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Faulty Washing Machine? Here Are Some Possible Causes

Faulty Washing Machine? Here Are Some Possible Causes

Feb 23rd 2018

What Could Be the Cause of Your Faulty Washing Machine?

Is your washing machine acting up out of nowhere? Click here to learn about possible reasons why you might have a faulty washing machine.

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Washing machine issues always strike at the worst time. Usually, it's when you're in a rush and need a clean shirt.

The good news is that many causes of a faulty washing machine are a quick and easy fix.

The first step to fixing it?

Identify the issue.

Washing Machine is Moving and/or Shaking

It's always a bit intimidating to see a huge machine rattling about and making a lot of noise.

Fortunately, the problem is almost always superficial.

The most probable cause is that the washing machine is not level. Check to see if one of the legs isn't in contact with the floor. Fix it by using wooden shims or plywood to level it correctly.

Many washing machines have legs that self-adjust to the necessary height. Be sure to consult your manual to ascertain whether or not this is the case.

Another reason for a noisy washing machine is because the load of clothes is not distributed evenly in the washing basket. Open it up and see if they're all plastered to one side. Rearrange them so they're even, and the problem should be resolved.

Washing Machine Washes Endlessly

While initially humorous, it can be a bit tedious. After all, we depend on the washing machine to wring out the water as well. You can't put sopping wet clothes into the dryer!

There's really only one cause for a faulty washing machine to act in this way -- it's because the timer is defunct.

It's unlikely that you'll be able to fix it. You'll have to replace it. It's pretty easy though - just remove the control panel, unscrew the old one, and pop the new one in.

Washing Machine Leaks

This problem is a bit harder to pin down because there are a lot of potential issues that could cause a leak.

The first thing to check is the water feeder lines. Those are the tubes behind your washing machine.

They come loose pretty frequently, so check to see if there's a tight seal on the washing machine.

Then check the water feeder line for cracks or leaks. If you find any, you can use plumber's tape as a temporary fix, but you'll want to replace it.

Another cause of leaking washing machines is a bad pump.

To determine if your faulty washing machine is the fault of the pump, run the machine with only a few items in it. After the cycle ends, immediately shut off the water lines to the washing machine.

If it doesn't leak anymore, it was the pump's fault.

Washing Machine Won't Start the Cycle

Here's a quick fix - check to see if the lid is closed completely.

If it is, but it's still not working, you probably have a broken lid switch. That switch prevents the washing machine from running when the lid is open.

It's possible that there is a problem with the pump, but it's more likely to be the switch, so check that out first.

Don't Let a Faulty Washing Machine Slow You Down!

Life goes on whether or not your washing machine does.

Fix it sooner, rather than later, so you don't find yourself in a bind. Get your replacement parts here!