3 quick fixes for clothes washer problems - HMS National, Inc.

3 quick fixes for clothes washer problems

January 30, 2015

There's nothing worse than making it to laundry day, only to find that your clothes washer isn't working correctly. Many moving parts make up your washer, so there are lots of little things that can go wrong. However, many times, the problem might just be something that you can fix yourself. Here are a few easy solutions to common clothes washer problems.

1. Check your circuits
If you've loaded everything up and the washer simply won't turn on, you might have blown a fuse. Check your circuit breaker to see if one is tripped. If necessary, reset the breaker. Another issue might be that the water supply has been shut off. Make sure that the valves are in the right position to allow the machine to get water.

2. Straighten the hoses
Another issue many homeowners face is that the machine turns on, but the tub doesn't fill with water. It's certainly a hassle to expect a load of laundry to be washed, only to find the cycle never started. If this is the case, there's likely something impeding your water supply. The first quick fix is to check the inlet hose filters on your hot and cold water supplies. You should also examine these hoses to ensure they are straight with no kinks, as this can prevent water from getting to your machine.

3. Lighten the load
When your washer's cycle starts okay but stops after the tub is filled with water, chances are that the load is too heavy. Try not to pack too many towels or other heavy items into the clothes washer at once. Instead, break them up into smaller loads. When you have this problem, try taking a few items out and waiting a few minutes for the machine to start up. This issue can also be a signal that the lid safety switch has been tripped. Make sure the door to your washer is closed tightly to get the cycle going again.

If these solutions don't work, there might be a mechanical problem with your washer. That's when you know it's time to file a claim with your HMS® Home Warranty and get a service technician to diagnose your machine. 

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.