Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.

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How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a washer

Some washer parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a washing machine according to sales from our website.

Three most commonly replaced parts on a washer

Agitator Dogs – Also called agitator directional cogs ( or dog ears), these cogs or dogs are made of hard plastic and can wear out over time. If your top-loading washer will not rotate or agitate your wash, and you can turn the top of the agitator without turning the bottom of the agitator, then you may need to replace this part.

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Why Does My Washer Make A Loud Noise?

Noise during or after the spin cycle could indicate a problem with the drain pump or pump and motor assembly (depending on your model). A noisy washer can indicate something as simple as an unbalanced load or a metal buckle from clothing hitting the drum when washing, or else a more serious problem from a defective washer part. Determining the causes behind a noisy washer might take some time and some parts that are causing the noise are incredibly time-consuming to reach and replace.  Here are some things you can check and some parts that might be causing noise from your washing machine.

One simple thing you can do is run your washer without anything inside (so an empty load). This will allow you to listen to the appliance at work. It might also indicate that the problem is not with your washer, but with a particular load of laundry. However, if you do notice an unusual noise, try to take note at what part of the cycle you hear it as this might give you a clue as to what part could be causing the noise.

While your washer is off and empty, spin the tub or drum by hand. If you hear a lot of noise or there is a lot of back and forth wobbling movement, this might indicate a problem with the drum’s support parts or bearing.

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How to make your washer and dryer last

Washer and Dryer Washers and dryers that are sold today have a life expectancy from 10 – 14 years, depending on who you ask.  To make sure you are getting the full life expectancy out of your washer and dryer, here are some tips.

How to Make Your Washer Last

  • Check your inlet or fill hoses every year for leaks and damage. Change your hoses every five years. Over time, rubber hoses can weaken, leak, or even burst, which can lead to catastrophic water damage in your home.
  • Use HE laundry detergent in HE washers and be sure to use only the amount necessary.
  • Run your machine using full-loads (but not overstuffed) as smaller loads tend to easily become unbalanced.
  • Clean your machine regularly.

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Why Won’t My Washer Drain?

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You load your washing machine and start the wash cycle like any other day.  It fills, agitates, but doesn’t drain, leaving you with a washer full of water and wet clothes.  If you’ve found yourself in this situation, there is a good chance that you can repair this yourself by checking a few common areas on your washer.

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The Outer Drain Hose 

The Outer Drain Hose will usually be the larger hose on the back of your washer.  One end will be connected to the Drain Pump and the other will typically be in a designated Continue reading

Why Does My Washer Vibrate? Causes Behind a Washer That Moves and Shakes

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Replacing a washer suspension spring how-to repair video

If your washer vibrates or moves across the floor during the spin cycle, it might be due to improper leveling, flooring or possibly a broken or worn part on your machine. Here are some things to do and parts to check in order to fix the problem yourself.

Uneven load

This is the simplest fix. Stop the washer and try redistributing the load or try adding more items to the load. Be sure to “balance” you laundry loads by washing similarly-weight items together. Example, wash a load of towels together, a load of shirts together or with items of a similar weight. However, if your washer continues to vibrate or walk across the floor regardless of load size, then it’s time to look at other reasons.
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Spring Cleaning and Your Laundry Room Appliances

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Your washer and dryer need spring cleaning too. Here’s how to clean them and what parts to check for wear and tear. Check out our Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen Appliances.

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Use a washer cleaner like affresh Washer Tub Cleaner to clean the inside of your washer. Affresh breaks up odor causing residue, mold and mildew that can lead to bad smells from your washer, especially in HE washers.

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What’s new in appliances from CES 2015

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Washers within washers, appliances controlled by apps and appliances that talk to each other were showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show which just closed in Las Vegas this month.

Among the appliances unveiled, Whirlpool showed off a Smart Top Load washer with a  touchscreen that simply asks what you’re washing and how you want it be cleaned, replacing confusing settings like “permanent press.” Instead, Continue reading

Why does my washing machine make my clothes smell?

washingmachinesmellIf your washer leaves your laundry smelling bad it might be time to clean your washer. Dirt, grime, soap-scum and odor -causing bacteria might be hanging out inside your washer and transferring to your clothes.  If you have a front-loading, high-efficiency washer, you could have a worse bacteria problem, as the sealed environment keeps water and moisture in causing bacteria to grow.

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Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan