Troubleshooting Guide for Washing Machines

Most homes in Australia have a washing machine, and inevitably, these laundry appliances will break down at some point; it is just a matter of how and when. Most homeowners often want a quick fix for their faulty washing machines, but unfortunately there's none, not if they're to do the repair work successfully and effectively. The following guide provides useful information on some of the most common problems many homeowners experience with their washing machines and how they can be diagnosed and remedied.

Machine not running at all

If your washing machine won't run when you set on any cycle, it may not be getting power supply at all. Be sure the appliance is securely plugged in to the power source and it is turned on. If possible, use a voltage tester or some other appliance to make sure the electrical outlet is working just fine. If the machine suddenly stopped working instead of continuing on to the next cycle, chances are high that it could have been overloaded and the circuit breaker may have tripped. To fix the problem, you will need to remove some of the clothing and other washable items in the tub to reduce the load so that the machine can continue operating normally. 

If your machine still does not make any noise when you operate it, then any of its various electrical components may be faulty. Call in a professional electrician to inspect and repair the machine.

Machine drum not spinning

There could be a number of reasons why your machine's tub or drum won't spin when the machine is turned on. If you are operating an old model, it is most likely that the washing machine belt, which drives the motion of the drum where clothes are spun, is overly worn and needs to be replaced. But then again, the issue may be with any of the various electrical components of the machine, including the motor, carbon brushes, capacitors, pressure switch, bearings, speed control devices, etc. 

The belt in most modern newer models of washing machines is designed to outlast the machine itself. Therefore, the problem may most likely be due to faulty electrical components, like the ones listed above. Regardless of what type or model of machine you use, you will need a competent electrician to look into the issue.

Machine operates noisily

Washing machines are designed and built to run as quietly as possible. If you can hear any unusually loud noise coming from your machine when it is operating, something might be stuck in the tub, the bearings may be failing, some parts may be loose or something may be trapped in the drain hose and has clogged the pump. If the issue is a loose or faulty electrical component, you will need to call in an electrician. If it is drain-related, you may need a plumber.