For many, laundry is a daily or weekly chore we don’t even think about. We’ve gotten into the habit of separating clothes, adding detergent and turning on the washer at an early age. While using a washing machine may feel second nature, recognizing the signs that you need to replace it isn’t nearly as intuitive.
Most homeowners aren’t experienced technicians, especially when it comes to major appliances. Because of this, many aren’t aware when their washing machine needs to be repaired – or replaced completely.
While some indicators you need a new washing machine are pretty obvious, others are a bit more subtle. If your family is insisting you get a new washer but you’re dead-set that the bucket of bolts still has some life left, ask yourself if you’re seeing the following signs. Knowing how to determine when it’s time for a new washing machine allows you to be proactive – so you can start saving now and dodge the high costs of repairs over time.
Even though newer machines are made to last up to 11 years, many will start experiencing problems after just eight years of use. Washing machines suffer a lot of wear and tear as they age. Older appliances are often susceptible to leaks, loose connections and failing water hoses. Other common issues include water remaining or not filling the drum, as well as the drum not turning.
Pro Tip: Because rubber hoses loose flexibility over time, it’s good to replace the water hose when transitioning to a new washing machine to ensure it can handle the new level of water pressure.
Excessive leaking is one of the most common signals it’s time to retire your washing machine. If that’s the only sign, you may be able to extend its life by replacing the water hose (as mentioned above). Overflow or a loose connection may also be causing the leak. You may be able to prevent overflow by putting fewer clothes in each load – freeing up space for the washer to spin. However, if your washing machine is leaking due to a cracked tub, it’s game over.
Washing machines obviously make noise. However, if your washing machine is banging, whirling, jumping and making odd noises, it may be time to replace it. There are several things that may be causing the issue, though. If you hear a clunking noise, you may be able to stop it by redistributing the clothes more evenly in your washer. If this doesn’t fix the problem, your motor mount or drum may need to be tightened.
If the drum of your washing machine isn’t filling properly, there may be a delayed cycle section, a kink in your hose or problem with your faucets. If none of these is the culprit, there may be an issue with the water intake valve or filter – which will need to be inspected and repaired by a professional.
Another problem that may occur with the drum is that it’s filling with water, but isn’t turning. Take a look at the lid switch and belts to check they’re working properly. Belts are easy to replace, but a malfunctioning switch requires more work. Depending on the repair costs, a replacement may be a better option.
If your washing machine is excessively moving, it may be unbalanced and you may need to simply adjust the feet. If it continues to walk, it could lead to other issues like leaking water outside the unit or pulling out its connections. When in doubt, call in a professional to take a look at the situation.
Depending on how washing machines are used, their lifetimes may vary. If your washer is leaking, making noise or not working at all, there’s a problem with your machine. However, if it’s not getting water, that could indicate an issue with your plumbing. If you think it’s a plumbing issue or need guidance on a replacement, we’d love to help. Reach out to our team today at one of our two locations!
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