Tip of the Month:
Check Water Hoses for Leaks
Check water hoses annually for signs of wear or weakness. Even a small blister in the hose will eventually rupture. Manufacturers recommend replacing hoses every three to five years. Replace them with high quality stainless steel fill hoses for more peace of mind.
September 2010 Newsletter
So much laundry is piling up, your laundry room is starting to resemble an obstacle course! Your washing machine is on the fritz, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. School is starting, and with all the supplies, meetings and running around after the kids...whew! You start up some laundry, but when you come back later to check on it, you notice something isn’t right. What can you do? Check out the advice below from the RepairGurus at repairclinic.com:
Here are some potential causes and solutions:
1. A coin or other small item may be stuck inside the machine’s drain pump, causing it to stop without completing the cycle. Many washers today use drain pumps with coin/pin traps that can be removed to clear obstacles from the pump. It is not unusual for coins or other small items to get down into the pump and damage its impeller. If this happens, a new drain pump will be needed. (This is especially common on front loaders, the cycle will not complete if it does not spin out.)
2. The lid switch is no longer working properly and may need to be replaced.
If the lid switch is defective, the washing machine may not spin or, in some cases, even function at all. The switch is inside the washing machine main housing near the door/lid frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, you will need to replace it.
3. The motor coupler may be worn or defective. Many washers produced by Whirlpool® use a small, relatively inexpensive motor coupling. This ingenious little device helps to protect several expensive components from damage caused by overloading. It's plastic and rubber and is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other. Over time, if the machine is overloaded, the coupler wears out and fails. If this happens, you need to replace it.
4. Many washing machines have one or two belts. If a belt is broken or badly worn, it should be replaced with a genuine belt from the manufacturer. (Some washing machine belts are designed with special characteristics not found in automotive or other multi-use belts.)