Troubleshooter's Guide to Appliances Clothes Washer
A short troubleshooting guide to help you diagnose and fix problems with your clothes washer.
HANDY CHECKLIST FOR INDIVIDUAL APPLIANCES
AUTOMATIC CLOTHES WASHER
Problem: Water does not run into washer.
1. Cause: Faucets not open.
Remedy: Check faucets to be sure they are open.
2. Cause: Kink in hose.
Remedy: Straighten hose.
3. Cause: Screens stopped up.
Remedy: Remove hose at faucets and/or washer and clean screens.
Problem: Water to washer is cold.
1. Cause: Inadequate hot-water supply.
Remedy: Do not use hot water for other major purposes while washer is in operation. Or, install an electric water heater with a larger capacity or an additional heater to furnish adequate hot water for all purposes.
2. Cause: Water-heater thermostat set too low.
Remedy: Have thermostat adjusted per manufacturer's instructions to obtain 150 deg. temperature at faucet.
3. Cause: Hoses reversed.
Remedy: Check hoses; if reversed, switch to proper position.
Problem: Water does not drain from washer.
1. Cause: Kink in discharge hose.
Remedy: Straighten hose. If this does not eliminate the problem, call serviceman.
Problem: Water leaks on floor.
1. Cause: Faucet or hose connections loose.
Remedy: Turn off water faucets and tighten connections. See if mixing valve is cracked.
2. Cause: Wrong kind of detergent.
Remedy: Follow manufacturer's instructions.
Problem: Water pipes vibrate excessively when washing.
1. Cause: Water hammer in pipes.
Remedy: Have risers installed in supply lines to absorb shock.
Problem: Washer vibrates when in operation, especially in spin cycle.
1. Cause: Washer not level.
Remedy: Check position of washer with level. If not perfectly level, adjust leveling screws or insert thin strips of wood under base to bring unit level.
2. Cause: Improper loading.
Remedy: Follow manufacturer's instructions on proper loading of washer.
Problem: Clothes do not get clean.
1. Cause: Water not hot enough.
Remedy: Check temperature of water with a thermometer. It should be 150 deg. . Turn up water-heater thermostat if necessary, per manufacturer's instructions. Avoid laundering right after heavy use of hot water for other purposes.
2. Cause: Insufficient detergent.
Remedy: Follow detergent manufacturer's instructions for recommended amount to use.
Problem: Clothes come out of washer too wet.
1. Cause: Controls not properly set.
Remedy: Follow manufacturer's instructions on proper control setting.
2. Cause: Washer shut off automatically because of vibration during spin cycle.
Remedy: Rearrange load to prevent vibration.
3. Cause: Not spinning properly at high speed.
Remedy: Call serviceman.
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