Most homes across Australia are fitted with a washing machine and dryer, and this combination can certainly help make household chores a lot easier. However, while these machines will toil away in the background and get the job done, they need a certain amount of interaction in order to load and unload them at the appropriate time. When things go wrong, therefore, it can certainly throw out the best-laid plans and can lead to a frantic search for a solution, so if your washing machine is failing to cooperate, what should you do?
First of all, are you biting off more than you can chew and giving the machine more than it can handle? You may have simply overloaded it and tried to cram too many items in to save even more time, so the first thing to do is retrieve some of the larger items and try again.
Alternatively, the machine may have refused to change from one cycle to the next. If the water is still in the machine, then you may have a blockage in the drain hose and should carefully clear this out after making sure that the machine is temporarily disconnected. Otherwise, it may spring back to life as soon as the blockage is removed and empty the contents out onto your floor.
There may be a separate blockage in the intake hose if it's taking far too long to fill up or may not be progressing at all. Sometimes this is caused by a pinched pipe, and this is not uncommon, as the machine may move slightly during operation and restrict access at the rear. If everything looks clear back there, this may be due to a mechanical or electronic issue associated with the control unit or inlet valve.
If the machine appears to have completed the various washing cycles but does not want to move on to spin dry, then there may be something wrong with the drive belt. This is not something that the average homeowner can fix, however, and will require the help of an expert instead.
If you have been unable to get your washing machine back on track and are falling even further behind schedule, bring in an appliance repair professional as soon as possible. They may not be able to recover your lost time but will certainly ensure that you can complete your task.