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Washing Machine not Spinning? A Guide to Washing Machine Problems

Have you got washing machine problems? Don’t panic! Before calling out a professional, here are some simple ideas to try, which could fix some of the most common washing machine issues. Before you begin, be sure to have your washing machine manual on hand – not everyone knows exactly where the pressure switch or water pipes are!

Consulting your washing machine manual is always a good idea to help you troubleshoot what could be wrong with your machine.

Remember: follow any instructions your washing machine manual provides for these simple repairs and make sure your machine is switched off and unplugged at the mains before attempting to solve any minor electrical issues.  

 

Why is my Washing Machine Not Spinning?

1. Is the load unbalanced?

YES: If you’ve washed a load of heavy bath towels, a weight imbalance can affect the sensors. Try to wash a mix of large and small items to keep everything working.  

NO: If you’re sure that your machine is not unbalanced or overfilled, the next step is to check whether or not the machine is draining properly as this can be a cause.  

 

2. Are the outlet pipes blocked?

YES: If your outlet pipes are blocked, water won’t drain and the spin cycle won’t start. If you have a smelly washing machine this can be a sign of blocked drainage pipes – give your machine a wash following these tips.  

NO: If the water is successfully being drained from the drum, that’s a good sign. However, your washing machine may still think there is water there when there isn’t. Try the next step.  

 

3. Is the pressure switch faulty?

YES: The pressure switch tells the machine that the water has been drained. You can test your switch by blowing into the tube and listening for a ‘click’ sound.  

NO: If the pressure switch appears to be working as normal, it’s a good idea to call an electrician who will be able to further inspect the machine to identify a problem.  

 

My Washing Machine Won’t Turn On

1. Is the washing machine plugged in?

YES: If the plug is pressed all the way in, it’s a good idea to temporarily unplug it and plug a different device into the same socket just to double check it all works.  

NO: It may sound obvious, but plugs can easily become loose over time if the cable is tugged. Pull your machine out from the wall and press the plug firmly back into place.  

 

2. Is the washing machine door shut?

YES: If your washing machine won’t turn on but the door is firmly and securely closed, it is possible that there is a problem with the electrical supply to the machine. You should call an electrician to fix the problem.  

NO: Many washing machines will not turn on if the door isn’t securely shut to prevent leaks and reduce risks of accident and injury, particularly for children.

 

3. Has the fuse turned black?

YES: If you have a glass fuse and can see that there is a problem – the fuse will have turned black – consult an electrician, they can replace the fuse for you.  

NO: If the reason for your washing machine not turning on isn’t clear, call an electrician. Never attempt to undertake electrical work by yourself.  ]

 

Why is my Washing Machine Making Loud Noises?

1. Has the machine moved out of place?

YES: If you’ve overfilled your washing machine, or are washing a heavy load, an imbalance may cause your machine to ‘walk’ forwards, making a racket as it moves.  

NO: If your washing machine is still in the exact same place as it was when you filled it, balance problems are unlikely and it may suggest a problem with internal motors.  

 

2. Is the machine stable on the floor when you give it a gentle nudge?

YES: If all four feet of the washing machine are firmly on the ground, it’s a good idea to inspect inside the drum for obvious issues before calling a professional.  

NO: If your washing machine tips like a table with a wobbly leg, it will constantly tip back and forth during the spin cycle which could be the source of the loud noises. Make sure your machine is sitting on a level surface.  

 

3. Are there any loose objects inside the drum?

YES: Give the drum a spin with your hand and check for any loose items such as coins or small toys that have fallen out of pockets and could be clinking around during the cycle.

NO: If you have been unable to locate the source of the noise, there may be a problem with the internal workings of the machine. It’s best to call a professional.  

 

My Washing Machine Is Not Filling with Wate

1. Is the washing machine door shut properly?

YES: If the door is securely shut and the lock is engaged (if your machine features one), it suggests that the issue is connected to the water pipes or water supply.  

NO: Many machines will not fill with water if the door is not securely fastened to prevent leaks. Shut the door properly and attempt to start the cycle again.  

 

2. Are the water pipes connected securely from the machine to the water supply?

YES: If your washing machine is not filling up with water, it could suggest that the water pipes may be blocked and require cleaning, which is a very simple task – follow the recommended instructions in your manual.  

NO: The cold water pipe should be fastened to the blue supply valve, and the hot water pipe (if applicable) to the red valve. Also check for leaks behind the machine. If there’s a leak, it’s time to call in a plumber.

 

3. Are there any blockages in the water pipes or valve filters?

YES: If the valve filter is dirty, carefully use flat pliers to remove as much of the blockage as possible, taking care not to create any holes in the filter. Consult your machine’s manual for any specific instructions on cleaning blockages.

NO: If your pipes and filters look clear and you have been unable to determine a cause of the problem, consider calling a plumber to double check your water supply.  

Do you have any tips for solving simple washing machines problems at home? Share them with us in a comment below.

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