Your Washing Machine’s Weakest Spots and Easy Fixes

clothes in the washerMost appliances are designed to last, but they won’t last forever. Washing machines, in particular, are the hard workers in any household. That’s why when something goes wrong, it’s a big inconvenience and a quick fix is needed.

At Discount Appliance Repair, we have performed hundreds of washer repairs and have a good idea about why and how most of them malfunction. We’ve put together a list of the most common problems your washer may experience, some of which you might be able to fix yourself.


Power Supply Problems

Sometimes, when the washer doesn’t turn on or stops working unexpectedly, there could be a problem with power supply. To make sure there is power in an outlet, plug in a smaller appliance, such as a blow drier. If there is no power, check your circuit breaker, as well as power in the rest of your house. If the outlet is fine, you might have an overheated motor or other electrical problems that prevent your machine from restarting.

Lid Switch Issues

A lid switch is there to make sure no parts of your body are in contact with the washer’s moving parts when the cycle begins. Most washers will not run until the top lid is closed or the front door is shut if you have a front-loader. On occasion, the lid switch may get stuck or dislodged, so the washer treats a closed lid like it’s open and won’t start agitating/spinning. The good news is that it’s typically an easy fix requiring a minor adjustment.


Finding a puddle around your washer is not uncommon. Some of the typical causes of such leaks include:

-      Loose or damaged hoses

-      Using too much detergent in soft water and oversudsing

-      Dirt buildup on a door seal on front-loaders

If you check all of the above and the leak doesn’t stop, be sure to contact us for washer repair in Alexandria, Va. Our repair technicians will determine the cause of the leak and perform a timely repair.

A Rusty Tub

If your washer’s tub is not made of plastic, it’s most likely prone to rusting. Rusty spots become rough and can often damage your clothes by leaving rips and snags. Find such spots by going over the tub with a piece of thin fabric, such as a nylon stocking. If the tub surface isn’t smooth, you’ll notice snags in the fabric. You can sand down rusty spots or replace your washer if rusting is extensive.

Clogged Drains and Inlet Hoses

Because clothes are made of fabric, there is lint involved. Lint, as well as various items you fail to remove from the pockets, may clog the hoses. As a result, your washer will start filling slower or won’t fill at all. It may also have trouble draining and will leave the clothes too wet after a spin cycle. To solve these problems, simply disconnect the hoses and clean them with a long thin brush. Also check and clean lint filters if you have any. You can check the hoses on a regular basis to catch clogging on early stages and prolong the life of your washer.

Other common non-mechanical issues with washers include stinky smell caused by detergent buildup, as well as strong vibrations due to uneven or weak sub-floor. Our washer repair pros can diagnose and fix those and many other washing machine problems. Give us a call if you have any questions!