Troubleshooting washing machine faults
How to troubleshoot common UK washing machine faults and breakdowns by a repairman with over 30 years experience.
Warning: You must be aware that electricity can and does kill - even qualified engineers. Never work on an appliance that is not totally unplugged. DIY repair safety and tips
The following washing machine repair help contains general advice only. It may help to solve some basic faults that don't require an engineer, or to give an idea of how serious a fault may actually be. Never work on a washing machine that is still plugged in! Using this advice is at your own risk.
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Water related: leaks, filling or emptying and heating problems
- Leaking (This article has been updated and moved to my main site)
- No water coming into machine
- Constantly fills with water which runs down the drain
- Fills with water overnight or even when switched off
- Won't empty water
- Won't empty water after connectiong to new plumbing but it did before
- Not heating the water
- Sticks mid-cycle
- Stops with an error code
- Stops with lights flashing
- Drains water and aborts programme just after starting, or mid-wash
- Program selector knob (dial) clicks round continuously
- Hotpoint washing machine shows tESt in display
- Holes in clothes after washing
- Not cleaning laundry properly or has marks on it
- Badly creased after washing
- Clothes come out hot
- White streaks on washing
- Too much foam in washing machine
- Fusing, or tripping electrics
- Won't spin or drum doesn't turn on wash (article now moved to my white goods help blog)
- Drive belt keeps coming off
- Won't spin just one item or very small loads (External link to my Blog)
- Jumps and bangs on spin
- Door jammed shut
- Door broken or hinge broken
- Washing machine is dead and wont start
- Washing machine is noisy
- Getting electric shocks from washing machine
Fabric Conditioner Problems
- Fabric conditioner doesn't get taken into washing machine
- Gets taken out too soon
- Conditioner compartment is always full of water
- Black jelly-like substance in soap dispenser and on soap drawer (goes to my Whitegoodshelp Blog)
Other washing machine faults
- What causes grease, slime & black mould in washing machine?
- Washing machine smells or gives off bad odours
- Research Washerhelp's washing machine forum archive
- Washing machine error codes (White goods Blog)
- Looking for Appliance Error codes? (White goods Blog)
Washer dryer specific faults
Most washer dryer faults are the same as faults for washing machines as they are exactly the same machines apart from the added dryer parts.
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