Your washer can save you a lot of work but if it is faulty, then it means more dirty laundry in your house. There are many reasons why your top or front load washer will not operate normally. These could be anything from power supply cut, switch problems to motors that won’t spin. If your washer is showing any of these signs, then you need washer repair. Though fixing the machine would seem like the quickest and convenient way to get your washer running, it would be ideal to hire a washer technician for professional service.
When a washing machine repairman visits your home to inspect your washing machine, he/she may identify one or multiple problems that you could have easily overlooked. Though washer problems may be many, here are the most common ones and how they can be fixed:
Door switch strike
You could have this problem if you have a front load washer. The door switch functions as a safety feature and it must be closed while the door must be locked. The washer will not function with a faulty door switch. If the switch is not working properly, the washer will not function too. A washer technician will inspect the strike where it interlocks with the door lock hardware and ensure that the lock is working properly. The technician will also needs to inspect this door switch for continuity with a multi-meter. Disconnect the washer’s power supply first before this test. If there isn’t any continuity, the technician will recommend a replacement of the door switch.
Call your residential washer repairman if you suspect that your washer’s motor drive has a problem. If the drive motor won’t turn or makes unusual humming noises, then it’s faulty. Your technician will test the motor by removing its belts and running it. If it turns, then there could be another issue that will be identified by the expert. If the motor doesn’t run at all after all the tests, then it has to be replaced.
Another common problem with top load washers is a faulty lid switch. A lid switch is a safety feature in top load washers located under the lid. The motor will not start with an open lid and if it’s defective, the washer won’t start. The switch in some washer models controls a valve which allows in water. If it’s faulty, then the washer won’t fill with water. Sometimes the washer won’t start if the lid switch is not being pressed by a pusher located on the lid. This could be caused by a faulty switch. A wash machine service technician can test the lid switch for continuity. If there isn’t any continuity, the lid switch will have to be replaced.
Faulty start switch timer
A start switch timer on a top load washer should start the washer after pulling out the timer knob. If it fails, your washing machine repairman will use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If no continuity exists, a new timer or start switch has to be installed.
Finally, it is important to clean your washer at least once a month. Take note of any repair signs early enough and save your household the burden of dirty clothes by calling the wash machine service technician for thorough inspection of the appliance and also to fix the damage.
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