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Washing Machine Troubleshooting - Fix it Now (2024)

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By Mahbub RehmanPublished about a month ago 4 min read

Having trouble with your washing machine? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As a home appliance repair expert, I fix washers for myself and clients all the time. Today, I'm sharing my insights on some common issues and how you can fix them yourself.

When your washing machine stops working, it can be a real headache. But before you call in the professionals, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take. Let's dive into the most common problems and their solutions.

Common Troubleshooting

  1. Washing Machine Won't Start: When your machine doesn't power up.
  2. Water Not Filling: When the washer won't fill with water.
  3. Water Not Draining: When water remains in the drum after a wash cycle.
  4. Excessive Vibrations or Shaking: When the machine shakes violently during operation.
  5. Noisy Operation: When the washer makes unusual noises.
  6. Leaking Water: When you find water on the floor around the washer.
  7. Not Spinning Properly: When the drum won't spin.
  8. Foul Odors: When your washer smells bad.
  9. Displaying Error Codes: When error codes appear on the washer's display.

Washing Machine Won't Start

Common Reasons

  • Power supply issues
  • Door or lid switch problems
  • Tripped circuit breaker


  1. Check Power Supply: Ensure the washing machine is plugged in and the outlet is working. Test the outlet with another device.
  2. Door/Lid Switch: Make sure the door or lid is closed properly. Many machines won't start if the door isn't securely shut.
  3. Circuit Breaker: Check the circuit breaker to ensure it hasn't tripped.

I once found my washer wouldn’t start because the door wasn't fully closed. A simple push, and it started right up!

Water Not Filling

Common Reasons

  • Closed water supply valves
  • Kinked or blocked hoses
  • Clogged filter screens


  1. Water Supply: Ensure the water supply valves are fully open.
  2. Hoses: Check for kinks or blockages in the inlet hoses.
  3. Filter Screens: Clean the filter screens in the water inlet valve.

I had a client’s washer not filling with water because the filter screens were clogged. A quick clean, and it was back to normal!

Water Not Draining

Common Reasons

  • Kinked or clogged drain hose
  • Faulty drain pump
  • Blockages in the pump or filter


  1. Drain Hose: Ensure the drain hose isn't kinked or clogged.
  2. Pump: Listen for the sound of the drain pump. If it's not running, it may need to be replaced.
  3. Clogs: Check for blockages in the drain pump or filter.

Once, my GE Washer Not Draining was a nightmare. I found a sock blocking the drain pump. Clearing it solved the issue!

Excessive Vibrations or Shaking

Common Reasons

  • Machine not level
  • Unbalanced load
  • Unstable flooring


  1. Leveling: Ensure the machine is level. Adjust the legs if necessary.
  2. Load Balance: Avoid overloading or underloading the machine. Distribute clothes evenly.
  3. Flooring: Make sure the machine is on a solid, stable surface.

I once fixed a client’s washer that shook violently because it was on an uneven floor. A few adjustments, and it was as steady as a rock!

Noisy Operation

Common Reasons

  • Objects in drum
  • Worn bearings
  • Noisy pump


  1. Objects in Drum: Check for loose items like coins or buttons inside the drum.
  2. Bearing: Worn bearings can cause loud noises. They may need to be replaced.
  3. Pump: A noisy pump might indicate a blockage or need for replacement.

I had a washer making loud noises due to a loose coin in the drum. Removed it, and the noise was gone!

Leaking Water

Common Reasons

  • Leaky hoses
  • Damaged door seal
  • Incorrect detergent usage


  1. Hoses: Inspect inlet and drain hoses for leaks or loose connections.
  2. Door Seal: Check the door seal for damage or debris.
  3. Detergent: Ensure you're using the correct type and amount of detergent.

A client’s washer was leaking because they used too much detergent. Reducing the amount solved the problem!

Not Spinning Properly

Common Reasons

  • Unbalanced load
  • Faulty motor or belt
  • Incorrect spin cycle


  1. Load Balance: Redistribute the load if the machine is unbalanced.
  2. Motor: A faulty motor or belt can prevent spinning.
  3. Spin Cycle: Ensure you're selecting the appropriate spin cycle for the load.

A client’s washer wouldn't spin because of a faulty belt. Replacing the belt fixed the issue.

Foul Odors

Common Reasons

  • Dirty drum
  • Detergent buildup
  • Poor air circulation


  1. Clean Drum: Run an empty cycle with hot water and a cup of vinegar or a washing machine cleaner.
  2. Detergent: Use the correct amount of detergent to avoid buildup.
  3. Leave Door Open: Keep the door slightly open when not in use to allow air circulation.

My own washer started smelling foul once. Running a vinegar cycle made it fresh as a daisy!

Displaying Error Codes

Common Reasons

  • Specific to the washer model
  • Temporary glitches


  1. Manual: Refer to the user manual for specific error code meanings and solutions.
  2. Reset: Try resetting the machine by unplugging it for a few minutes, then plugging it back in.
  3. A client’s washer displayed an error code. A quick manual check revealed it was a minor issue. Resetting the machine worked like a charm!


Washing machines are a lifesaver when they work, but a pain when they don't. By following these troubleshooting steps, you can often solve the problem yourself. If you still need help, don’t hesitate to call a professional. Happy washing!

Got a washing machine problem? Drop your questions in the comments, and let's troubleshoot together!

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Mahbub Rehman

Hi there, I'm a kitchen appliance expert with three years of rich experience. My mission? To guide you to the ideal kitchen tools for your cooking adventures.

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