If your washer isn’t draining or spinning the clothes before the cycle finishes, you’ll know. When you go to transfer your load, your clothes will be sopping wet and heavy. Does this mean you need to replace your washing machine?
Not necessarily. Before you start browsing catalogs for a new machine, let the Top Shelf Services team take a look. We may be able to save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars on a replacement washing machine.
However, if your machine is over ten years old, it may make more financial sense to replace it. We’ll let you know what your best possible next steps should be after we take a look at your washer.
Reasons Your Washer Has Stopped Spinning and/or Draining
It may seem like spinning and draining issues for a washing machine are two separate things. But you may be surprised to learn that they both can happen from a common cause. What that cause is, of course, can be different, depending on what exactly is wrong with your machine.
Here are some of the more common reasons we tend to see washer breakdowns involving spinning and draining issues.
Unbalanced Laundry Loads
An unbalanced load of laundry can cause your machine to have draining and/or spinning issues. Before you load your washer, make sure that you keep your clothing below the line of the barrel.
If you’re confident that your laundry loads are reasonable in size, check the balance of your machine. A washing machine that isn’t on even ground can wobble as it spins. That wobbling can disrupt your cycle and make your machine less effective.
Fortunately, it’s easy to stabilize your washing machine and re-run a troublesome load, should the need arise.
Too Much Soap
If you use too much soap in your washing machine, this too can cause problems with how water drains out of the machine. Double-check the instructions on the bottle of laundry detergent to see exactly how much soap you should use.
You should be able to get away with using a little less soap and getting a load of laundry that’s as clean. In fact, it’s actually better to use less soap when you can. Soap can gunk up the works and cause problems with your machine’s functions later on if too much of it collects in certain places.
Drain Hose Damage
If your washer can’t drain all the water out of it, this may be because the water has nowhere to go. This happens when you have a problem with your drain hose. If the hose has any damage to it, this can affect how and if the water can drain properly.
This can even happen if there’s a bend in the drain hose. Anything that affects your washer’s ability to drain water out of it properly will cause the water to back into the washer because it simply has nowhere else to go.
Extension Cord Failures
If you use an extension cord, you can actually cause your washing machine to overheat. As a safety measure, the machine shuts down, which causes the load to stop in the middle – before it drains and/or spins out the laundry. You may need to call an electrician to come in and set you up with a better electrical situation for your washer.
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Don’t Delay Your Washer Repair
It can be a pain to contend with a damaged washing machine. Even so, you’ll want to reach out to local contractors as soon as you can after discovering the force preventing your washer from draining or spinning. The longer you leave washing machine damage unattended, the more likely it is that you’ll have to deal with:
Mold and Mildew
A washer that’s not able to drain water out of its barrel is going to become the perfect ecosystem for unwanted mold. Even if you’re not actively leaving clothing in your washing machine, there’s a risk of mold in your washing machine’s inner workings.
The sooner you can invest in the repairs that’ll keep water moving through your machine, the safer your home will be. Unattended mold can otherwise cause severe structural and health problems throughout your home.
A washing machine that’s struggling with internal damage can put the safety of your home at risk. Long-term exposure to standing water and/or extensive electrical strain can see the wiring inside of your machine malfunction. If you’re not careful, this could result in a house fire.
While your machine does have safety measures in place designed to limit wiring damage, you should still regularly take steps to protect your machine from damage. If you smell smoke coming from your washing machine or detect other signs of damage, contact local contractors as soon as possible.
Higher Energy Bills
Nothing’s more frustrating than watching your monthly energy bill creep up without understanding where the cost is coming from. If you find yourself re-running loads of laundry or contending with an uncooperative machine, though, there’s a chance that your washer is driving up your monthly expenses.
It’s often more efficient to invest in a new washing machine than it is to contend with a machine’s faults in the long term. You can even work with the box stores in your area to find a washing machine that conserves energy, lowering your monthly expenses even further.
Getting Ahead of Washing Machine Damage
You don’t have to wait for your washing machine to malfunction before you call on our team. Instead, consider scheduling regular washing machine inspections with one of our experts. We can come out to your home twice a year to ensure that your machine is still operating at full capacity.
These consistent inspections help us stay on top of your washing machine’s condition. It also allows us to respond to minor damage that, if left unattended, might disrupt your laundry schedule later down the line.
If Your Washer Is Giving You Problems, Our Team at Top Shelf Can Help!
You can count on Top Shelf Services to help you with all your washer repair needs. In fact, you can count on us to help you with any appliance repair needs you may have. We handle all makes and models of every household appliance there is, from washers and dryers to ice makers and freezers. We’re your one-stop shop for all things appliances!
Call or message us online for more information on the forces that can prevent your washer from draining or spinning. The sooner you contact our appliance experts, the sooner we can get your washing machine back into working order.
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