A bevy of appliances makes housekeeping tasks much easier for modern families than they have been in the past. These days, washing machines can be found in many residential homes.
Access to a functional washing machine allows you to cleanse and sanitize your family's clothing so that you always make the best possible impression on others. Although most homeowners use a washing machine on a regular basis, few know what to do when their washing machine suddenly stops performing.
One problem you might face during your washing machine's lifetime is laundry that is not thoroughly rinsed. Detergent or softener residue should be rinsed completely from all items laundered once a washing machine's cycle is complete. If you spot residue on your laundered items, take action to determine the source of your washing machine's problems to prevent more serious issues in the future.
Check Supply Valves
When your washing machine doesn’t rinse properly, you should begin troubleshooting the appliance by pulling it away from the wall. You will see a set of valves connecting supply hoses to your washing machine. One valve is for cold water and one valve for hot water.
As your washing machine vibrates during use, it can inadvertently bump into one of these valves, restricting the flow of water into the machine during the rinse cycle. Leaks can also form near the valves, lowering water pressure and compromising the function of your washing machine.
Ensure that both supply valves are open all the way and in good condition so that adequate amounts of fresh water can feed into your washing machine during each laundry cycle.
Evaluate Supply Hoses
Once you have determined that the supply valves behind your washing machine are functioning correctly, examine the supply hoses connecting these valves to your washing machine.
Most supply hoses are made from thick braided nylon. The nylon is durable enough to withstand damage during normal use but flexible enough to allow the supply hoses to fit into the narrow space between your washing machine and the wall.
Feel along the surface of each supply hose to check for dry rot or holes that might be allowing water to leak out before reaching your washing machine. Conduct a visual inspection for any kinks or evidence of crimping in the hoses.
If water cannot travel through the supply hoses efficiently, your washing machine will not be able to rinse laundered items properly. Replace damaged supply hoses to eliminate improper rinsing.
Check the Drain Hose
Water that is used to clean your clothing must be drained out of the washing machine's drum before fresh water can filter into the drum for the rinse cycle. These drain hoses have the potential to become blocked if wrappers, money, or other debris left in clothing pockets accumulates inside the hoses.
If the drain hose that eliminates dirty water from your washing machine becomes blocked, the soapy water will remain in the appliance during the rinse cycle. This water residue leaves behind the evidence of improper rinsing that you notice when you remove your clothing from the washing machine.
Monitor your washing machine closely after the wash cycle and before the rinse cycle to see if the drum drains fully. If it doesn't, you will need the help of an appliance repair specialist to locate and eliminate the blockage in your drain hose.
Don't take the performance of your washing machine for granted. A host of problems could contribute to your washing machine failing to rinse clothing properly. If you are having trouble with your washing machine, contact A & A Service Co. We are available 24 hours a day to troubleshoot and repair your malfunctioning washing machine.