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The Most Common Washing Machine Problems and How to Fix Them

A washing machine is a long-term investment that requires some hard work and maintenance occasionally, even if it's a shiny new model with lots of electronics. In fact, the fancier new washing machine types tend to be even more sensitive to certain types of damage, so you may need to be extra careful around their electronics if you want to stay safe. Here is a list of some common problems with washing machines and how to fix them.

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Not Turning On
One of the most commonly reported problems with most washing machine types is that the machine simply does not turn on at all. Unfortunately, this can also be a very challenging problem to diagnose due to the multitude of possible root causes. First, you should check the power supply – it's possible something simply got knocked out during a recent move. If the washing machine has an internally exposed circuit board, it's possible that it has been damaged from moisture over time too. Another possibility is that the motor has broken down, in which case most models would refuse to turn on at all.

Can't Unlock Door
If you can't unlock the door, check if some clothes might have gotten stuck in a way that blocks the mechanism. If the door is electronically locked and unlocked, it could be caused by a problem with the circuitry as well. That one might be more difficult to investigate in most cases, although most washing machines should have some indicators that let you know if there's any fault in their electronics. Many models also check the current water level inside the machine and will refuse to unlock the door if the machine hasn't drained completely. If you have any problems with the draining system, that could be the main issue here.

Not Draining
The most common problem that would cause your washing machine to not drain is that the drain hose might be obstructed. This is often the case when you regularly wash clothes with fine fibres that might start piling up at a bottleneck in the drain hose. The problem could also be caused by a faulty electronics system that's preventing the draining cycle from completing properly, or the whole draining pump could be broken down in some cases as well. A broken draining pump is usually the easiest issue to diagnose as it will be pretty obvious, but unfortunately, it's also the most difficult one to fix on your own. You should probably get help if your washing machine isn't draining properly, as it's rarely something you can address yourself.

Bad Smell
You need to clean the machine from time to time to prevent a mouldy smell from accumulating and causing your clothes to develop a musty odour. This happens with pretty much all models on the market, even more expensive and advanced ones, although it's usually a more prevalent issue with cheaper washing machines. It may be hard to notice the smell sometimes, especially if you have a habit of leaving your laundry in the machine for too long after it's done, but if you start to regularly notice a peculiar smell, it might be time to give the machine a good internal cleaning with either a homemade solution of baking soda and vinegar, or a professional detergent.

There are various other types of issues that can crop up during the regular use of a washing machine, but those are the ones that you'll likely have to deal with most often. Don't worry, it's not a complicated beast that will leave your hands tied with an impossible to resolve problem – it's a machine like any other, and as long as you know where to look for the cause of each problem, you should be fine in the long run.

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