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Is water draining out of your washing machine even as it is filling up? If so, you may not need to inspect any of your Maytag washer parts, or Kenmore appliance parts. Instead, first check the position of your hose. This washing machine part needs a specific elevation in order to work properly. If your drain hose is not at least as high as the washing machine's tub, the washer can drain as it fills up. 38 inches is a good rule of thumb for a height requirement for this washer part. Make sure the hose clears the top of the washing machine's tub and you should have no problem. If the draining persists, you may have to do some detective work on your Whirlpool or GE washing machine parts. Inspect your drain control lever and drain control coils. If these washer parts are faulty, replace them.
If you have water dripping into your washing machine when it's not running, you may have a bad water inlet valve. This is what the hoses to the washing machine attach to at the back of the washer. To check this washer part:
1. Disconnect the hoses from the washing machine.
2. Turn on the faucets to clear any blockages in the hoses.
3. Inspect the filter screens on the water inlet valve. This washing machine part may have some debris built up that interferes with proper operation. Be very careful with the screens, as they aren't replaceable.
4. Open the washer and find the coil shaped solenoids. You will need to test them with an ohmmeter or multitester. If these washer parts are bad they should be replaced.
5. The water inlet valve may have failed mechanically instead of electronically. Replace this washing machine part if none of the above seems to work and you still have water dripping into the washer.
Kenmore or other brand name parts in your recent-model washer are powered by a washer part called the motor coupler. This is made up of three disks or star-shaped parts that interlock. When these washing machine parts begin to wear out, they can slip and cause a lack of movement for the agitator or spin basket. To inspect the disks you will need to open the washer, find the pump and motor and remove them. On the back of the motor is a shaft that holds the motor coupler. Inspect the interlocking disks. If they are damaged you will need to replace this washer part with Maytag washer parts or whatever brand your machine requires.
Washing machine parts include something called the water level switch or pressure switch. This washer part helps the machine determine how much water to allow into the washing tub or chamber. If the switch goes bad, your washer can under fill, or worse yet, overfill and flood your laundry room. The water level switch mechanism includes a plastic tube that should be free of water. Check for water, kinks, cracks, and breaks. This tube is connected from the bottom of the outer tub to the bottom of the switch. A loose tube can create problems similar to the kinked or otherwise compromised washer part. The water level switch has three electrical connections that will need to be tested with an ohmmeter or multitester. If the unit is faulty, you should replace the water level switch. As always, before you begin work on this Kenmore part or other brand, disconnect power to the unit.
Maytag washer parts, GE washer parts, and other brand names on the market are all designed to work interdependently with each other. This system starts to break down if even one part begins to encounter difficulty. Your washer's spin cycle flings a large amount of water out of the clothes, but if the water can't drain, the clothes will soak it all back up, defeating the purpose of the cycle. Excessively wet clothes after the spin cycle may not be caused by faulty washer parts, but rather a blocked drain is a very good bet. Check the drain line for a blockage and try again. If your hose is kinked or bent, this can also cause a drainage problem. The failure of one simple part creates a larger problem for all the washer parts. What can cause a blockage? A number of items; paper left in the pockets of your jeans, coins or other debris, even socks. Check your hoses, and make sure your laundry has empty pockets for future loads.
When washer parts go bad on modern versions of Kenmore dryers and washers, you may not have to crack open the machine to learn what's wrong. When Whirlpool and other brand washing machine parts malfunction, they often display error codes in the form of flashing lights on the washer's control panel where the start buttons are located. Error codes are designed to tell trained professionals which washing machine parts to test and replace. Unfortunately these codes are not always explained in your user manual. The good news is there are many online forums, which have the key to these codes, and you can find them easily by Google searching for phrases that include your model washer. Try searching for "GE error code" or "GE washer parts error code". If you can't find your make and model's list, try browsing a washing machine parts repair forum. There are many online resources for you to find repair manuals and listings of these codes.
Some defective or broken washing machine parts can leave rust stains on your clothes. Fortunately, this is not a problem that will sneak up on you; most times these washer parts make plenty of noise when they are going bad. The source of rust stains on your clothes can include a cracked drum shaft, a broken drum shaft, or collapsed drum bearings. If you are hearing loud noises coming from your machine, inspect these washing machine parts immediately. If your problem isn't rust stains, but simply laundry that isn't getting properly clean, check the filters on your hoses, make sure you are running the right size loads in your machine, and be sure to use the proper amount of detergent.
If you turn on your washer and nothing at all happens, it's best to troubleshoot this problem with the most obvious and work your way down to the small washer part inspection. You may find the obvious problems are the more frequent culprits here. 1. Make sure you haven't tripped a circuit breaker or blown a fuse. 2. Inspect the washing machine plug. Is it burned, frayed, or damaged? Washing machine parts need electricity to work! 3. Make sure the wall socket itself is getting current and has not gone bad. 4. Check the start switch. Has it gone bad? 5. Check these washing machine parts: water level switch, lid switch, water inlet valve, water pump. The water pump can be tricky, as some are not designed for user maintenance at all. If this is the case, the best you can do is inspect the pump ports for blockages. Anything can cause a blockage including old bits of laundry such as socks. This washer part needs to be free of obstructions to work properly, but another culprit in a worn out washer pump is eroded or worn pump blades. The blades are worn out, they won't move water properly.
Washing machine parts need a level surface to operate properly. If your machine is uneven, you may find that the unbalanced load function kicks in more often. Balance the washing machine, check it with a bubble level to make sure it is resting evenly, and see how this affects your unbalanced load problem. Washing machine movement can also send the unit out of balance. If your machine is "traveling" across the floor as it works, it can trip the unbalanced load feature. You will need to better anchor or brace your machine. GE washer parts, Whirlpool washing machine parts, and other brand names all have different quirks and tolerances. Some loads may work fine in some machines, but unbalance others. If you have replaced your washing machine lately, you may find that some large, bulky loads don't work as well in the new unit.
If you are noticing water collecting around your washing machine, there are a few things you should check. Your internal washer parts may not necessarily be to blame! 1. Check the connections to the water supply. 2. Inspect the hoses for cracks, leaks, and breaks. 3. Inspect the inside of your hoses for blockages. 4. Inspect the outer washer tub for cracks, rust, holes, or other signs of wear. You may have other problems with washing machine parts, but use the list for your initial troubleshooting. If you must stand in water while inspecting the machine, do not touch your washing machine while it is plugged in.
If you load the washer with clothes, start it, and get water but no churning action, you may need to check your lid switch. This is a washing machine part that tells the machine that the door is closed and allows the washing cycle to begin. With the lid open, water would slosh or fly out of the machine. The lid switch prevents this.
If you need this new Kenmore part (or other brand) in your washer, you will need to disconnect the washer from the wall socket, and test the lid switch with an ohmmeter. Some models let you do this directly on the switch, and other brands of this washing machine part require you to test at the wiring harness.
Some lid switches also have a fuse. Inspect or test this to see if it has gone bad.
If you need to replace this Whirlpool washing machine part, get your washing machine model number and have it ready when placing your order.
If you have tested your lid switch and found it is fine, you may have a defective drive belt. This washing machine part is found on older models and can slip, break or wear out. Once this happens, the machine won't churn or agitate any more. You will need to open the back panel of the washing machine and look for the belt. If you cannot locate this washer part, check in and around the machine, the belt may have broken and fallen into the works someplace. Replacing this washing machine part means fitting it over a transmission pulley and then a motor pulley. Consult your owner manual to learn which is which. You may need to tilt your machine on the side to do the work. Don't try this alone, as washing machines are far too heavy to safely tip by yourself. Whether you have Maytag washer parts, Kenmore washer parts or some other brands, if you don't have help, don't attempt the repair. As always, disconnect the power before doing any repair work, and be prepared for some water spillage if you must tip the machine. You will need to be mindful of this spilled water once you go to reconnect the power to your unit.
Does your circuit breaker trip when using the washing machine? There are many potential causes for this problem, but some washing machine parts can be checked for malfunctions in this area. Your washing machine has a heater circuit, a motor assembly, water pump, and a drainage system. If water gets into the circuits, the motor, or other electrical washing machine parts, this can bring you some headaches like tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If you are a beginner level do-it-yourselfer, you may not have the expertise to properly deal with this issue. Call in an expert who has the proper tools to diagnose this problem. If you understand how to handle low insulation fault issues, you most likely already have the equipment and know-hot to test your washing machine parts properly. Whether you own GE, Maytag, Kenmore, or other washer parts, you will need to examine the major components of the machine to figure out where the trouble lies.
Rattling during the spinning cycle is a common occurrance.
Your rattling is probably caused by an improperly balanced load that can be easily solved. To solve this dilemma, try the following procedure:
* Simply open the lid.
* Wait for the barrel to quit spinning.
* Lift the wet items up. Move them around a bit and redistribute the load.
* Close the lid. The spinner should start automatically.
If the rattling still occurs, repeat the procedure above. If it continues, you may need to call in a professional.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|