When it comes to washing our clothes, the inner workings of the washer is rarely thought of. That is, until it stops working as we expect it to. When this occurs, laundry usually gets backed up, but James’ Appliance Company can quickly get customers around Davis ready for the next load.
There’s a long list of possible issues, from not coming on, no draining, spinning, or clothes are still dirty. If your washer needs work done, and you’re in the Davis, CA area give us a call, we’ve been rated the #1 appliance service around!
With years of experience, we ensure all of our appliance technicians have the knowledge to fix all major brand appliances. This includes front-loading, top-loading, and washer/dryer combos.
Why Did It Break?
There is a large range of reasons that your washer could be acting up. It may be worn out bearings or seals, the transmission or pump could be failing, or it could just be a broken switch. Other simple fixes include a faulty or clogged inlet valve. Some of these will require immediate repairs from an experienced tech to save the washer.
The tricky part comes down to diagnosing the exact issue that’s causing the problem. Each model and brand can have a different setup and signs to look for. A DIY without knowledge can cause more harm than good or even more money by ordering the wrong parts.
In many cases, calling the experts will be cheaper than trying to do it all on your own. Plus, you get professional results when finished.
Troubleshooting and Repairing Common Issues
Not Turning On
When you go to turn the washer on, but nothing happens the first thing to check is a power source. Did it get unplugged or loose from the outlet? If it’s connected, then it could be the fuses, controls, timers or switches. To get it going again, a burned-out fuse or faulty timer simply needs to be replaced.
However, if the washer turns on and you find it does not agitate correctly, it could be a damaged cogs or transmission. Furthermore, if your clothes come out half clean, it could be the faulty transmission.
If you have weird and loud noises being made by the washer, then you want to make sure the load is properly balanced. If this does not seem to be the issue, it could be one of many elements. For instance, the shock absorbers, pump, pump belt, drive belt, bearings, tub bearing, or transmission.
If your pump impeller has sized up, you will have to replace it, usually the same with the other parts mentioned. Although, there are some which may simply need to be cleaned and tightened.
Not Filling Up or Draining
Each cycle your washer will fill with water through the water inlet valve. This valve is controlled by pressure switches and electrical switches. If any of these switches are failing, it can result in the washer either filling too much, or never filling up.
To determine which switch is causing the issue, each one will need a live voltage test done. This test should be done by a professional to prevent further damage. The inlet valve will need to be replaced if a switch goes out, as the solenoid and switches are not sold separately.
When Should I Consider Replacement?
Statistics show a washer can last an average of 11 years when used for a single load per day. However, the majority of models are designed to last 8 years or less. Therefore, if your washer is older than this, you will likely begin seeing more frequent issues. In these situations, we will be upfront and let you know we recommend a full replacement. We can help you get that setup if needed, just give us a call.