Which washing machine parts break the most often?

It seems like washing machines get more complicated every year. It's great that your washing machine has more functions and features that help you do your laundry quicker and better. At the same time, more complicated machines means more parts. Identifying what has gone wrong with such complex machines can be difficult.

At Ateliers G. Paquette, we provide washing machine parts and repair services to customers throughout Quebec, including Montreal and Laval. Although each brand and model of washing machine will have slightly different parts, they all go through the same basic steps to get your clothes clean. To understand how you can tell which part has broken, we'll take you through the basic steps of your washing cycle.

Water fills the drum
Once you've put your clothes in the washer, filled it with soap of some kind, programmed how much water you want to use and how hot or cold you want it (either in a digital panel or the old-school dials) and turned it on, your machine will start on its cycle. Water will fill the drum through the inlet valve that connects your washer to your water supply. A small water level switch tube at the top of the drum lets your machine know when it's sufficiently filled. If there are any problems with too little water entering the drum or with water leaking, it's probably a problem with the inlet valve or the seals and gaskets that connect the hose and the drum to the washer. If your machine is overfilling, it's probably an issue with the water level switch tube.

The clothes are agitated
Once the water is in the drum, your clothes will be agitated to produce soap bubbles. Whether you have a top or side-loading washer, a motor of some kind will create the motion that agitates your clothes. If your clothes aren't being agitated, it's probably a problem with the motor or the mechanism that provides the mechanical motion-often a drive belt.

Water is drained
Once the clothes have been agitated as instructed, the water has to be drained. This happens through a drain pump and hose that empties into a sink or other drain. If water isn't draining, something has probably gone wrong with your pump.

Clothes are washed with fresh water
Your clothes are still a bit soapy at this point so the filling, agitating, and draining steps are repeated with fresh water to get rid of the remaining soap. Since it's just a repetition of previous steps, you will probably have noticed a problem already.

Spin cycle
Finally, the excess water in your clothes is removed by spinning them very fast. If your spinning mechanism is out of control, you probably have a problem with the braking system that keeps the drum from spinning out of control.

Whatever problems you have with your washing machine, we at Ateliers G. Paquette have the parts you need to fix it. If you're in Montreal, Laval, or anywhere else in Quebec and need a new motor, drain pump, or anything else washing machine-related, contact us today.

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