The washing machine isn’t working. Noisy, smelly, and doesn’t spin; what’re you supposed to do when all this happens?
Before you can fix the problem, you must troubleshoot it first. And to be able to troubleshoot the problem, you need to understand how your washer works. Check over here basics of front-load washers. Read to learn troubleshooting tips for common front load washer problems, with helpful guides on how to repair the machine yourself.
Check The Power Supply
Ensure there is power supplied to your washing machine. Check the fuse or circuit breaker panel. Ensure that it is not tripped and that there is no blown fuse. Call for repair services immediately if there is still no power coming to the washing machine after checking for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse because there may be another problem with your electrical system.
Check The Water Supply
Turn off the power and ensure the water supply valves are open. Ensure there are no kinks in the water supply hoses.
The following steps can be taken to determine if the right amount of water is in use:
- Ensure the washer is empty.
- Start the washer with the regular cycle.
- Activate it by hitting the play/pause button.
Check If It’s Locked
If the door is locked, first make sure you can open it by pulling firmly on the handle. If the door still doesn’t open, you may need to unlock it. To do this, turn off your washing machine and unplug it from the wall. Remove any clothes or other items from the inside. Then, use the screwdriver to remove the screws on either side of the door latch or lock assembly. Once this assembly is removed, you should be able to see how it works and how to unlock it if necessary.
Check If It’s Faulty
The control board is responsible for the entire washing process and may stop working if it overheats or experiences some other electrical malfunction.
Another common issue is an error code on display, which lets you know something is wrong with your machine. A flashing light usually accompanies these codes on the console corresponding to the code number displayed on the screen. If you see these problems happening, check all possible solutions listed in your owner’s manual and then call in a professional if none works.
Check If Its Smelly
If your front loader washing machine smells weird, there are things you can do to fix it.
- Check the air vents on your machine’s back and ensure they’re not blocked. If you find one blocked, remove it from the machine and clean it with warm water and soap. If there’s still a smell inside the machine, your next step is to look for mold or mildew inside. To do this, turn off your washer and open the lid (make sure to disconnect the power first).
- Check the drain hose. If it’s clogged with hair or lint, that could be causing the smell. Clean the hose and ensure it’s not clogged up with anything else.
- Clean filters. Put a container under the drain pump. Unclip the black hose, remove the plug, and let the tube’s contents flow into the container. Obtain the container empty. When the water stops draining, repeat the process. The black hose must be dried before the plug is replaced and the tube is clipped back into place. Place a cotton towel under the drain pump’s filter to soak up any remaining moisture. The filter in the drain pump must be turned counterclockwise to be removed. Then remove the residue by hand.
Check If Its Gunky
Check to see if you have any suds. If there are suds, your detergent has not been dissolving properly and leaving residue. It can be caused by too much detergent or a detergent that doesn’t work well with front-load washers. Therefore clean out the washer before trying to use it again.
Check If It’s Watery
Items frequently get caught under the front gasket. It can lead to various issues, including a clogged drain leading to the filter. Water would accumulate in the machine’s front if this were to happen. However, this may be corrected with little effort. Open the washing machine door to adjust the gasket and clean it.
It’s easy to get the impression that front-loading washers don’t work well, but with some know-how, users can learn to troubleshoot minor problems that are about 90% of what goes wrong. These machines are more reliable than ever and are among the most energy-efficient. While not perfect, they remain instrumental and convenient.