What Is Going Wrong With Your Washer And Dryer?

Posted on: 11 August 2015

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If you don't think your washer or dryer is working the way that it should be, you could have an issue that could be easily resolved. Troubleshoot the problem, and contact washer and dryer retailers for parts and support as needed. You may find that changing the way that you wash your clothes, position your appliances, or maintain your machines makes a huge difference in the outcome of your laundry.

Pinpoint the issue with your washer and dryer, using the following tips:

Soaking, wringing wet.

When clothes don't spin out, they come out of the washing machine soaking wet. This may not seem like a big deal, but this is indicative of the machine struggling to do its job. This also creates more work, and wasted energy, when you dry the laundry. The practical approach to this issue is to look for the underlying cause:

  • Are you adding too much detergent to each load? Using too much laundry soap can actually cause the machine to not spin-out properly. The best approach is to go by the manufacturer recommendations offered for the machine as well as the detergent that you are using.

  • Is there residue in your machine? Optimize the performance of your washing machine by running an empty load through with a cup of white vinegar added to the water. This helps to reduce and remove the residue that can interfere with your machine's performance.

Shake, rattle, and roll.

If you frequently experience your washing machine getting the "shakes" during use, it could be that you are not loading it properly. You may find that rearranging and separating laundry can impact this, as can washing smaller loads. It also might be due to the machine sitting on a surface that is not level.

Too hot to touch.

You should always be concerned with a washer or dryer that overheats during use; this could be symptomatic of a serious malfunction that could pose risk of fire. Be sure that you are adequately ventilating the dryer to allow for the output of hot air. Make sure that the source of heat in a washing machine isn't from a clogged water hose or valve screen, which could contribute to an irregularity in temperature during use.

Try these troubleshooting tips to determine if owner error is contributing to your dissatisfaction with the performance of your washer and dryer, or if it is time to replace the set entirely. Maintain your machines and follow manufacturer recommendations for use to optimize performance and get the most from your machines. If you do need professional help, contact a company like House Calls Appliance Repair.