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Monday, October 8, 2007


What Happens When Your Washing Machine Just Doesn't Work?

What happens when your washing machine just doesn't work? Or, more accurately, what happens after you kick the machine, say a few unsavory words and drag your laundry to the Laundromat? Don't fret. Most people would immediately start their search of a new washer, but what most people don't know is that most repairs can be done yourself. What happens next is that you should begin investigating why your machine isn't working and take the necessary steps to fix it so that you can once again do laundry in the comfort of your own home.

There are many different reasons why a washing machine may suddenly stop working. Some are easy fixes that do not require you to purchase any appliance parts nor to make any repairs. For example, you should make sure that the machine is securely plugged in, set to the right settings and that the door is completely closed. Next, make sure that there is no problem with the power supply and that the fuse or circuit leading the washing machine is working properly. If you have any doubt about the electricity then you should test the outlet for an electric current. You also should make sure that the water supply valves are turned on and operating correctly.

If none of those simple fixes correct the problem, then it is time to test some of the different parts of the washing machine. Many websites that specialize in appliance repair can give you step by step instructions for testing various parts of your washing machine. Some common parts to test include, the water level switch, the lid switch, the water inlet valve, the water pump, the centrifugal switch and the motor. Once you have tested and found the problem, it is a simple repair from that point.

Many of the websites that you use for instructions on how to test the parts of your washing machine also sell high quality washing machine parts such as Whirlpool parts. It is important to purchase new and high quality parts so that your machine will continue to operate well for many years to come. Many times people take the shortcut and try to buy aftermarket Maytag parts or Frigidaire parts. Once aftermarket parts are installed on your washing machine, it automatically voids any factory warranty you had on the machine. Also, the aftermarket parts are not up to the same quality and usually do not come with a warranty that most genuine appliance parts have.

A broken washing machine can be a big distraction. It costs a lot of time and energy, not to mention frustration, to do your laundry elsewhere while your machine is out of service. So, take the time to test your washing machine and fix the required parts so that it is up and running again quickly.