Washing Machines 101: 3 Common Reasons Your Machine Stops Working

A washing machine is a handy appliance that can be found in most homes. Every washer, regardless of brand, has four cycles: fill, wash, spin, and drain. Although each of these cycles are pretty basic, there are a number of issues that can occur.

So what are the most common reasons for washing machine issues? Here are three.

1. Washer Doesn't Spin or Agitate

A washing machine that doesn't spin or agitate is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it can be very annoying as your clothing and fabrics just don't get clean. The most common reason a washer stops spinning or agitating is due to a broken belt. The belt of the washer is responsible for moving the drum, which agitates the water and fabric inside. Other reasons for a washer to stop agitating or spinning might be a faulty motor or an issue with the lid switch. While you could certainly attempt to fix this issue yourself, it's usually worth it to call an appliance repair professional—as it may not be spinning due to one or all of these problems.

2. Water Doesn't Drain

Another problem you might face is a washer that doesn't drain. If left untreated, mold and mildew may begin to form. It can also make drying clothes difficult because they won't be properly wrung out. A washer that won't drain is usually caused by one of two problems: a clogged pipe or a broken pump. You can rectify the issue by attempting to unclog the drain. If that doesn't work, the pump is the likely suspect and you might need a professional to replace it.

3. It Leaks Water

Finally, you might also find that your washing machine is leaking water. This is probably the biggest problem you can face, as leaking water can wreak havoc on your home. There are many potential reasons for your washer to leak including worn hoses, a broken pump, and loose seals. In this case, water will typically leak from underneath the unit.

Another reason your washer might leak is due to oversudsing. Too much detergent will make the soapy suds and water leak out of the machine. If this is the cause of your water leakage, you can rectify it by using less detergent.

As you can see, there are many reasons for your washing machine to break. If your machine is having one of the problems listed above, contact a washing machine repair professional for help. These professionals can identify the problem, order any parts you might need, and repair the machine.