1. The machine won't turn on-
- Make sure the machine is plugged in. We often forget the basic little things while trying to solve the complex issues. Be sure to check the fuse as well.
- If the machine has been in use for a while, it may have become overheated. You need to give some time to the machine to cool down for a while. Still if the machine doesn't start, it could be more serious problems (like a failed thermal fuse or thermostat) and you'll probably need to call the repair services to check.
2. The washer didn't drain- This can be the most frustrating problem with the dryers, to find that your clothes are still under water after the full cycle. Make sure of the following of you face this issue
- Drain Hose- Check that the hose isn't clogged or getting kinked by any obstruction. Hoses are generally very common culprits, but they can be easily taken care of
- Lid tab- You've got a tab under your washing machine lid that connects to a switch inside. If this tab is broken, your machine will turn off before it finishes draining. You may be able to repair a broken tab yourself.
- Water Pump- if you find both the hose and lid tab to be working fine, then probably the problem lies with the water pump. You will need to call in someone for this.
3. Leakage of water- Leaks can be caused by broken seals and are most likely to need repair service. There are three seals that may cause this problem the main tub seal, the front loading door seal and the water pump seal.
4. Dryer not heating up- Are you finding cold, damp laundry instead of warm and fluffy laundry. Make sure to check the following
- Check the settings- if you a re not using the correct setting for the type or amount of clothes in the dryer, then you may face this problem. Make sure you set the correct settings for temperature, fabric and time.
- Overload- if you are loading too many clothes in the dryer at once, then they won't come out all dry. An overloaded dryer will not function properly.
- Airflow- Make sure that the air flow is correct in the machine. Blockages in the airflow will not allow the dryer to heat up. Clean lint trap and vent hose, and make sure the vent hose has no kinks or leaks.
5.The machine won't spin or tumble- The most common culprit is a broken or loose belt. You would be able to know this if you hear the motor running, even though the machine's drum is not spinning. A snapped or loose belt will need to be replaced. Also, in some machines, if the door isn't properly close, the machine won't spin. Make sure that the door is closed properly.
If you still continue to face regular issues with your washer dryer, you may need to make the decision of fixing your machine or buying a new one. This decision needs to be based not just on the economics, but also on other factors like how comfortable you are with making frequent repairs, how old is your machine, whether you want to upgrade your machine, how much of water and electricity will be saved by changing the machine etc.