Prioritizing Your Appliances

Front Loading Machine Not Tumbling? What You Can Do

Your front loading machine needs to tumble in order to clean your clothes properly. If it isn't tumbling, the water and soap isn't getting to all of your clothing, so only some of the clothes will actually get clean, while others may come out completely dry and some soaking wet and possibly still covered with soap. When this happens, you can either run out and purchase a brand new machine (although most cannot afford to do this), you can try to troubleshoot the repair yourself, or hire a professional washer repairman to make the repair for you. Read on for a few troubleshooting tips to help you make the repair yourself.

Check Your Load Capacity

If you're overloading your machine, it's going to be a problem. Your clothes won't tumble properly, as they are too stuffed in the machine to move anywhere. You'll need to check your manufacturer's instructions to see how much you can actually load in your machine. Try to put in less clothing to see if this helps, but if you're putting an entire laundry basket full of clothes into one load, this is probably too much. 

Check The Belt

Open the machine to expose the inside (if you aren't sure how to do this, check the manufacturer's instructions), then locate the belt which helps to move the drum around in order to tumble your clothing. If the belt is worn out, then it might need to be replaced. You can often find a replacement part online or through your local appliance parts supplier. Follow the instructions to replace the belt.

Test The Belt Motor

If the washer isn't tumbling at all, and the belt is still intact, it may be an issue with the motor. This may be a costly repair to make, as the replacement motor may be expensive. Troubleshooting the motor issue and repairing the motor yourself may not be in your wheelhouse of knowledge), so in this case you may want to contact a professional repairman for help with the repair. If you think you can repair the motor yourself and don't mind tinkering with a motor, you can find replacement parts at your local appliance supply store.

If you aren't able to troubleshoot the issue yourself, it's best to hire a professional to help make the repair before you run out and invest in a new appliance that could end up costing you a lot more money. Contact a professional washing machine repairman like D-3/A-OK Appliance Service Inc. to repair your washing machine so you can get back to your life without any further disruptions.