Washing machines are a modern convenience we take for granted. They provide the flexibility of providing clean clothes and linens on a day-to-day basis. Regular servicing and maintenance of your washing machine provides piece of mind and will allow the prevention of your washing machine failing at the worst possible time. In the long run, properly maintaining your washing machine will save you from the frustration of taking your laundry down to the local Laundromat.

Types of Washing Machines

  • Top Load
    These machines allow easy access for loading and unloading of laundry. They are also faster than front load washers, but use more energy and water. Traditional models utilize a central agitator for moving and cleaning the laundry, which may result in noisier operation. Today's newer technology machines have eliminated the central agitator.
  • Front Load
    This style is more energy efficient and tend to offer better cleaning than top load models. Additionally, they use a fraction of the water by smartly determining the amount of water based on the weight of the laundry. They are more efficient in their spin cycles, reducing dry times, as well as being quieter than their top load counterparts.
  • Combination Units
    Stackable or all-in-ones are popular names for these machines. They typically feature a washing machine with a dryer stacked on top, saving space and making them perfect candidates for condos, motorhomes, or other areas where space is tight. They are still able to process standard sized loads. They are available in both front load and top load variations.
  • Compact Units
    These are smaller, compact washing machines that are typically stored in a closet or under a counter and retrieved when needed.

Common Problems

  • The Washing Machine is Dead
    The most common cause is a tripped off-balance switch, during the spin cycle, the laundry was not distributed evenly and caused the tub to trip the switch. Redistribute the laundry and try again. If that is not the cause, check the outlet for power. If there is power, there is probably an issue with the timer circuit.
  • The Washing Machine won't Spin
    Soaking wet clothes at the end of a cycle indicate the washer is not competing the spin cycle. There are many causes including a defective lid switch or plunger, a burned out spin solenoid, broken wires, a worn or broken drive belt, or an issue in the timer circuitry.
  • No Agitation
    Again there are many culprits for causing a no agitation situation including a worn or broken belt drive, bad lid switch or plunger, the agitator assembly, and possibly a bad timer circuit.
  • Excess Vibration
    The washer may not be leveled properly or the load is in a slight to moderate unbalance condition. There are also internal issues that may cause this condition.
  • Washer Leaks
    Loose hoses, improper or excess soap, drain clogs, leaking pumps, tubs or supply hoses can be to blame.
  • Water not Draining Properly
    Water will not drain if there is a defective pump, a work belt drive, or the drain hose is clogged.
  • No Cold Water
    The cold water supply may be off or there can be a problem with the cold water valve.
  • Laundry is Soapy
    A defective timer circuit or a clogged cold water valve may be the cause.


  • Belts
  • Timers
  • Motors
  • Safety switches
  • Hoses
  • Supply Hoses
  • Agitator assemblies
  • Transmission
  • Solenoids
  • Valves

Call the professionals at Dillon Appliance Repair for problems or preventative maintenance. If your washing machine is not working, rest assured, we can fix it.