How To Fix A Flooding Washing Machine
How To Fix A Flooding Washing Machine
Seeing as a modern machine can use up to over 100 liters of water in a cycle, a single flooding can be a lot of mess to clear up, and possibly cause a lot of damage. So if your washing machine has begun to floor, or even leak, here are the steps you should take to remedy the situation, save your home from any damage, and also save yourself some money with costly repair prices.
Remember Your Safety
If your washing machine is flooding, this problem can be caused by many different reasons, particularly unseen sources beneath or around the base of the machine. The water can even flood from the back of the unit to the front, so inspection is needed to fully determine the cause. It is best to cut off the power as quick as the flooding begins at the circuit breaker or the fuse box. Don't press the "cancel" button, or try and end the cycle. This is because your machine may initiate the draining process, which could make your floor worse. Also, it's best not to pull the plug on the machine. This can be dangerous is the plug is exposed to standing water, creating a potential for electric shock. Also, take care with your footing. Standing water on a hard surface can create a slippy situation, and you don't want to slip and fall while rushing around panicking about your flooding machine.
Remove The Clothes From The Machine
To unload the machine, you will most likely need to perform a minor technical procedure to unlock the airtight door. This information will be in the user manual, as it differs from machine to machine. If your machine was on a hot setting, it is best to wear rubber gloves when removing the clothes to prevent burns. THe clothing is most likely to be water-logged, and will need ringing over a sink or bucket. This is a manual process, but can help to remove a lot of the water from the machine without having to drain it, or use a bucket.
Check The Hoses
Firstly, it is best to check the water connections. Usually machines have a water supply hose, and a drainage hose. These can accumulate wear and tear over the years, and in fact you should regularly check these for any damages, cracks, blistering, or splits at least twice a year. In fact, most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years, as a broken hose can be disasterous in flooding damage.
If you've checked the hoses and there are no damages, make sure the connections are also tightened and water secure. In addition, ensure that the drain hose is secured in place at both ends. Usually flimsier than the supply hoses, you can always use a cable tie (or another form of secure wire that won't damage the hoses) to tie the drain hose against the more stable supply hoses to give it more support.
Other Causes: Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve helps shut off the water supply when needed. If this valve does not seal properly, then water will continue to flow in your machine. If this seems to be the case, then this component will need replacing.
Other Causes: Water Level Switch
A broken or clogged pressure switch can result in no signals to stop the water inlet. So - you guessed it - this will mean your machine will overfill. Normally this switch can sensor the water levels. It is usually a round component supplied by a small transparent tube. It is genually situated at the bottom of your washing machine, outside of the drum. As the inlet of water increases the pressure in the tube member, the switch is activated with a certain amount of pressure. The solution may be to clear the blockage, however if the component is broken, then it will need replacing to fix this issue. Read here to find out more about problems with the pressure switch and how to fix it.
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