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Your washing machine is one of the most convenient appliances in your home. The average life expectancy of a washing machine is between 10 and 13 years. To get the most use out of your machine, you’ll need to provide it with ongoing maintenance, including checking and replacing the hoses. 

But even with proper care, it’s not uncommon for washing machines to need repairs from time to time. Below are five of the most common issues that washing machines experience and the best ways to address them. 

1. Leaks 

Puddles around your washing machine are a problem, as it doesn’t take long for standing water to cause damage. Usually, a leaky washing machine is due to a loose water hose connection. If this isn’t the issue, the washers or seals might be worn out. It could also be a deteriorating drain hose. Most hoses only last about five years

2. Loud Noises 

Not all noises from your washing machine are a cause for concern. Sometimes, it’s just loose objects bouncing around (i.e., coins, buttons). These objects can fall into the sump hose or filter where you can easily remove them. Or, they may stay in the drum. If it’s not a loose object, the drum may be damaged or there may be a faulty internal component. 

3. Musty Smells 

It’s no fun when your clean laundry smells musty. Fortunately, this is typically a quick fix that involves cleaning your machine, something you should be doing about once a month. Use ¼ cup of baking soda, 2 cups of vinegar and ¼ cup of water, pour it into the drum and run a cycle on high heat. If the smell persists, the drain filter may need to be cleaned. 

4. Not Spinning

Typically, washing machines won’t spin when they’re overloaded with too many clothes. If this isn’t the issue, it could be a blocked drain pump or a faulty internal component, such as the motor or control board. If you are dealing with a clogged pump or broken part, you need to call a washing machine repair expert. 

5. Won’t Drain 

Another issue that can happen to your machine is that it won’t drain. Often, this is due to a blockage in the washing machine’s drainage system. Blocked drain pipes are usually the result of too much residue buildup from soaps, grease, oils and more. 

These are some of the most common problems that washing machines experience. If you need assistance with your machine, schedule an appointment with Pacific Appliance Repair Services today. We have trained technicians who can repair, refresh and make your appliances LIKE NEW in a single visit!