Whether you own your own machine or you use machines on campus, at a laundromat, or in a shared multi-housing unit, it is important that your machine works. There are dozens of ways a washing machine can break or have an issue. Many of these issues may require hiring a laundry machine repair professional, but some can be solved with DIY methods. Here are some of the most common problems and their solutions when using laundry machines.

What To Do If Your Laundry Machine Doesn’t Turn On

If your laundry machine doesn’t turn on it could be a very easy fix. Obviously the first thing you need to check on is that your machine is getting power. A multimeter can help you check the voltage for your machine. If there is no power you will need to check your circuit breakers to make sure they haven’t tripped. If your breakers haven’t tripped it could likely be an issue with your outlet. In that case, hiring an electrician is the best way to update your building’s outlets. Another reason your washing machine might not turn on is that the motor has overheated. It is normal for a motor to overheat from time to time, but if it happens frequently you will need to take a closer look at your machine and possibly hire a repairman. Another common issue is your lid sensor. A lid sensor stops a machine from running when the washing machine door is open. If the sensor is faulty or damaged it might not recognize when the door is shut. This could require replacement.

What To Do About Drainage Problems

If your machine is overflowing this is a sign of a drainage problem. Most commonly this is caused by a clogged drain hose. Simply remove the hose and check for clogs. You can also use a garden hose to flush out clogs and debris from your drain hose. If it isn’t the hose, your drain pump may be the issue. Your pump may be jammed by foreign objects (coins, pens, and other hard items that can get wedged). You will need to check the pump for these items to ensure that your pump isn’t getting jammed. Lastly, if you use more than the recommended amount of detergent, you will get too many suds, which will prevent the drain pump from draining quickly. When this happens, you will need to wait for your machine to drain.

 What To Do When Your Laundry Machine Doesn’t Spin

If you load your laundry and it doesn’t spin there are a few probable causes. The primary cause is that you have overloaded the machine. Overloaded machines become unbalanced and cannot properly spin. This can also be caused by clothing that is unevenly distributed. You can solve these problems by unloading the machine and loading a smaller load. Motor issues can also be responsible for a lack of spinning. You will need a laundry machine repairman to check your motor for issues.

Work With Automatic Laundry

One of the benefits of working with Automatic Laundry is having direct access to our mechanics and customer service experts. Our team is dedicated to helping you troubleshoot and solve problems with your machines. All of our machines are installed by professional mechanics and can be maintained if need be. Give us a call or contact us online to learn about getting our machines installed in your laundromat.