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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10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

3559029_l (1)As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  Continue reading

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.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

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

Replacing a washer suspension spring how-to repair video

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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Washer does not fill or fills slowly with water

If your washing machine doesn’t fill or fills slowly with water, it could be a problem with the washer fill hoses or water-inlet valve.

WH13X10024 GE Water Inlet Water Valves

WH13X10024 GE Water Inlet Water Valves. Washing Machine Part

A slow filling washer is usually caused by a clogged screen either on the end of your washer fill hose or on the water-inlet valve, a part inside your appliance. Sediment and minerals in water (especially well water) can clog up either one or both of these screens, blocking water from reaching your washing machine. This more commonly happens in the cold water hose, but sediment and mineral deposits can build upon the end of both hoses and on both screens.

First, turn off the water supply to your washer. Next, unscrew the water fill hoses from your washer. Check the end of each hose to see if there is a screen inside. If there is, use a tweezers to remove it and clean, or try using a cotton swab to clean the screen inside of the hose. If this is not possible, replace the inlet hoses with new ones. Consider upgrading to stainless steel braided hoses which are more resistant to bursting.

Next, check the back of the washer where the washer hoses connected and look at the fill valve screen. If the screen is clogged with dirt or sediment, replace with a new water-inlet valve.

To find the right part for your washing machine, locate it’s model number and use that when searching or ordering your part from www.pcappliancerepair.com. For more washer repair help, visit the Washer Repair Help Section.

Why won’t my washing machine spin? Washer repair help

If your washing machine is no longer spinning, it might be due to a faulty  motor coupler, faulty clutch  (top load washers) or water level switch.

Washer Clutch assembly part

Clutch Kit commonly used on Direct Drive model Whirlpool/Kenmore brands clothes washers.
Part number: 285785

Before taking apart your washer, unplug the machine and turn off the water to the supply lines and disconnect them from your washer. Also, carefully remove the drain hose as water could still be in the hose and it might spill on to your floor.

If your washer makes a noise when you manually advance the timer to a spin cycle, but it is not actually spinning, then it could be a problem with the motor transmission or motor coupler.

The washing machine motor coupler is a small, relatively inexpensive washing machine part that is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. This protects your transmission from excessive loading. It can wear out over time, crack or split. Inspect the part to see if it is worn or broken and replace it.

Top-loading washing machines typically use a clutch system which connects between the transmission and the inner tub to move the tub and cause it to spin. Overtime, this part can wear out. If you notice that your clothes are wetter than normally coming out of the washer, it might be due to this part weakening and wearing out. Replace this part.

The water level switch controls how much water enters the tub according to load size. If it is not resetting once the water has drained, power will not be available to operate the motor during spin. The part will need to be replaced.

To find the right part for your washing machine, locate it’s model number and use that when searching or ordering your part from www.pcappliancerepair.com. For more washer repair help, visit the Washer Repair Help Section.