A broken washing machine can put a wrinkle in your laundry routine. The average U.S. family does around seven loads of laundry per week, and any problems with your washer will cause everyone in your home headaches. Stay on the lookout for these common washing machine problems to keep one of your hardest working appliances working.
A Burst Washer Hose
Burst washer hoses are a primary cause of home floods. You can help reduce the chance of an expensive leak by routinely checking your washer’s hose for any drying, cracking or rodent damage. If you notice any signs of damage, it is time to replace it. You may want to consider switching from a rubber hose to a more durable braided steel hose to lower the chance of leaking.
An Outer Drum Leak
The outer drum, which houses the inner drum (the one which spins), is usually made from a heavy-duty plastic in newer machines. This makes them lighter, but less sturdy than older metal outer drums. These newer drums tend to crack on occasion, especially if someone forgot to check pants’ pockets for loose change. A cracked outer drum leads to a leak and the need for a repair or replacement depending on the amount of damage.
Trouble With Draining
Standing water in your washing machine can be messy, especially if you have a side-loading machine. There are several reasons why your machine may fail to drain properly. When this happens, most of the time, there is something stuck or blocking the drain hose, or the pump needs replacing.
Trouble With Filling
When a washer refuses to fill completely or at all, it is most likely a plumbing problem. Make sure all the hoses are aligned and connected properly to your water source. If they are, the cause of the problem may instead be an overheating issue.
Rattling and Shaking
If the suspension springs in a washing machine stretch or break, they can no longer keep the tub from banging against the outer cabinet, which is what makes the machine shake. While this is not only annoying, it can also contribute to mildew and mold growing in your washer as well as causing leaks.
Do you need help troubleshooting your plumbing problems? Contact the plumbing pros at Crawford Mechanical Services! Every Crawford Mechanical Services technician is fully licensed and insured. Call us at 614-478-9424 to schedule an appointment today.