You’re rushing out the door to work with coffee and bagel in hand, but your office cardigan is still damp in the dryer after a full two cycles. Of all the appliances in our home, a faulty washer or dryer can really grind your day to a halt. Here are the most commonly encountered issues with washer and dryer parts and how to get to the bottom of the problem in little time and maybe rid yourself of your washing machine problems easily.

Common Washing Machine Problems

The lifespan of newer washers and dryers is just not as long as it used to be—only about five years. But if you keep your washer well maintained and don’t ignore the red flags, you can extend both your machine and your dollar. Here are some of the most common headaches caused by a struggling washing machine.

1. Clothing Is Soaking Wet

Poor drainage or a faulty spin cycle can lead to unwashed clothing, sopping wet sweaters, or even water pouring out onto your feet when you open the door.

Some of the most common problems include:

  • Broken or disconnected hose
  • Worn hose washer
  • Clogged drainage hose
  • Broken washing motor, belt, bearings, or clutch

Begin by unplugging your machine and checking if the drainage hose on the back of your machine is worn, broken, or clogged with hair, pet fur, or that scrunchie you’ve been missing.

Next, check if the washer properly spins when turned on. If it doesn’t spin or you hear an abnormal amount of sloshing water, you may need a new clutch for about $245 with the help of a pro. Otherwise, check out the belt, bearings, or motor itself with the help of a professional eye.

2. You Come Across Funky Smells

Your clothing consistently smells like a wet dog, and yet, you do not have a dog. Bad smells in your washing machine could be an issue with a mold or mildew buildup.

One main culprit is using too much detergent day in and day out. Soap residue can accumulate in the dispenser, the drum, and around the rubber seal.

Wash your washing machine—yes, we know that sounds redundant—at least once a month. Start by running a hot cycle with 2 cups of white vinegar in the dispenser on hot. You can also wipe down the inside of the machine and around the rubber seal.

3. The Washer Won’t Turn On at All

You’re down to your last pair of clean-ish leggings, and the washer won’t turn on. Try not to panic; this is often an easy fix. Start by checking the power to both the machine and to that part of your house in your breaker box.

Lastly, you may have a broken washer switch or door latch. A new washer switch costs about $140 to $190 with the help of a contractor, while the latch should run between $120 and $130.

4. You Hear Sounds and See Shaking

If squeaking, grinding, and thumping noises are driving you bonkers, it’s worth checking it out to avoid costly problems.

An unbalanced washer is the most common offender. Make sure you haven’t overloaded your washer or—in the case of a top-loading machine—put too much on one side.

Next, check the adjustable feet on the front of your washer. Over time, these can become unbalanced with too much shaking, especially if the machine shifts on the floor. Adjust each side until you can’t easily shake the machine yourself.

Lastly, you may have a broken drum bearing, which can cost $150 to $185 for replacement.

Hopefully, these tips have helped with your washing machine problems. If not, keep reading.

At Bell’s Appliance Service, we install, repair, and maintain your household appliances. Whether you need appliance repair service in Raleigh NC, appliance repair service in Greenville NC, appliance repair service in Wilmington NC, or appliance repair service in Jacksonville NC you can expect professional and reliable maintenance work from our trained and experienced crew members every time. We’re a locally owned, family-operated business and we’re excited to help with all your household appliance needs, including household appliance repair. Call us today for all your household appliance needs!

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