When a washing machine breaks down, it can often feel like a emergency, but as an appliance engineer with years of experience, I have been called out to what are very minor problems. While I cannot go into great details here and there could be other reasons for the problem, I will present you with 3 common problems along with 3 possible and very simple solutions that do not require you to open the washing machine…Have a look at signs that your washing machine needs a repair for more info on this.
Always unplug the washing machine from the mains power supply before doing any work
1. If your washing machine will not fill up with water at the start of a wash, but you can hear a light humming noise coming from the back of the washer, as simple as this may sound, check the water as not been turned off, pots, pans, plates, boxes of soap and any other item in the cupboard where the taps are can get pushed up against the tap causing the tap to move to the off position, also especially if you have had work men round check every valve you can safely check before calling a engineer, I have personally been called out many times simply to find my self in the embarrassing position of having to charge our call out charge just to turn a tap back on.
2. If your washing machine will not empty the water or give a fast spin or the clothes are still wet at the end of the wash cycle, you may have a blockage or a faulty pump, blockages can be anywhere on the machine or in the out let drainage plumbing, so I will only go into the very basics here.
First, if you have one on your washer, Check the small filter at the bottom, front of your washer, the cap should unscrew with a simple anticlockwise turn, there maybe a lot of water in the washing machine that will try to escape and could lead to a lot of water on the floor, the trick here is to turn the cap slowly, in a manner that allows you to control the flow of water into a saucepan or bowl, stopping the water flow and emptying the saucepan or bowl as often as needed, once the washer is empty of water you can check inside the filter for any blockage
3. If the door of your washing machine will not open at the end of the wash cycle, again there could be many reasons for this, but a common reason is that the washer as detected that all the water as not emptied, so will keep the door locked to safe guard you from flooding, you can try to empty any water that may be left in the washing machine using the technique mention above for removing a blockage, once you have emptied all the water, there is a very good chance the interlock will release the door after the 2 or 3 minute safety delay
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