6 Common problems with automatic washing machines

common problems with automatic washing machine

Automatic washing machines offer great convenience to us, but at the same time can frequently develop problems if a good service record is not maintained. Let’s have a look at the most common problems that could arise in fully automatic washing machines.

1. Drainage problem

automatic washing-machine-drain-pump

If the automatic washing machine is not draining, the drain motor which controls the out-flow of waste water from the machine is at fault. In cases where the drain water is too slow to flow out, most likely the there’s accumulation of dirt and lint in the drainage system.

2. Wash cycle not starting

automatic washing machine lid sensor

This problem is most common in top load automatic washing machines. Most likely, the sensor which tells the machine the lid has been closed is the cause of the problem due to carbon accumulation or needs re-adjustment. Another cause of the problem is a fault in the weight sensor of the automatic washing machine. Replacing the weight sensor will be required in the latter case.

3. Beeping sound and display showing error on start-up

automatic washing machine showing error

In this state, the washing machine indicates that it has developed an issue with an internal component. The display also shows the related error code which points to the component with fault. These error codes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Thus, refer to the user manual of your washing machine to know more.

4. Automatic washing machine vibrating abnormally while operating

washing machine stand to maintain balance

This generally is caused by a poorly balanced washing machine. If the surface underneath the washing machine isn’t horizontal make the necessary changes to the adjustable screws on which the washing machine rests. If your automatic washing machine doesn’t have these screws, buy a stand with adjustable screws and place the washing machine on it. In cases where the surface is horizontal and vibrations still persist, make sure you distribute clothes evenly in the tub before washing them.

5. Automatic washing machine making too much noise

washing machine with dirty tub

Objects trapped in between the outer tub and drum can also be the cause of the noise, things like coins and debris are extremely common to be retrieved from around the heater between the drum and they can cause damage to the machine and any clothing in it. Make sure you clear out all the pockets of clothes before putting them in the machine. With time the bearings of the washing machine also start to degrade and become faulty causing loud noise while rotating. Operating a washing machine with faulty bearing can cause fatal damage. This can be rectified by either lubricating the bearing with grease (or oil) or by replacing them

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6. Water flow is too low

dirty inlet screen of washing machine

If the pressure of the water flowing in the wash tub has reduced suddenly most likely there’s blockage inlet filter or a fault in the inlet valve motor. Inlet filter located where the inlet pipe is connected to the washing machine.

For any queries regarding fully automatic washing machine, please feel free to comment in the section below.


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    I have sanyo top load model ASW-70AT(W) made in Japan 2010 shows EF error code which I cannot find on net please guide

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