The washing machine has long made domestic work easier and works without the participation of the owners. You only need to load a “batch” of dirty laundry and then pull out the clean. But sometimes the machine leaves things puffs and even holes after washing which greatly afflicts the owners.
If you are faced with a situation where the washing machine rips laundry, and you do not know what to do, you will benefit from the advice of our experts.
When the washing machine has nothing to do
Experienced repair masters know that the reasons for which the washing machine tears things are often not related to the technique. The sad situation is created by the owners of the washing machines themselves when they forget about the rules of using the machine. As a result, the very holes on the clothes after washing are obtained.
Here is a list of typical causes, when the washing machine spoils things through no fault of its own.
Sharp elements of the laundry being washed. Clothes often have metal parts on them – hooks, buckles, buttons, zippers, jewelry. They cling to other clothes when the drum rotates and leave puffs or holes. What to do, how to wash such things without damaging others? Close zippers before you wash them, and fasten hooks and buttons. Turn inside out items with metal or sharp elements and accessories.
Note! If you can’t turn things inside out, or if you doubt that the neighboring items will be safe from damage, then take a mesh bag. Tuck the “scratchy” garment into it and put it in the machine. For hooked underwear – bras and corsets, use special washing containers.
Incorrect washing mode. The machine has many programs for a reason. Fabrics unequally well tolerate high temperatures and high spin speed. For example, some models of washing machines have a spin at 1600 pm. It is ideal for heavy linen or thick canvas fabrics. But the clothes of silk can easily appear holes after spinning.
Note! Select the right program for washing different items: cotton, and deli fabrics. Manufacturers’ recommendations are printed on the garment labels. If there is no special program, for example, for silk, use “delicate mode” or “hand wash”. Review your wash washer dryer instructions again. There are also recommendations for washing different types of fabrics.
Overloading the machine with laundry. Another rule, which is forgotten by the housewives is to load by weight. The principle of “more will get rid of a pile of dirty laundry faster” can lead to disastrous consequences. There is not enough space in the drum, the items are pressed against each other and become jammed between the door and the drum. Moreover, when wringing at high spin speed, such “extra” laundry can slip under the cuff in the gap between the drum and the drum, and then serious damage to the clothes cannot be avoided.
Note! To avoid getting in such a situation load the washing machine according to the instructions.
But there are cases when the model is correct, there are no sharp objects, the machine is half loaded, but holes still appear after washing. Why does the washing machine tear the laundry? It means that there is a real malfunction, which should be dealt with by a specialist.
When contacting North Country Appliance Repair Company, customers don’t often complain about their washing machine ripping their clothes. Nevertheless, our extensive repair experience has allowed us to put together a comprehensive list of malfunctions with approximate costs for fixing them.
Foreign objects in the drum
Most often, it is a metal bone from a bra, which at one end fails in the tank, while the other end gets stuck in the perforations of the drum and clings to the items during washing. Sometimes there are pins, nails, and self-tapping screws sticking out of the holes, which fell out of the pockets but did not have time to fall into the depth of the machine.
You need to probe the surface of the drum with your hand or with an easily clinging cloth, such as an apron. Take a sock or tee, pull it over your hand, and stroke the drum. If there is a protruding object, you will catch on to it.
Note! If you could not find the “protruding guest”, the holes stopped appearing, but the extraneous noise when the washing machine remains, means that the object has fallen into the tank. It will not be able to tear things anymore, but other troubles may occur. For example, a foreign object inside the washer can ruin the tank, damage the heating element, and jam the drain pump. Therefore, you need to find and get the “alien” as soon as possible.
Damage to the drum
Washing things with metal accessories, like heavy buckles, big buttons, and rivets, can ruin not only other things, about what we wrote above, but also damage the drum itself. From the impact and friction on the smooth surface, scuffs and burrs may appear, which will cling to the clothes when washing and leave puffs or holes on them.
Also, foreign objects from pockets or loose items of clothing, such as bra bones, can damage the drum. They get stuck in the perforations, cling to the walls, and turn a smooth opening into a hole with jagged edges.
Finding drum damage is easiest with an apron. It clings well to all irregularities on the surface. Put an old stocking or teardrop on your hand and run your hand over the surface of the drum.
Over time, due to prolonged use of the machine, the oil seal loses its tightness, water gets into the bearing, and it begins to deteriorate. Therefore, there is a backlash and a gap between the edges of the tank and the drum. The laundry gets in there, which gets jammed and tears during rotation.
A damaged gland can also cause the laundry to get dirty because the dark bearing grease gets into the tank. This problem is discussed in detail in the article “Why the washing machine leaves stains on things”.
Damage to the drum locking mechanism (in machines with vertical loading)
The hatch on such machines consists of two halves, which are fixed when closed by a special mechanical device. It has plastic housing. If handled carelessly, the housing can be damaged: chips are formed, and the spring of the locking device protrudes outward. During washing and spinning the laundry clings to the sharp edges of the damaged plastic and metal spring, so it appears hooked and has holes.
Sometimes you have to replace the entire tank.
Contact North Country Appliance Repair Company to find out why your washing machine is ripping your clothes and fix the nuisance in no time.