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Troubleshooting Some Common Washing Machine Issues

As a homeowner, dealing with appliance issues comes with the territory. Unfortunately, some appliances are harder to troubleshoot than others. For example, washing machines are one of the harder appliances for homeowners to identify problems with. That's mostly because they aren't as likely to malfunction as often as other appliances because they aren't used as often in most households. Here's a look at a couple of common washing machine problems and what you should do about them.


One of the most common issues that homeowners encounter with their washing machines is leaking. If your washing machine is leaking, it's often due to a loose pipe fitting on the drain line or a crack in that line that's allowing water to flow to the floor. 

In less common cases, it may be the result of a crack in the washer tub, but those are far more complicated repairs. If you have replaced the drain line and there's a new fitting on that line, but you're still experiencing leaks, you should reach out to an appliance repair technician to determine the cause.

Not Draining

Another issue that you might encounter with your washing machine is the machine failing to drain. Typically, the washer drains the water after the wash cycle and after the rinse cycle, then the tub spins to get excess water out of the clothing. 

If the washer isn't draining, it's usually because there's a blockage in the drain line or in the drain outlet. In other cases, your washer may not be draining because the pump that draws the water out of the tub is malfunctioning. 

You can try replacing the drain line and clearing out the drain outlet, but if those things don't fix the problem, you should talk with an appliance repair technician about testing and replacing the pump if necessary.

Not Cycling

When your washer fails to complete all of the stages of the wash cycle, it can be really frustrating. For example, maybe your washer fills up, agitates, and then simply stops with no explanation.

In this case, the problem could be in the dial that controls the cycles. Sometimes, the switch that regulates the cycle's processing fails and then the washer can't complete the entire wash cycle. Because replacing this switch requires you to disassemble the washer's control panel, you should work with an appliance repair technician to address the problem. He or she can safely address your problem and restore your washer's operation.

If you've finished the troubleshooting process and find your machine still has issues, contact an expert at D-3/A-OK Appliance Service Inc.