Saturday, February 23, 2013

Helpful Hints for Troubleshooting Washing Machines

 Here are some helpful hints on learning how to troubleshoot different, but common problems with your washing machine.  First, it's a good idea to start the New Year off with this annual check:  Pull the unit away from the wall, unplug the washing machine and then locate the motor. It's recommended to take a look at the motor once a year or so to check for buildup of dirt and dust. You can then use a vacuum cleaner nozzle attachment to gently remove any dirt built up from the motor. Washing machines can accumulate a significant amount of dirt, dust and lint over the years that results in restriction of proper airflow. This can cause the motor to burn out more quickly over time.

That loud banging noise you hear the washer making, even though no article of clothing could be causing the noise, could be an inlet valve that has shut. This causes water to rush through the pipes before coming to an  abrupt stop as it reaches the closed valve. Installation of a water-hammer shock absorber at both hot and cold water connections can alleviate this headache- but it's also time to schedule a service call with your appliance repairman, so he can properly look over the inlet water valve and machine.

However, a sudden transformation of your washing machine into the "vibrating demon from hell" is usually only the result of an "unbalanced" load.  Take a look inside the washer, and most likely you will see the  clothing in a big clump on one side or the other of the washer tub. Just redistribute the clothing so that it is more evenly placed in the tub, and "the vibrating demon from hell" should get back to normal.

In the unfortunate case that the interior of the washer tub becomes chipped, rust can then develop and become a persistent problem in your machine.  Rusty water in the washer causes rusty stains on your clothing!  You can use a clear nail polish to coat over any chips as a short-term solution, before the rust becomes a significant issue. However, it is definitely time to call your appliance repairman!

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