Like many household products that most of us can’t live without, when they work, washing machines can make life much easier and save countless hours of time. The problem is, washing machines get an awful lot of use and that can lead to a few problems from time to time
Fed-up with having to wait for an engineer to come out and get you back on the right track? Read on for a comprehensive look at 3 common problems that can easily be over-come with the right knowledge and a little persistence.
When washing machines vibrate
A little vibration is expected, but when your washer gets worrying out of control, it’s time to think about doing something about it. Constant shaking and noise may seem like a problem that’s hard to overcome, but there’s no reason you have to live with it. In fact, most of the time it can easily be solved in a matter of minutes.
The first thing you’ll want to do is check that your washer is firmly on the floor. Uneven floors and wonky feet can mean washing machines aren’t as stable as they should be, initiating that familiar rumble that every one of us dreads. If the vibration is too much, chances are the solution is simple not complex, as we said. Just take an adjustable spanner and even out the feet by adjusting the nuts on the thread above.
If you’ve done this and there’s still a problem, it might still be nothing to do with your machine. Many washing machines are placed on uneven floor, making the rumbling far worse than it should ever need to be.
The leaking water conundrum
Arriving back home to find your machine has leaked all over the place is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Before you get on the phone and pay out a large fee, have a look at the following points to see if there’s something you could do yourself.
One of the main reasons why washing machines leak water is because they’re not level, or the hoses aren’t attached tight enough to maintain a water-tight seal. Alternatively, the drains may be clogged. In any case, there are a few things you can do which are really quite easy.
First of all, check the balance. You’re looking to make sure the washer-basket is not knocked out of alignment, allowing water to splash uncontrollably out. Second in your to-do-list is to check all the connections going in and out of the washing machine. If anything is cracked, chances are it’ll need repairing.
Next up, you’ll need to check for damage inside the machine itself, which may not be immediately obvious. Is any water obviously leaking out? Is anything cracked where it looks like it shouldn’t be?
Lastly, you’ll need to make sure that the drain hose isn’t clogged-up with hair or any other material. This is a common problem and it only takes a moment of two to get that machine up and running.
Problem number 3, when things sound strange…
Washing machines and strange noises are as well-known a phenomenon as summer and winter. And don’t worry, one weird noise doesn’t always signify doom and expense.
Your way out if this trap, of course, is to try to get to the bottom of what’s causing all that noise. It might not be a loose part rumbling away inside. Instead, it could be an object like a key from a pair of jeans trapped in the washer drain. The washer drain line is a common source of problems, as it gets easily bunged-up. Simply remove any offending items and, chances are, you’ll be back to washing in next to no time.
A natural born writer, David writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.