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Tips To Determine Washing Machine Problems Yourself

Updated on February 14, 2012
Is your washing machine not working how it should? Let us help you get to the root of the problem yourself.
Is your washing machine not working how it should? Let us help you get to the root of the problem yourself.


Remember: UNPLUG THE WASHING MACHINE BEFORE COMMENCING ANY WORK! Electricity kills and is especially dangerous in the presence of water. These home washing machine repairs are meant as a guide only and 0800 Repair Glasgow take no responsibility for any negative outcomes.

“My Washing Machine Is Very Noisy”

Another common complaint about washing machines is down to the noises they make, from rattling to scraping sounds. These can be caused by a variety of things, such as:

  • Loose coins, lighters, buttons or other small objects
  • Loose underwire from bras – check the holes of the drum/in between the drum sections

If you have thoroughly checked the drum for these then it could be a number of issues which may need investigating by washing machine repair engineers:

  1. Drum Bearing – If your washing machine is very noisy when spinning then this may be the culprit. Usually caused by water leaking through the bearing seal, this can be checked by disconnecting the belt which spins the drum and then manually spinning the drum. If it still makes a rumbling noise then it’s likely to be this.
  2. Broken Drum or Spider - Check the drum itself for cracks and abnormalities, as well as the ‘spider’ (the spokes at the back of the drum). If faults are found then this is likely to be the cause of the noise.
  3. Motor Bearing – High pitched noises are usually caused by a worn motor bearing. You can check this by removing the belt from the motor and running the motor by itself. If it still makes the noise then this is the issue.
  4. Loose Tub Weight –This can cause a knocking sound, especially if the drum is near full capacity or when washing heavy items. It would also not make the noise if span whilst empty. You can attempt to tighten the screws surrounding the tub but be careful, these are very brittle and if they break you’ll need a whole new tub.

“My Washing Machine’s Door Won’t Open”

This is a common problem which can be caused by a number of things:

  • Water not fully drained – Safety lock still in place
  • The door’s interlock has jammed
  • The ‘pecker’ has fallen off (a device which checks for motion of the belt so it will not open whilst running)
  • The door mechanism has failed

The only thing you can do here yourself is to remove the top of the washing machine, reach in and try to manually release the door yourself.

*Remember to ensure the machine is unplugged*

If this fails then you need to speak to an expert washing machine repair engineer.

“My Washing Machine Doesn’t Fill With Water”

Yet another common issue with washing machines. This can be as simple as bad plumbing, a kink in the hose or a faulty valve. Things to check are:

  • The Hose – Does the hose have a leak or a kink in it restricting the flow of water? Also, try disconnecting the hose from the machine and running it into an empty bucket. If you have a good supply of water then this isn’t the problem.
  • Faulty Valve – If the valve handle turns but doesn’t change the flow then it may have become disconnected from the actual valve. Try removing the handle and turning the valve directly with a pair of pliers.
  • Filter – Check the small filter which the hose attaches to, usually on the back of the machine. Be careful when removing this with pliers as the frame is very brittle and will break easily. The mesh is also delicate so ensure no holes are made. A build-up of lint, dirt or ‘other filth’ could be restricting the flow of water. If the filter is clogged then clean it gently and remove the blockage before replacing and reconnecting the hose.

If water is flowing and the filter is clean then you will need someone with more expertise to look over your machine and perhaps provide a professional washing machine repair for you.

“My Washing Machine Is Dead!”

The most worrying state of a washing machine is when it won’t start at all. There are many reasons for this, however a few you can check for yourself are:

  • The first and most obvious thing to check for it the power supply. Has the plug been pulled out (perhaps by a child or a pet)? It may seem a little too obvious but you may be surprised at the number of times this can be the cause of the problem.
  • The second thing you need to check is the fuse inside the plug. Slightly less obvious than the power supply, however this is something you can easily check yourself. Simply transfer the fuse to another appliance you know does work. If the appliance you’ve transplanted the fuse into does work you know that this isn’t the problem. A replacement fuse may be needed if it does not work.

If neither of the above fix your issue then you should contact an expert in washing machine repairs, as it could be a serious problem with another element of the circuitry of the machine.

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      glasgow0800repair 5 years ago from Glasgow

      Thank you for your comment LuizEGonzalez, I hope this info is useful for some people

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to HubPages. Interesting article and information