How to Identify Faults For Washing Machines

I am a washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer engineer, and my customers are usually pretty good at explaining what the fault is. However, a few extra tips from an engineers point of view might suffice to help you as a Customer to help me trace a fault quickly. It could be very helpful if as much information as possible is given to the build-up leading up to when the machine started to go wrong. If the fault description is not quite right, its easy to start at the wrong end of the problem and waste a lot of time.(a classic case of going round the moon to get to your…..well I’ll leave it there!). Sometimes its difficult because you switch it on and walk away and you don’t notice anything until it goes obviously horribly wrong. Take time out and observe exactly what’s happening and at what point its happening maytag washer repair los angeles.

Before you call an engineer there are some simple checks that you can do, which not only can help an engineer if you call one but, you never know, you might avoid calling him out at all. There are the obvious faults, of cause. If the machine is full of water and not draining, (also, this produces another symptom, the machine will not spin the clothes at the end of the wash programme, its not the spin function that’s wrong its the fact that there’s water still in the drum which will stop it spinning). Try this, some machines have a drain only function, this eliminates any noise from something else happening, like the drum turning for instance, if there isn’t a drain only function select a spin and there should be a minute or two before the drum starts turning meanwhile you should hear the sound of the drain pump churning. Can you hear anything? No! then the drain pumps not working. If its a Yes! then there is a blockage somewhere.

The other obvious one is if nothing happens at all when you switch on, some machines have some form of ‘mains on’ indicator light, if its not on when you push the mains switch on then there is no power going to the machine. Check the mains electric socket that the machine uses, plug a table lamp into the socket, and see if you’ve got power to the machine. If not, check the fuse in the plug, sounds obvious, but its worth checking. If you’ve got power to the machine then its possibly the door switch on the door of the machine, so you would call an engineer for that.

If its being incredibly naughty and spilling water all over the floor (then you’ve got the Deluxe model there then..it cleans your floor as well!). Turn everything off like the water taps (usually under the sink) to the machine and unplug the mains plug, then call someone. That goes for the machine tripping safety switches or blowing electric mains fuses as well. What I mean is those faults that the machine is working but then stops or doesn’t do something that it should. Try a few things out first, does the timer stop at the same point in the cycle? On electo-mechanical timer units (you can identify this type as the dial you set your programme with and clicks on a detent mechanism as you turn it around, and turns around as the wash programme advances). If it stops or the machine just carries on indefinitely doing the same function with the timer just sticking in the same place or you have to click the timer on one click and the machine carries on. Before you do that though, mark it with a pencil on the dial and on the corresponding part of the panel. Then the engineer can see the exact point the fault is occurring. This type of fault can indicate a heater or timer problem.

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