Built-in Washing Machine Repair
Some washing machine problems can be solved super easily using a few tools or even by just a tightening of a hose, while others may need the work of a professional. Read our tips and advice on how to fix some of the more frequent faults.
If your washing machine spends more of its life being repaired than it does washing clothes, it might be time to buy a new one.
- My washing machine won’t clean my clothes – A washing machine that doesn’t clean your clothes is far from ideal. But it happens – and more often that you’d think. One of the most common reasons is a blocked detergent line/tray. If your detergent and softener cannot travel down towards your clothes then how can the washing machine wash properly? To add to this, if there is a blockage, eventually detergent, germs and even mould will build up and transfer onto your garments. This will also happen if the filter is clogged or the drainage pipe is blocked.
- Try cleaning out both your detergent and filter drawer before starting your next wash cycle. If it’s still not working you might need to check the drainage (see below).
Other reasons might include:
- Overloading – if you try to squeeze too many items in one wash you could be left with no clean clothes at all. Overloading means the clothes cannot move around the machine, dirt can get trapped between items of clothing and it leaves little room for the detergent to disperse.
- Using the wrong detergent or selecting the wrong wash cycle
certain detergents work best at specific temperatures. Check this before buying. On the other hand, certain wash programs will be designed for specific garments, silk for example. Opting for the wrong cycle might result in an underwhelming wash.
- Faulty heating – If the machine turns off in the first half hour the water may not be heating up correctly, which will signal for the machine to stop mid-cycle. On the other hand, if the cycle stops past 30 minutes the water may be overheating, again forcing the cycle to come to a halt. The most likely cause for this is a faulty thermistor.
- Drainage – If your machine cannot drain the water between each cycle then it could force the machine to come to a stop prematurely. Check for blockages in the pump filter and the drain hose.
- Faulty connection – If there is a faulty connection your machine could turn itself on and off randomly. This can be hard to determine so it’s wise to call out a technician.
- Overheating – If you have used your machine consecutively for the past five hours it might just be overheating. Give it a break and try again later.
- Leaks – Some machines will stop mid cycle if they suspect a leak. If you see water coming from anywhere on the machine check the hoses, pump and door seal.