My Washing Machine is Not Spinning! What Next?

The good news is most of the spinning problems in the washer are relatively easy to fix. Among the many different faults that make your washer breaks down, this is relatively common. But, before you look for a technician, there’s some obvious things things to check to ensure that it’s not an operational failure.Washer repair Most of the time, we spin small loads, which causes potential risk to the washer. With inadequate loads, the washer just spins out of balance leading to excessive vibration, causing stress on the drum and the bearings. The result is a static spinning cycle. But, as you know spinning problems in your washer is fairly easy to fix. Most of the times, the computer sent fault codes to the motor due to the following reasons:
  • An electrical spike
  • A load imbalance
  • A fault in the computer module itself
And, there are some DIY tips to fix these:
  1. A Master Reset Can Solve the Problem To perform this, carefully unplug the appliance from the power and leave it for a few minutes to cool it down. And then plug it again to send a “reset” signal to all the components in the appliance. This is one of the most common fix technicians perform. Once the reset is completed, set the appliance to deal with small load with no clothes. It the cycle goes as normal, it’s fixed. And, if it’s not, there’s more troubleshooting options.
  2. Dealing with the Faults in the Lid Switch If the master reset does not work out, then it’s may be the faults in the Lid Switch. Many times a defective lid switch prevents the spinning cycle. To check this, it’s important to remove the lid switch. To know the proper procedure of removing the lid switch, refer to the user guide that came with the appliance or search online for user guide of your washer model. Unplug the appliance before you start removing the lid switch. Once removed, the wiring inside will come out so you can test it with a digital multimeter. If the switch inside does not give continuous signal, you might need a replacement. But, when the lid switch is properly working, check for other signs of defects.
  3. Control the water/pressure switch The most common and perhaps the worst cause for a washer breakdown is a defective water/ pressure switch. Faults in this component often makes the washer pumping out water, but it will not spin. Even if the water overflows out of the appliance the spinning system won’t work. An ideal way to deal with these is to check if the Water Level Control Valve is in place. If not, simply pull off the plastic hose off the pressure switch and blow air into it. If the tube is clogged with dirt, grime and soapy residue, pour vinegar down the tube and clean it. But, you might need a replacement if the switch is cracked or visibly burnt.
Check for these and you can instantly find a fix for the spinning problems in your washer. If you still have issues with your washer, we at City Appliance & Refrigeration Services are always a phone call away to help. Call 780-463-7733, 24/7.

Common Dryer Problems and How to Fix Them

What can be worse than grabbing a pair of socks out of the dryer which are still damp? Although, we are quite familiar with this, most of us hardly care to give it a thought. A defective dryer creates a lot of troubles and somewhat upsets our everyday life. And, we end up investing in a new appliance. But, there can be several reasons that make your dryer ineffective. So before you settle for purchasing a new one, here are some common reasons that you must watch to know why the dryer is giving problems. And, in most cases, a simple repair can do wonders.
  1. Lint-build up in the ducting systems Excess lint build-up in the ducting systems blocks the dryer’s heating unit, which restricts the seamless flow of warm air into it. Even worse, excess lint might cause fire in the vent. So, it’s important to clean the filter systems after each load. You need to make sure that the dryer system is aptly fitted with the metal vent pipes. Avoid using flexible metal pipes as it increases the drying time.
  2. Defective mechanical parts Given that all the electrical systems are properly connected and are in order, defective mechanical parts can be a major source of problems. If not the electrical systems, mechanical parts like thermostat, thermal fuse and timer motor can experience failures.
  3. Improper voltage Improper voltage can cause your dryer to either not heat or not start at all. Normally, a dryer needs 240 volt in 2-phase circuit. If your dryer is not heating or not starting up, please check your circuit breaker (2 circuit breakers paired together in the main electrical panel of your home). Switch off both the circuit breakers together and switch them on before testing the voltage to your dryer.
  4. Overload Most of the time, we pack it with a huge stack of clothes, which eventually reduces the efficiency of the machine. Always consider the amount of load it can handle. Avoid drying your sweaters, jeans and jackets with comparatively lighter items, like socks, slacks and vests. Drying these separately will make sure that the “tumbling” is in order.
But, it you feel that the dryer is still not working, consider hiring an appliance repair specialist. Given the complex operations of the electrical appliance, it’s a wise idea to consult an expert. By doing this, you can avoid fatal situations.