Home Appliance Q & A on Washers and Dryers

In our daily work with call-in customers and walk-in customers to our 13 appliance parts locations across the southwest US, we are asked questions about a variety of home appliances and quick-fix ways to get them running again properly. We’d like to share some of the more recent questions that have come our way. Hope you find some benefit in these answers in your own home appliance repair situation.

Q: Why is my washing machine making a clanging sound? I just set it up in my kitchen.

WashersA: If your top load washer was recently installed or moved to a new home, and is making a clanging sound, there is a chance that the shipping rod may still be installed. The shipping rod goes through the washing machine tub to keep it stabilized during truck transit. The rod should stay in the machine until your washer is properly installed. But if the washing machine is now stable at the location, you can remove the shipping rod. The shipping rod can be removed by pulling it out of the machine. You might feel some resistance upon first pulling it out.

Q: My washing machine is not spinning all the water out of a cycle – what do I do?

A: To get the washing machine drum to spin the water out a cycle is usually dependent on the lid switch working correctly. Try to press down the switch that gets activated when your lid is down. If it’s not starting to spin the drum, you might need a replacement switch.

Other causes could include an imbalance in the load, an electrical surge imbalance or perhaps even a faulty computer module within the washer itself. Check with your local appliance replacement parts store.

Q: Should I get a front load or top load washing machine?

A: Choosing between a front load washing machine and a top load washing machine unit is probably the toughest decision for a homeowner. Price is one factor, washing capacity is another and ease of repair and availability of appliance replacement parts is a third consideration. In general, retail prices are higher for front-load washers over top-load washing machines.

Front load washers are, in general, pricier than top load units. However, the most expensive top load units come with a higher price than lower-end front load washers. Another factor is wash capacity. Do you have a large family to wash clothes for? Or is it just one person’s wash? The more clothes being washed will mostly determine the need for a higher volume wash.

Check back with the pros at Appliance Parts Company for all your washer-dryer replacement parts needs. Our team will work with you to help you with your questions on fixing your home appliances.


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