Appliance technician working on a front load washing machine in a laundry room

Life without your washing machine would be difficult, as you’d have to find a laundromat to do your washing, or worse, wash everything by hand. Contemporary washing machines are complicated, and when they run into trouble, they sometimes need a professional to fix them. But how do you know when to call a pro?

The Machine Won’t Turn On

A machine that won’t turn on at all or just shuts down in the middle of a cycle feels like an emergency. It may be simply that the circuit breaker has tripped and needs resetting. There may also be something wrong with the outlet your machine is plugged into. If the machine doesn’t work or shuts down frequently, you need to call a professional.

Weird Vibrations

Even healthy washing machines vibrate when they work, but if the machine vibrates to the point where it’s bouncing around, it might be due to an uneven floor or failing suspension rods. It can also be as simple as all the clothes bunched up in one area of the drum or washing a very light load.

The Drum Won’t Spin

While a washing machine may bounce if its load is too small, on the other hand, it may not spin if its load is too large. If taking out some of the clothes doesn’t help, the problem may be a blockage in the drain pump or a failing control board or motor. This needs a professional to repair.

Problems With Drainage

A clog may also be the culprit if your machine doesn’t drain all the way. Objects from soap scum to errant socks to items that fall out of pockets can block the drain pipe. This problem can usually be solved by clearing out the filter or drain pipe. This task may be simple but not particularly easy, so you may need the help of a professional.

Water Leaks

Puddles on the floor around your washing machine can be caused when even the normal vibrations of a washing machine loosen a water hose. In that case, all that needs to be done is for the hose connection to be tightened up. Other causes can be worn-out seals or washers or damaged drain hoses.

When to Replace

Though a properly maintained washing machine can last a long time, experts recommend that it be replaced if it’s over eight years old and starting to give you trouble. It’s also better to replace the machine if the issue is so serious that fixing it would cost at least half of what it would cost to buy a new one. Another reason to replace a machine is if the warranty has expired, and it keeps breaking down even if it’s fairly new.

Learn More About Washing Machine Repair and Replacement

Knowing when to repair or replace a washing machine can be tricky, but appliance repair professionals can help. With that in mind, don’t hesitate to rely on the services of Round to It Appliance Repair in Wichita. We not only repair washing machines, but our team can assist with dryers, ovens, stoves, freezers, refrigerators, and dishwashers as well. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment for washer repair.