Washing machine problems and when you need to repair it

Wearing clean, spotless clothes every day is the key to feeling confident and looking attractive. Your laundry can be done in no time at all with the press of a few buttons instead of spending hours hand-washing every dirty item with the help of washing machines. There are many different types of washing machines, but a few common issues occur among them, both frequently and less frequently. Various problems can arise with your washing machine, from too much detergent to water on the floor.

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Depending on the situation, you may hire a professional to diagnose and fix the issue. In any case, having a washing machine problem is never pleasant, and most households are eager to get their appliances back up and running as soon as possible.  

Common Washing machine problems and solutions

While washing machines come in a wide variety of designs, some problems occur frequently and others that infrequently occur are similar to all of them. The following are some of the common issues we’ve attempted to address.

Washing machine won’t start

Numerous issues can result in a washing machine failing to start. Therefore, begin by inspecting the main power switch for loose connections, non-functioning power sockets and ensuring that the fuse is in good condition. 

Solution – Ensure that the door lock on your front load washing machine is functioning properly. Occasionally, the washing machine’s primary power switch or control module (PCB) will fail to operate. If you do not have past expertise working with live wires and high voltages, get the washing machine inspected by a repair professional.

Washing machine is making too much noise

Objects caught between the outer tub and drum can also produce noise; items such as coins and garbage are frequently retrieved from around the heater between the drum and can cause harm to the machine and any clothing contained therein. 

Solution – Ensure that all pockets of clothes are empty before placing them in the machine. Operating a washing machine with a defective bearing can result in death. With time, the bearings in the washing machine decay and become faulty, resulting in a loud noise while it rotates. This can be remedied by lubricating the bearings with grease (or oil) or replacing them entirely.

Vibrations during operation are excessive

The most common cause of this is an imbalanced tub or washing machine as a whole. Ascertain that the washing machine is completely horizontal. Otherwise, get a stand/trolley with adjustable screws underneath. In some circumstances, the tub becomes imbalanced due to suspension system wear and tear. 

Solution – Ensure that the machine is not overloaded with clothes to avoid the suspension mechanism from degrading.

Washing machine makes noise when draining or fails to drain at all

The drain pump is malfunctioning or clogged in this instance. A pump blockage can occur due to the accumulation of cloth fibres and dirt. 

Solution – Simply cleaning the pump and the hose that connects will resolve the issue. It is suggested that this procedure be performed by a repair specialist because it will require disassembling the pump assembly.

Over or under filling of the washing machine

Most likely, the pressure switch is not operating properly; this might be due to several factors, including a defective switch, a hole in the pressure pipe, or it has come loose, or the most common reason, a blocked pressure chamber. 

Solution – To examine the switch, blow into it and listen for one or more clicks; if you hear them, it’s OK; a detailed inspection of the hose should reveal if it’s fine or not, whereas the chamber must be removed and cleaned. If a filter has been installed in the water intake line, ensure that the filter mesh is clean.

Washing machine has stopped spinning

Both the spinning motor and the drainage system are linked. As a result, the machine will not spin if the drainage system fails. The filter on the pump may be clogged, or the hose connecting the drum to the pump may be clogged. Carbon brushes on the motor may have worn out; if the motor does not have brushes, the motor capacitor may have failed. The belt connecting the motor to the drum may have snapped or fallen loose.

Solution – To fix this issue it is recommended to contact professional repair services who can resolve it efficiently.

In spite of the fact that these common washing machine problems can be resolved on your own, we recommend you contact an expert repair service to address the issue efficiently.

How to troubleshoot a washing machine?

Washing machine won’t start

To begin, verify the power. While this may seem self-evident, washing machines can move during the spin cycle, yanking the plug from the wall. Additionally, check your circuit breaker to ensure it has not been tripped.

  •       Is the door lock defective?
  •       Is it a problem with the control board?
  •       Is it on the verge of overheating?

Leakage in washing machine

  •       Water accumulating at the machine’s front or rear
  •       Inside the mechanism, rust or mineral deposits
  •       A leak in the area directly in front of the cabinet
  •       Leakage of foam
  •       Door dripping
  •       Directly beneath is a pool of water

Washing machines smell

Nobody enjoys unsavoury odours in their home. If your washing machine has an odour, it is most likely due to mould and germs. Therefore, ensure that you perform the following tasks regularly:

  •       Remove and thoroughly clean your detergent drawer
  •       Clean the door seal — dirt accumulates here
  •       Once a month, run a 90°C cycle with hot water and vinegar or bleach.
  •       Assure that extremely dirty goods, such as baby bibs/clothes and dishcloths, are washed at a hot enough temperature
  •       Separately wash towels
  •       Never leave washed items in the washing machine

Washing machine doesn’t drain

Is there still water in the drum once the cycle is complete? If your washing machine cannot drain, there is most likely a clog inside the machine or in the drain pipe. To begin, you’ll need to physically drain it so you can retrieve your clothing and determine what’s going on.

How long should a washing machine be used before it needs to be replaced?

Newer washing machines are more efficient than older types. Consumer Reports estimates that washing machines last an average of ten years, if maintained properly.

How much does it cost to repair a washing machine?

The average Australian family of four can have approximately eight to ten loads of laundry every week. That’s a lot of laundry, which means that a washing machine is an absolute necessity in any home. Therefore, when it fails, it might be the most inconvenient part of your day and can entirely derail your life. When your washing machine breaks down in Australia, you must have it repaired promptly. The sooner you have it repaired, the less damage will occur and, of course, the sooner you will be able to use your washer again.

The following table summarises the average cost of washing machine repairs by type:

  •       Portable washing machine – between $80 and $150
  •       Semi-automatic – between $100 and $200
  •       Top Loader – between $150 and $225
  •       Front Loader – between $200 and $300

Washing machines are an absolute necessity in any home. If you notice a problem with your washer, you must contact a professional firm to repair a washing machine immediately.

Is it better to replace or repair my washing machine?

Unfortunately, if your washer is out of warranty, you are responsible for all repairs. If the manufacturer’s warranty still covers your equipment, you may not be required to pay anything. However, you may be able to locate an appliance repair firm ready to diagnose the problem over the phone. Other technicians may charge a fee for coming out and diagnosing the problem, but this fee may be deducted from the total cost of the repair job. Be prepared to pay an additional fee for same-day, weekend, or evening appointments.

One prevalent view is as follows: If repairing the appliance costs 50% or more of the original purchase price, it should be replaced. Others have a lower bar and propose disposing of a big item if repair costs exceed 40% of the purchase price.

Brands to avoid when buying a washing machine

fixing washing machine in Adelaide

  • Electrolux
  • Indesit
  • Summit
  • Jupiter’s Power
  • Deco

Final Thoughts

Our team of professionals at Wise Appliance Servicer in Adelaide can repair any make or model of a washing machine or any appliance for that matter. While we work to repair any major appliances in your home or business – fast – we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee backed by many years of experience. Due to the fact that our technicians are local, we can usually offer same day services in Adelaide. No matter what the job is, from repairing washing machines to installing dishwashers and replacing refrigerators, we will pay careful attention to all details for a quick resolution on even the hardest jobs. Give us a call, and we’ll get your appliances working again in no time!


Contact us if you need appliance repair in Adelaide, Australia.

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