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Most Common Issues With Washing Machines and How to Solve Them

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Washing machines are an important part of modern-day living. They save us time by doing laundry for us and reliably get our clothes clean. But, when your washing machine stops working or starts having issues, it can seriously disrupt your life. Here are some of the most common washing machine issues--and what you can do to diagnose and fix them.

My Washing Machine is Vibrating, Bouncing Around, or Making Weird Noises

Almost everyone has put a load in their washer, left it to run, and had to hurry back to the laundry room after hearing a loud vibrating or bouncing noise. While all washers vibrate to some degree, they shouldn’t be bouncing or moving around.

Usually, when this happens, it just means your washing machine is off-balance. You can simply rearrange the items in your load and resume the cycle. However, if the issue persists, there may be something more serious wrong with your washer.

If your washer is vibrating, bouncing around, and making weird noises even after rearranging your items, check to make sure your machine is level with the ground. All feet should be positioned on a flat surface. And, if your washing machine is still having the same issues, contact a plumber who can examine the inner workings of your unit.

My Washer Won’t Drain

Drainage problems can be frustrating. Not only do they make it difficult to dry your items, but they can also stink up your washing machine by causing mold, mildew, and bacteria. In serious cases, drainage problems can cause puddles on your floor, leading to further damage to your home.

If your washer won’t drain and there is nothing clogging your washing machine pipes, check to make sure the drain hose is securely attached to the drain pipe. If these items are attached and your machine still won’t drain, it may be time to replace your drain pump or hose.

My Washing Machine Keeps Pausing Mid-Cycle or Won’t Spin

There are few things more frustrating than realizing your laundry has stopped mid-cycle, is full of water, and/or won’t spin the water out of your clothes. The spinning mechanism and drainage system are connected, so if you have a drainage problem, it’s likely your machine also won’t spin. This issue could be something as simple as a door that does not close properly or a door switch that does not work.

If your door is closing properly and the switch is working, you may have a loose motor belt. This will cause your machine to run through the spin cycle without spinning your laundry. Or, you could have a problem with your pump filter or drum.

There are many culprits that can cause a washer to pause mid-cycle or not spin. If there is nothing wrong with your door, your best bet is to consult with a professional plumber about the issue.

My Washer Isn’t Filling Up With Water

In most cases, a washer that isn’t filling with water is an easy thing to fix. If your washing machine isn’t filling up with water, there are several things you should check:

  • Make sure your machine is plugged in and the breaker isn't tripped.
  • Check the water supply to your machine by checking for kinks in the hose, blockages, and secure attachments.
  • Examine the lid switch to make sure there isn’t any dirt or lint on it that is causing it to jam. The lid switch allows your washer to operate only when it is closed.

If you are still having trouble getting water into the system, a Pompano Beach plumber can come to your home, do an assessment, and get to the root of the problem.

My Washing Machine Won’t Turn On

A washing machine that won’t turn on could be something simple or a host of issues. First, check to make sure your machine is getting power. If the breaker hasn’t tripped and it is plugged in, your machine’s motor may have overheated. The motor may shut down to cool, forcing you to wait in between cycles.

Whether you have to wait a while in between cycles or your washing machine won’t turn on at all, your machine is likely on its last legs. A Master Plumber can evaluate your washer, troubleshoot any motor-related issues, or replace your washer with a newer, more efficient model.

Hire a Pompano Beach Plumber for Washing Machine Repair

Modern washing machines come with a variety of innovative and advanced features that help prevent some of the most common washing machine issues. Purchasing a newer model can help you avoid these problems and save you money on your water bill. However, a new washer isn’t always an option because it can be a major investment. That’s why our licensed, bonded, and insured plumbers specialize in washing machine repair in the Pompano Beach-Fort Lauderdale area.

We’ll come to your home, assess your machine, diagnose the problem, and help you make the best decision regarding repair or replacement. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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