in new tab) at home is relatively easy to fix yourself, so you can avoid paying a professional unless the issue seems more serious.
A washer that won’t start
As simple as it sounds, the first thing to check if your washer won’t start is the plug socket. Make sure your washing machine is switched on. Otherwise, plug your machine into another available socket. If the machine still isn't starting, then you can eliminate the issue being with the socket.
Next, Tom suggests checking the fuse in the plug, if you can. “If this does not resolve the issue, then it’s time to call a service technician to check the machine.”
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