Common washing machine problems and how to fix them
Washing machines are pretty sturdy devices, however, regular use can cause a little wear and tear which may result in you needing to carry out a quick fix. Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the most common problems and how to sort them out.
1. The washing machine won’t drain
Uh oh, the washing machine is full of water but it won’t drain away. This is usually caused by a blockage in the pump filter or waste pipe.
Solution: Turn off the washing machine at the isolation switch or unplug it and locate the filter on the bottom right-hand side of the appliance. To remove and clean the filter read our how to guide. If that doesn’t fix it, check that the drain hose has not been crushed, kinked or twisted and that the waste pipe the washing machine is connected to is not blocked.
2. The washing machine door won’t open!
The programme has ended, you can see your freshly washed clothes in there but the door won’t budge.
Solution: Turn the machine off at the plug, wait 60 seconds and then turn it back on again. If this doesn’t work, or there’s still water visible inside the drum, follow our how to guide.
3. The washing machine moves around when spinning
Is your machine making a thunderous noise and bouncing around the room? There are a few ways to fix this problem.
Solution: Check your washing machine is standing level and firmly on all its feet and adjust if necessary. Ensure the floor is firm and that your washing machine is not standing on carpet. A machine that’s not level or unstable is going to move while a spin cycle is underway, which could cause damage. Check the washing machine feet and ensure these are all level too. Also, try to avoid overloading the machine, as this can cause an imbalance.