Washed Out: 3 Reasons Why Your Washer Isn’t Working

If you're looking for several reasons why your washer isn't working, then you've come to the right place. Learn more about it here!
Repair technician examining a washing machine in a laundry room.

Did you know that the average person spends 17 minutes per day on laundry? While this may not seem like a lot, over the course of a week, this equates to close to two hours.

If you’re like most people, you probably have a million and one things you’d rather be doing than your laundry. Luckily, you can cut down on your laundry time by having a properly functioning washer and dryer. 

But, what if your washer isn’t working? If your washer is having problems, you first need to figure out what’s going wrong so you can fix it.

Check out this guide to discover the top reasons why your washer may not be working.  

1. It’s Not Draining Properly 

If you reach into the washing machine to pull out your clothes only to find that they’re still sopping weight, then there’s something wrong with the drainer.  

First, you should check the drain hose, which carries water from the back of the machine. Disconnect the hose and shine a flashlight inside of it to see if there’s any obstruction. If you can’t reach whatever is clogging it, use a garden hose to run water through it to loosen it up.  

You should also check the lid switch, which is a small piece of plastic located under the door or lid of the washer. Open the washer and press the switch to check if it’s functioning correctly.  

After checking the lid switch, you should also check the belt to see if it’s broken or damaged. The drain itself might also be the issue, so you can try running a plumber’s snake through it to loosen up any obstructions.  

If it’s still not draining after all of this troubleshooting, you’ll need to call a repairman to come take a look at it.  

2. The Machine Won’t Turn On 

A washing machine that won’t turn on typically requires a simple fix.  

First, you should use a multimeter to check the outlet voltage to make sure that your machine is getting power. If there isn’t any electricity flowing through, you’ll need to check your household electrical panel to see if a circuit breaker was tripped.  

You should also check the washer’s motor to see if it was overheated. The motor will shut down when it’s overheated to cool off. Also, make sure that the lid is tightly shut, as washing machines are designed to stop working when the lid is open.  

3. It Won’t Spin 

If your washing machine is having trouble spinning, then there’s a good chance that you’ve overloaded it with clothes. An overloaded machine will become unbalanced and have trouble spinning properly.  

You should also check that the lid switch isn’t faulty, as a faulty switch won’t allow the washing machine to run. It’s also possible that it’s not spinning properly because there’s a foreign object lodged into your drainpipe, so be sure to check that as well.  

Are You Ready to Fix Your Washer? 

Hopefully with this guide, you’re able to diagnose what’s wrong with your washer.  

If you can’t diagnose the problem on your own, then it’s time to have a specialist come take a look at it. Contact us today for professional washing machine repair.


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