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Washing Machine Problems & Repairs

A washing machine is basically a big tub that repeatedly fills with water and then drains, spins to wring clothes dry, and has a device for stirring things up-- either an agitator in the middle of a top-load machine or a rolling drum in the case of a front-loader.

The four cycles that every washer performs are fill, wash, drain, and spin. Though there are a number of problems that you can fix quite simply, washing machines have a variety of devices and controls that, when they go wrong, are better left in the hands of an appliance repairperson.

Typical Washing Machine Problems - Some problems that commonly occur with a clothes washer are that it: Does Not Agitate, Does Not Drain, Does Not Run, Shakes, Vibrates, or Moves, Does Not Spin, Leaks, or Has The Wrong Water Temperature.

If your washer doesn't run, be sure it's plugged in and that the receptacle works (the circuit hasn't overloaded). Before working on the washing machine, be sure to unplug it.

If it doesn't fill, the water inlet screens may be blocked. Clean or replace them. (Check your owner's manual for the location of the screens; they're often located at one end of the supply hoses, or you may have to remove a panel to access them.) Other reasons for not filling may be that either the timer or temperature selector is broken--both of these are repairs for an appliance repairperson.