6 Common Faults with a Washing Machine

Common washing machine faults range from using too much detergent to washing machine smells like sewage and what not. While some are simple fixes, others may need hiring professional services to diagnose and fix the problem. But in most cases, some troubleshooting will be able to give you a better idea as from where the fault is originated. 

So the next time your machine doesn’t work, try checking the simple things yourself before calling the repair man. Here in this post we explain the common faults with a washing machine so that you can identify the cause and fix it if possible. Without further ado, let’s get started with the 6 common faults your machine may make.



If your machine just stops suddenly, don’t worry, it may be easy to fix. Check the power outlets and fuse. It may be as simple as flicking the switch or changing fuse. One more thing you can do is to give the machine some time to cool down. This may be because you may have used the machine for a longer time and the motor may have overheated.

The machine doesn’t start

The machine is leaking

A leaking machine is generally down to a split or broken hose that circulates water all around. It is important to identify the spot of the leakage to know which part needs to be replaced. If the water is all clear, the leak will be taking place before the water reaches the detergent tray. In case the leak is small and somewhere from the front, it may be a fault with the machine door. This may be because the door gets worn out with time and causes the leak. Either way, you can call a professional to fix the fault.


Drainage issues can range from a simple clog in the hose to replacing the drain pump. Many a time, a clogged hose may be the reason why your washer was not draining properly. So it is best to remove the hose and inspect for clogs if any. You can use a garden hose to flush the stuck blockages. You can also call blocked drains Essex professionals to do the job for you. 

Apart from the blocked hose, if you see that the drain pump is jammed, you will have to drain the tub, disconnect and check the hose for any foreign objects. Also, check the pump inlets. Some other possible fault may be the bearings may be seized or may have become jammed due to a blocked sock or coin. It is further possible that the impeller blades may be broken. So in most of such cases, a new pump will do the work.


Not draining properly

Washing machine smells like sewage

Washer odours are very common but with some maintenance, you can keep the laundry smelling nice and fresh. Ensure that you use proper amount of detergent as excessive suds can leave residue on the doors and washer parts. Cleaning the machine on a monthly basis helps to prevent the smell. Also check for any mildew or mould growth in the washer. Definitely be sure to check out this post on the best closet dehumidifiers if you're wanting to get rid of smells. 


Objects in between the drum and the tub can be the cause behind noise, things such as debris or coins are common to be retrieved from the drum and can cause heavy damage to the machine. So, it is better to ensure that you check all pockets of pants, shorts, shirts before you put them in the machine. 

Apart from this, it has been seen that with time, bearings of the machine also start to degrade and they become faulty. This leads to loud noise produced while rotating. You can fix this by lubricating the bearings with oil or grease or by simply replacing them. 


Washing machine is noisy

The door doesn’t open

There are a lot of reasons why the machine door doesn’t open properly. The first is- if the water is not properly drained, the cycle will stop and the machine door will be locked. So, in such situations, all you need to do is to start the spin cycle again, clean filters and check drain hose for any blockages. It may even be a case that the door lock could be jammed or broken. 

Well, these are the common faults you may face with your machine. If you still experience problems even after following the troubleshooting tips mentioned above, you may have to call a professional.