How to Troubleshoot Estate Washing Machines

Estate brand washing machines are made by the Whirlpool Corporation and are meant to be an economical and functional option to more expensive washing machines on the market. The washing machines offer customary options, such as temperature and fabric settings, and can be purchased in many appliance stores and online. As with all home appliances, individuals may have questions or problems with the washing machine occasionally. This may be resolved through some troubleshooting steps.

  1. Plug the Estate washer into a grounded three-prong outlet if the washer is not operating. Replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker if needed.

  2. Turn the water valves counterclockwise to open if there is little or no water filling the washing machine. Clean the water inlet hose screens to remove possible obstructions and then straighten the hoses if bent.

  3. Remove obstructions from the drain hose if there is water sitting in the tub after use. Straighten the hose if bent and lower the drain hose if set more than 96 inches high.

  4. Tighten the legs and adjust if necessary in order to have all four legs resting evenly on the floor if the washing machine vibrates. Note that overloading the washing machine can contribute to vibrating or thumping as well. Separate items that get caught together and keep load size moderate.

  5. Tug the wash basket into place in the middle of the washing machine if it seems off-center after use.

  6. Check for loose hose connections if the washer is leaking. Tighten the hoses and clean the drain in nearby sinks. Note that if the washer is too full, water may overflow from the top of the washing machine as it bounces off the items inside.

  7. Gently push or pull the wash basket into the middle of the unit if it seems off-balance. The tub can be pushed off-balance during loading or washing.

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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.