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"My front-load washing machine isn't draining out all of the water during spin cycle, can this be fixed?"
First, make sure that: the washer door is closed completely (if it isn't, the machine won't drain); the load balance is evenly distributed (because clothing that's bunched heavily to one side of the drum may prevent the spin cycle from working properly).
If those simple steps don't, the problem is likely either: a clog in the drain hose or the pump (e.g., built-up lint or even a small piece of clothing), or, or the pump is failing.
Competent DIY'ers can try removing the access panel of the machine to check the drain hose inside the machine, and inspect the pump. If there's a clog, remove it. If the pump appears to be leaking or damaged, it will need to be replaced. Before attempting any DIY
work, make sure that you remove any standing water inside the machine, and unplug the unit from the wall.
If you can't find the problem or you prefer to use a pro, it's time to call for help. If the washer is under warranty, start with the manufacturer. If it's out of warranty, contact a qualified local washing machine repair service, which in most cases can get there as soon, or sooner, than a manufacturer's rep.
"My washer is starting to smell bad, what can I do?"
It's time to clean the machine!
First, try the cleaning cycle if there is one.
Some new washers come with a ‘cleaning cycle’ that uses hot water along with a recommended cleaning product to keep the washer clean and disinfected.
Second, clean the inside of the drum.
Scrub it with soapy water.
Third, clean the soft rubber seal around the opening to the drum.
There are plenty of places in the folds of the seal for mold or mildew to build up, so you'll want to use a cleaning product that effectively removes mold, mildew and soap scum. Wipe the seal completely when you're done cleaning and disinfecting
Finally, run a normal cycle with a small amount of detergent plus baking soda and vinegar.
Do NOT put clothing in the machine, just run it empty. Add a little baking soda to the detergent. You may also add a small amount of vinegar directly into the drum (where the clothes normally go). Then start the cycle. The detergent/baking soda/vinegar combination should help remove any soapy build-up that may have occurred inside the drum – a common problem with some washing machines, especially front-loaders.
To prevent your machine from smelling in the future: regularly wipe down the inside of the drum, and also the rubber seal, to keep them clean; occasionally leave the door open for a while after use, to air out the machine.
"My top-load washer is filling too slowly, how do I fix this?"
When washers don’t fill fast enough, it means something is disrupting the water supply. Try fixing the problem with these steps:
First, make sure your lid is closing properly.
Then, check your supply lines (hot and cold). Make sure the lines haven't been crimped (e.g., by a mop or broom handle behind the machine). If the water lines look fine, unhook them from the washer and run each one into a bucket to make sure both are flowing normally.
Next, look for clogs or blockages in the washer's water lines and inlet valves. Check your owner’s manual if you're not sure how to access these. Inlet valve screens help prevent debris from entering the washer, but these screens sometimes get clogged and impede water flow.
If none of these solutions help, the problem could be something like a timer, solenoid, or switch. At that point, you will probably want to contact a washing machine repair service. If your machine is under warranty, call the manufacturer. If not, contact a local washing machine repair service. You can start by filling out the form near the top of this page.
"My dryer is making a squeaking sound – what is it and how do I get it fixed?"
A squeaky dryer is usually caused by deteriorating parts that support the drum. These parts could include: wheels, pulleys, belt, glides, and bearings. Sometimes, multiple parts wear out at the same time, making diagnosis a trickier. Occasionally, the problem is more serious, like with the drum itself.
Ambitious DIY'ers can try to identify and fix the problem, but most homeowners are better off calling in an expert: this is routine maintenance for washer/dryer repair professionals.
"My dryer seems to be running but isn't heating up, what should I do?"
When a dryer is failing to heat, most of the time that means you'll need to replace a part. However, before calling a repair specialist, try these steps:
Clear dryer's lint screen and lint trap
The lint screen is inside the lint trap compartment, usually found at the top of the dryer, or inside the door in front of the dryer. Remove and clean the screen after every session. Also, look down into the lint trap compartment and clean out any accumulated lint, dust and debris you find there.
Clean the dryer's venting tube and lint vent
Dryer duct tubes run from the back of the dryer to a connector in the wall or ceiling. Most of these tubes include a lint vent – a square box spliced into the middle of the tube. If you find a lint vent in the tube, clean it out.
Whether there is a lint vent or not, remove the tubing from the back of the machine and the wall, and make sure there are no blockages.
Clean the dryer's outdoor air vent
The outside vent is where warm air exits the dryer venting system to the outdoors. It will either be on the side of the house near the dryer's location, or up on the roof. If you can, inspect this vent for blockages. It's not unusual to find accumulations of lint, leaves, and even bird nests in this spot, so make sure it's clear so the dryer's exhaust air can flow freely out of the house.
If none of these steps correct the problem, it's time to contact a local washer/dryer repair pro to assess the problem.