Our washer and dryers are some of the most heavily used appliances in our homes, which can make it a huge pain when they start to malfunction or aren’t working like they used too. Luckily for you, The Appliance Squad located in Tampa, is here to help you! In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the top common problems for household washers and dryers and how you may be able to fix them. Keep reading to learn more! 




Your Washer Won’t Turn On

If your washing machine isn’t responding when you turn it on, it may be for a variety of reasons. While these reasons can be easy to fix, some of them may call for a more serious repair. Starting off, make sure that your washer is getting power. Sometimes, especially if it wasn’t placed properly or it gets bumped frequently, your washer may not be receiving power. You can use a multimeter to check the outlet voltage. You’ll also want to make sure that the household electricity supply is working properly. Check your homes electrical panel to see if any of the circuit breakers have been tripped. If everything seems to be working fine, it may not be the washer. We recommend that you contact a qualified electrician to help replace the outlet. 


It may also not be turning on due to the motor of the washer overheating. If it’s overheated, most washers will turn themselves off to allow the machine to cool down before it will start again. This may not be an issue if it’s only happened a few times, but if you’re finding that every wash cycle the motor is shutting off, you may need to replace the machine. Our repair experts can help figure out the most efficient way to either fix or replace your machine. 


It Won’t Drain

Drain problems can range from a simple clog to the drain hose needing to be replaced. Most of the time, your drain hose may be clogged and is the reason that the washer isn’t draining properly. You can remove the hose and visually inspect it for clogs. You will also want to check the drain hose for any kinks or lint filters. Your drain pump may also be jammed or having other issues. Another possibility is that the bearings have seized on the pump or they have become jammed by a foreign object. Many of us tend to keep things in our pockets that we may neglect to take out before washing, like pens, coins, and other small objects. Even a small sock can cause a jam. It may also be due to the impeller blades. Usually a new pump will help fix most drainage problems, but always contact your local repairman to be sure! 


The Spin Cycle Isn’t Working

First, make sure that your washer isn’t in the “soak” cycle. This may seem like a no brainer, but most of us just turn our washer on without checking the settings, so if someone before you put it on a different cycle, make sure it’s set to how you want. Make sure that your washer isn’t being overloaded with clothes either. If it is too large of a load, the washing machine will become unbalanced and won’t properly spin. Make sure that there aren’t any foreign objects lodged in the drain pump. Sometimes you’ll be able to hear a humming sound when the washer is full of water, and this is the problem. The belts in your machine may also be either broken or showing signs of wear. 


It’s Leaking Water

This can be a real mess and may mean that your washer needs to be replaced fully, but it can also be a simple fix too! Check the drain hose if your washer is leaking only during the spin cycle. Make sure the condition of the hose is secure and that the hose is free of any kinks, cracks, and damage. Check your water-inlet valve for leaks. Rust and other mineral deposits within the valve may be happening, or it may just be old and needing replacements. You may also be using too much detergent. Too much detergent will lead to suds spilling over, making it look like you have a leak when you really just have a heavy hand pour. 


If you have a washer that has a front door, this could be due to the seal. Front-load washers tend to develop leaks around the door seal since it’s a common place for debris to build up. If the debris has built up, it may reach a level where the door is unable to properly seal itself and excess water may be leaking out. 




It’s Not Heating Up

First, make sure that your dryer is not on the “air fluff” or “air dry” setting. If the settings are all working properly, you may want to make sure that your electrical outlet is working properly. If your dryer’s thermal fuse has blown due to a power surge or another mechanical problem, the dryer won’t heat up. Usually replacing these fuses is an easy and inexpensive repair that a repair person can do quickly. 


It’s Making Weird Noises

If your dryer is making weird vibrations or thumping sounds when it’s running, this could be for a variety of reasons. Start by making sure that the dryer is level and not off balance. The legs of the dryer can be adjusted and should be equal on each side. You will also want to check for small items that may have been clogged in the drum. You may need to take a closer look but removing these items can solve the problem. 


If you’re hearing a loud thumping, this may be due to clothing being knotted or balled up and causing the dryer to make funny noises. Make sure that you’re putting in your clothes properly and not just throwing them in there. These are simple fixes, but if your dryer is still making weird noises, be sure to contact your local appliance repair service. It could be something more, and instead of letting the problem continue, get it fixed right away. 


The Dryer Won’t Start

If your dryer won’t start this could be due to the door latch not being able to properly engage. Check your door’s latch for any excess lint or debris. If there is buildup on the door latch, the machine won’t register that the door is actually closed, and therefore won’t be able to start. You also want to check the power supply, including the fuses and circuit breakers. Be sure to check your dryer’s internal thermal fuse; if it is blown, the dryer will not start. These can all be relatively easy fixes, but you want to be extremely careful when checking things like electrical fuses and dealing with heavy machinery. To be safe, it’s usually recommended that you allow a technician to take a look at these things. 


There are a number of reasons that your washer and dryer aren’t working properly but we hope that this helped! Let us help you get the problem fixed efficiently. The Appliance Squad is your number one company for all things appliance repair. We’ve been serving the Tampa Bay area since 2016 and have a vast amount of knowledge surrounding all your repair issues. All of our technicians are licensed, insured, and have years of experience. Connect with us today, and get your stove working again!


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