Your washing machine is probably one of the most critical appliances in your home. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that your washing machine is immune to common washing machine problems, as much as we wish it could be.
There are plenty of washing machine problems that need a professional’s expertise to resolve. But these three common washing machine problems can often be fixed at home.
You don’t need a lot of expertise to fix these problems either.
Plus, fixing these problems can make a huge difference on laundry day.
Common Washing Machine Problem #1: Smelly Clothes
Freshly washed laundry should smell good. At the very least, if you’re using unscented laundry detergent, it should smell nice and clean. You don’t want any sour or unpleasant smells lingering in your freshly cleaned laundry.
Unfortunately, freshly cleaned laundry doesn’t always smell very good at all. The most common problem is a dirty wash drum.
All too often, homeowners think that the problem is soap not making it to their laundry and call for a repair. Or you might think that the problem is in your pipes and water supply and call a plumber.
Fortunately, cleaning your drum is a simple process, and only takes two wash cycles. Run a wash cycle with 2 cups of distilled white vinegar on the highest heat setting.
The vinegar will help take care of any larger debris that could be clogging your drum. It also helps to deodorize.
Next, run a hot water wash with either 1 load worth of bleach (any brand will work), or two cups of hydrogen peroxide. This wash will help kill any bacteria or mold that might be hiding behind the washer drum.
That’s it, your next load of laundry should smell bright and fresh. Wash your washing machine regularly, Today recommends washing it at least once every six months.
Common Washing Machine Problem #2: Mold in the Drum
Mold doesn’t always cause a smell, but it’s a common problem for front-loading washing machines. That’s because front-loading washing machines have air- and water-tight doors.
Your washing machine can’t completely dry with laundry in it and won’t dry between loads if you shut the door tightly.
That moist environment is perfect for all different kinds of mold and mildew to start growing in your washing machine.
Not only does mold look bad in your washing machine, but it’s also unhealthy and can get on your clothing while you wash.
Fortunately, you can clean your washing machine with the method we already described to take care of any existing mold.
This fix is also incredibly easy, just leave your washing machine propped open an inch or so between laundry days.
Common Washing Machine Problem #3: Noisy Washing
This can be one of the most annoying common washing machine problems. If your washing machine makes a lot of excess noise it can be hard to get away from the sound.
The most common cause of this problem is that your machine isn’t entirely level.
The easiest way to find out is to just get any level from a hardware store. Since washing machines are large, your level should be at least 6 inches long. Put it on top of your washer in the middle, and along all four sides to test if it’s level.
If your washing machine isn’t level, you’ll just need a piece of plyboard or two to play under the feet on the low side. You may not be able to get your washing machine completely level but getting it closer will reduce the noise considerably.
If your machine is still totally level, but still noisy, it might be time to call an expert.
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