Your washing machine is an important part of your home. It helps keep your clothes clean and your family smelling fresh. If you are facing problems with a malfunctioning washing machine it can be frustrating as well as disruptive to your regular cleaning schedule. When your machine breaks down, depending on the problem, you may be able to fix it yourself. In some cases, calling a Newmarket washer repair service like Alpha Appliance Services may be required. We have put together a list of some of the most common causes and washing machine malfunctions and what can be done to fix them on your own. 

Water Leakage

If your washing machine is leaking from the back or the front, it is most likely that one of the seals has failed. Another common cause of leakage is an imbalanced container. Leaks from the front of the washing machine typically signal a problem with the door seal, while leaks in the rear signal a water line connection fault. Leaks that originate from the bottom of the machine are usually caused by a malfunction in the water housing or some other internal connection. For rear leaks, check the line to make sure it is properly connected. For any other type of leak, you will need to call a professional washing machine repair service. 

Bad Odors

Washing machines get rid of dirt, grime, bacteria, and all manner of icky things from our clothes. It makes sense that sometimes you might end up with bad smells emanating from your washing machine. Usually, a quick empty run with detergent will clean out the machine, but if these odors persist, you may have another problem. Loading machines and high-efficiency washing machines tend to generate more sour smells than other types of washers. This is mostly due to the heavy-duty rubber seals that keep the water locked inside during a cycle. When the seals fold-over, water and bacteria can get trapped inside which will eventually start to smell as mildew develops. 

All you have to do is use a clean cloth soaked in diluted bleach to wipe down the doors and seals. This will get rid of stagnant water, mildew, and other grime that is leaving behind bad smells. Make a point of cleaning this area at least once a month to prevent additional odors from building up. If the smells are coming from inside of your washer, consider running an empty load of hot water, white vinegar, and borax. This will target any mildew that may be lurking inside of your washer or in the heads inside of the machine. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you will need to contact a professional appliance repair service to check your unit. 

Washing Machine Won’t Turn On

If your washing machine won’t start, check to see if the door is properly closed and locked. Most machines have a safety feature that will prevent activation if the door is open. Sometimes it may be a simple oversight about closing the door tightly, or there may be a bit of clothing stuck in the latch. If the area is clear and your washing machine still won’t turn on, give Alpha Appliance Services a call at (416) 577-5354 and we will send a technician out to repair your machine.