There are a lot of different problems that can plague your washing machine like the machine not heating up water, not starting up, leaking water, not draining, and many more. There are some problems that will require the expertise of a professional appliance repair company.
When choosing which repair company to call, you will want to make sure to choose the right one. You need to make sure that they are going to be able to service your brand and also that they offer services for commercial and residential areas.
Whether you have to call for washing machine repair or not, you definitely want to get the problem taken care of because a washer that is out of order is going to result in stressful piles of dirty laundry around the house.
WHY IS THE WATER NOT HOT IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?
A washing machine that is not heating up the water is really going to put a damper on the amount of laundry that you are going to be able to do. The following is a list of the most common reasons as to why a washing machine may not be heating up the water properly.
WATER INLET VALVE
This valve controls the inlet of hot and cold water and is controlled by a number of different elements such as the timer control, water temperature selector, and the water pressure switch. It usually has two different solenoids, one for hot and one for cold water. One of the things that you will want to check is that there is sufficient power to these solenoids while the washer is filling up. This requires a live voltage test and should only be done by a certified repair technician.
If there is no power to the solenoids, you are going to have to check other elements within the valve circuit. You can do this by checking the valve for proper voltage or you can also check the continuity of the solenoids with a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the valve set needs replacing because you cannot just replace the solenoids. If there is power at the solenoids, it is likely that the valve needs to be replaced. Remember to cut the power before you conduct these types of tests.
You can check this switch, which is usually part of the inlet valve circuit, with a multimeter and you will likely need to refer to the wiring diagram in order to know which terminals to check. The pressure switch located, either, in the area under the tub or beneath the control panel. Make sure you cut off the power before you run this test.
This switch is what selects the water temperature for a given cycle and it supplies the solenoids of the inlet valve with power. You can use a multimeter to test the continuity of the switch, and if there is no power to the solenoids, this switch could be the problem. Always remember to cut off the power supply before trying to service your washer.
The Inlet Hoses and Screens
If your washing machine is not filling with hot or cold water, it is possible that the inlet valve is clogged or kinked. Your washer is going to be connected to the water supply of your home by fill hoses and these hoses are going to have wire meshes at the end to keep debris from getting into the washer. If you need to check this, turn off the faucet, and then clean the mesh. If necessary, replace what may be broken or needs replacing.
The Lid Switch
If the lid switch is faulty, it is not going to supply power to the inlet valve. It is usually located under the lid and is triggered when the lid is closed. This is the part of the washer that will keep it from running when the lid is in the open position. To check this switch, cut off the power to the machine and disconnect all of the wires that run to the switch. You will then use the multimeter to test the lid switch.
You will want to check and make sure that it is activated mechanically and that none of the levers or actuators are broken. If it is in the activated position and there is no power to the valve circuits, it is likely that this switch needs to be replaced or fixed.