Category Archives: Washer Repair and Parts

Washer Stops Half Way Through the Cycle

Washer Stops Half Way Through the Cycle- How to Fix and Parts That Could be Causing ItHaving a washer stop mid-cycle is a frustrating experience. First, make sure the circuit breaker has not tripped and turned off power to the machine. If that checks out, try testing the following parts below.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

Washing Machine Lid Switch Assembly

Washing Machine Lid Switch Assembly

Lid Switch Assembly

The lid switch prevents the washer from spinning when the lid is open. Over time, the lid switch assembly could become faulty and stop the washer mid-cycle. Use a multimeter to test the lid switch for continuity and replace if it has no continuity.

Location of a Replacing the lid switch actuator on KitchenAid washer.

Sometimes it’s a part on the lid of the washer, the lid switch actuator that is the problem. The lid switch actuator sits inside the Continue reading

Washer Has No Hot Water

Washer Has No Hot WaterIf the washing machine is not producing any hot water, but the cold water is coming into and filling the washer, then you may have a faulty water inlet valve.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.

The water inlet valve opens and closes, allowing hot or cold water into the washer. Since there are two solenoids, one for hot and one for cold, one of the solenoids can fail, while the other can continue working.

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Washer Overflowing or Won’t Stop Filling

Washer Overflowing or Won’t Stop Filling A washing machine that is overflowing or won’t stop fill with water, might have a problem with the water inlet valve. Here’s how to tell.

Start a new washer cycle by turning the washer on and letting it fill with water. Now cut power to the washing machine. If water continues to fill the washer tub, then the water inlet valve may be faulty and should be replaced.  The water inlet valve can also be tested for continuity with a multimeter.

Washing Machine water inlet valve, used on some front load washers.

Washing Machine Water Inlet Valve

What is the Water Inlet Valve?

The water inlet valve controls the flow of water coming from the fill hoses into the washing machine. Electronic solenoids control the valve allowing it to turn on or shut off the flow of water into the machine.

The water inlet valve is sent signals by the washer’s timer or control board and the water level switch or selector switch.

If the water stops filling the washer when the power is cut off, then there may be a problem with one of the above mentioned parts.

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Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.

Preparing the Laundry for Washing

Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.

Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.

Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.

Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.

Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.

Washing Machine Settings

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Washer Fills and Drains at the Same Time –How to Fix

 Washer Fills and Drains at the Same Time –How to FixIf your washer fills and drains at the same time check the drain hose to make sure it is properly installed and meets all installation requirements.

If the drain hose is not properly installed, or the drain pipe is too small, then the hose could be siphoning water from inside the washer’s tub while filling.

Make sure the drain hose is at least 30 inches high and has an internal diameter of 1.5 inches in order to provide an air gap around the drain hose to prevent suction. If the drain pipe is Continue reading

Can You Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer Overnight?

Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.

According to the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, wet clothes can Continue reading

Washer Does Not Turn On, Spin or Drain – How to Fix

Washer-Does-Not-Turn-On,-Spin-or-Drain-–-How-to-FixIf your washer will not turn on, or your washer will not spin or drain, it might be due to a faulty or missing lid switch actuator. This washer part sits inside the washer’s lid and comes into contact with the lid switch inside your washer.

When the door lid is shut, the lid switch actuator is inserted into the lid switch which causes the Continue reading

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