It has happened to everyone. You head to the laundry room, arms full of dirty clothes, and dump them in. But when you hit START, nothing happens. What went wrong? This Amana washer troubleshooting guide will help you diagnose some of the most common washer problems. You'll be back to doing laundry in no time. Which, for once, is a good thing.
What to Do Before Troubleshooting Your Amana Washer
Before you go any farther, check the power to your washer. Is the plug fully inserted in the outlet? If not, plug it back in, chalk it up to a learning experience, and proceed with washing your clothes. You have gotten all you need from this Amana washer troubleshooting guide.
If the washer is plugged in and you aren't getting power, look at your circuit panel. Is the breaker tripped? If so, turn it back on and try the washer again. Contact an electrician or repair professional if this keeps happening, since there is likely an electrical problem within your washer. In the meantime, get back to laundry.
If the washer is plugged in, the breaker is on, and you are still not getting anything, keep reading for some possible solutions to your washing woes.
Please remember you'll need to unplug any appliance before you try to repair it.
Troubleshooting A Front Load vs A Top Load
There are some basic differences between front load and top load washing machines. The most obvious one is the placement of the door. You'll find slight differences when troubleshooting a front-loading vs top-loading washer, and these are largely due to doors seals and agitators.
FRONT LOAD-SPECIFIC ISSUES
Worn or torn door seals are a common source of water leaks in a front load washer. This flexible ring makes sure that water stays in the drum once the door is closed. If you are finding small wet spots near the front of your washer after doing laundry, check the gasket for wear or damage. The sooner you change it, the quicker you avoid water damage if it fails completely.
The door seal is the source of another common problem with front-loading washers: odor. Because they seal so well, these machines can quickly develop a musty or moldy smell. Wipe around the door seal with a mild disinfectant or vinegar and make sure to use a washing machine cleaner regularly to avoid this problem in the future.
Top Load-Specific Issues
Another difference between front load washers and their top-loading counterparts is an agitator. Front-loading machines do not have agitators, while traditional top load machines do. Modern HE top-loaders will not have an agitator, so this is becoming less of an issue in modern washers.
Amana Washer Troubleshooting Guide
Armed with a basic understanding of the differences between top and front load washers, you are ready to begin troubleshooting your Amana washing machine. Here are three of the most common problems US households have with Amana washers, and some simple solutions to try.
WASHER WON'T FILL OR FILLS TOO SLOWLY
There are two common issues that cause this problem with Amana washing machines: low water pressure and a problem with the water inlet valve.
A washer needs a certain level of water pressure, around 20psi, to function properly. If your house water pressure isn't meeting that threshold, you will have problems filling your machine. Check to see if there is a decrease in water pressure or if the water supply has been accidentally turned off.
If water pressure is not the issue, locate your water inlet valve. This will be where your water supply hooks into the machine. Turn off your water before you remove the supply line unless you want to have water everywhere.
Clean the screens in the valve to make sure any debris form your pipes isn't interfering with water flow. If the water is still not filling properly, consider changing the inlet valve.
WASHER WON'T AGITATE CLOTHES
If you have overloaded your washer, the laundry inside may be getting tangled and jamming the machine. It may also cause the washer to become unbalanced, which may keep it from agitating. If you think this is the problem, remove some of the items and see what happens.
Washers have a small switch that engages when the lid is closed. Many won't go beyond filling, and some won't even start, if this is not engaged. Check to make sure the lid is fully closed and the latch is secured. The fix is simply latching the door properly.
This is obviously a more serious problem with your washer and something you may not feel comfortable tackling yourself. If you haven't overloaded the machine and your lid switch is fully engaged, but your washer still won't agitate or spin, you may want to have it checked by a professional.
WASHER IS LEAKING WATER
This could cause multiple problems and should be addressed immediately. There are several places that commonly spring leaks in washers.
That same valve that can cause slow filling is also a likely culprit for leaks. If the water seems to be coming from the back of your washer, check to see if there are any cracks in the valve and if your water supply is firmly connected.
While you are checking the water supply connections, check the fill hose too. Small cracks or wear in a seal can cause leaks. If left unchecked, this could turn into a serious problem. Replace any fill hoses that appear worn or damaged.
Water gets pumped through this after each cycle, so it sees as much water as any other part of the machine. Check the length of the drain hose for holes or cracks and replace it if necessary. You should also check the drain pump to make sure there are no visible cracks or leaks there.
Start with simple and obvious solutions and work your way to the more complex. You might be surprised at how many laundry disasters can be averted by following this simple Amana washer troubleshooting guide.