You might not realize how much you depend on your washing machine until it completely fails. The following guide will teach you how to recognize the signs of a failing washer (which, if caught and taken care of, might prevent the machine from breaking down in the first place) and tell you how to clean your clothes when your washing machine gives up the ghost.
Symptoms of a Failing Washing Machine
It's a good idea to have your washing machine checked regularly by an appliance expert to avoid issues. But you should still be aware of a few things to help prevent it from breaking down on you. The following are some signs to look out for:
- Whining sounds when your machine is working is a strong sign of a bad transmission, especially if it is accompanied by a burning smell.
- If the washer fails to agitate when washing your clothes, this could indicate a number of things, from transmission issues to clutch problems.
- If your clothes are still soaking wet when the cycle is done, this could indicate a bad belt.
- If the washer's pump or spin does not work when you turn your cycle on, there might be a problem with the motor or a faulty lid switch.
Talk to your appliance repair specialist about your washer if you notice any of the aforementioned signs.
Temporary Solution for Cleaning Your Clothes
When your washing machine is out of commission, you know that you can take your clothes to a nearby laundromat. But this might be costly if you have several loads. The following guide will help you clean your clothes at home.You will need these items:
- A clean, large bucket
- Your detergent or preferred soap
- A handheld agitator (like a plunger) that you can purchase from a hardware store or discount store
Follow the steps below to clean your clothes:
- Separate your whites from your colored clothes. Be sure to separate wool, silk, and other delicate fabrics to take to your dry-cleaning specialist.
- Fill your bucket with clean, lukewarm water, and place some of your clothes inside. Make sure you leave about ⅓ of the bucket empty.
- Add about two tablespoons of detergent or washing powder to your clothes.
- Let your clothes soak for about 20 minutes.
- Use your agitator to gently swish your clothes for about 4 minutes.
- Remove your clothes and wring them out in the tub or sink.
- Pour the soapy water out of the bucket and pour in clean, cold water.
- Use the cold water to rinse your clothes a few times. Wring out your clothes until you see no suds.
- Hang your clothes to dry outside in the sun or hang them in a warm room to make sure they dry quickly.
There you go; you can still clean your clothes if you find yourself with a washer that is not working. Hopefully you only have to resort to this once or twice before you can call your appliance specialist, like one from Master Tech Mechanical, to get your machine up and running again.