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7 Ways to Know You're in Need of Washing Machine Repair

by Ann Ferguson

Getting the laundry done should be easy. But when you have a faulty washing machine, laundry day becomes more like laundry week, with your laundry pile getting bigger and bigger. And sometimes, it can be challenging to find out what the problem is and if your washer is the culprit.

So, how can you tell your washer is in need of repair? There are some key signs you can't miss — check it out!

1. Clothes Aren't Getting Cleaned

Woman upset that clothes aren’t clean

When your clothes aren't getting clean, it can cause concern. But first, check to see if you've overloaded the machine since a too-full load will keep your clothes from moving freely around the drum. If everything looks OK, then there might be other causes, including:

  • A clogged lint trap can leave a thick layer of damp lint on your clothes — check your washer’s manual to see if your washer has one and keep it clean!
  • A clogged detergent tray will keep detergent from reaching your clothes, so be sure to flush it out or call a service technician to help.
  • A faulty water heater, either the washer's or your home's, can lead to your clothes not coming out as clean when you use warmer cycles. This will need expert repair.
  • A dirty washtub can leave a deposit on clothes and keep them from getting clean, so take the time to run a cleaning cycle in your washer.
  • If your washer machine doesn't agitate, it won't clean your clothes. No agitation is a vital sign that a service repair technician is needed. 

Regardless of your issue, a service technician can help you diagnose your problem so that you can get on with laundry day.

2. Squeaking

That annoying squeaking you hear is also a sign that repair is needed. Most new machines will have a bit of squeaking at first, but if you have an older machine that has recently begun squeaking, it is likely time to get it looked at by a professional. Usually, old bearings or a faulty belt cause a squeaky sound, which a technician can easily replace for you. Goodbye, annoying squeaky sound!

3. Thumping & Grinding Noises

Woman upset by noise the washer makes

Thumping and grinding noises are yet another indication that something's wrong with your washing machine. These noises usually mean the machine is off-balance or that some internal parts like the agitator dogs or U-joints are getting worn out and stripped. The first thing to check is that you loaded the machine properly and that it's on a level floor. If you've confirmed both of those things and the machine still makes those sounds, discontinue use and call a service repair technician soon.

4. Spin Cycle Not Spinning

There are a couple of reasons why the spin cycle on your machine stops spinning. The first is that the water isn't draining, which keeps the spin cycle from starting. This problem is usually caused by a clogged or kinked hose. You can investigate this yourself, or feel free to call the professionals.

But if your washer drains and still doesn't spin, the problem is most likely a broken or loose belt. In this case, you should definitely call our service repairmen.

5. Start. Stop. Start. Stop

Woman looking down, upset that washer keeps stopping

Is your machine starting but quickly shutting off again? There can be multiple causes, including thermostat failure, pump problems that prevent your washer from draining, and several others. But in any case, one of our service technicians will be able to diagnose the issue and get things running again quickly.

However, if your machine doesn't start at all, make sure that it is plugged in correctly since uneven loads can unplug the machine without you noticing. Keep in mind you should always plug your machine into the wall directly and not into an extension cord, as they don't have enough juice to power your washer.

Note: Remember that regular pauses during a cycle are normal; only long, full-on, or mid-cycle stops should be cause for concern.

6. Drum Not Filling Up with Water

Water is essential to cleaning your clothes properly. So, If the washing machine drum is not filling up with water, you might have to wear some stinky clothes!

However, there are several reasons why your machine won't fill up with water, including a kinked hose, a turned-off water faucet, a faulty intake valve, or a clogged washing machine filter. If you've checked these areas out yourself and nothing helps, then it's time to seek out a washing machine repair professional.

7. Water Leaking from Machine

Flooded washing machine

Lastly, if you see puddles of water around your machine whenever you start a load, stop using it immediately. Most often, leaking water is due to a loose water supply connector or a hose issue, but it could be something else. In any case, we strongly recommend bringing in a service professional to take a look.

Pro Tip: Make sure to mop up the water as soon as possible to avoid moisture seeping into your floors! Don't forget to move the machine if necessary to get any water that went under it.

Make the Call

So there you have it — seven signs that indicate it's time to call for professional washing machine repair. If your machine has any of the above issues, don't put off calling a technician to diagnose and fix the problem. And if you're looking for the best appliance repair near you, check out Culligan of Le Mars!

Give us a call to start your repair service today and get your washing machine back in working order.