Semi-Automatic Washing Machine Problems

Semi-automatic washing machines help you regulate the water supply and take less time for wash cycles. However, these devices may encounter problems over the time similar to any other appliance.


If you want to know what sort of problems you are likely to experience when using these washers, you should read this article. We curated all the problems of semi-automatic washing machines and even provided the best solutions to counter them.

Next time you face any problem, you can refer to this ultimate guide and troubleshoot them easily and effortlessly. So, what are we waiting for!

Let us get started with the discussion.

What Are The Problems With Semi-Automatic Washing Machines?

Let us discuss about some common problems that most customers face with semi-automatic washers:

Problem 1: Problem With Spinning

Inconsistent spinning or poor spinning is one of the problems you may encounter with these washing machines. In this case, your washer spins inconsistently, i.e., sometimes it spins for more time than usual, and sometimes, it takes very little time.

Reason – The reason behind this variation is the drainpipe placement. You need to have the drainpipe placed horizontally. In any case, if it is not horizontal, it leads to inefficient drainage. As a result, you will notice this inconsistency.

Solution – Adjust the placement of the drainpipe by placing it horizontally, if it is not.

Problem 2: Abnormal Vibrations Of the Washing Machine

Yet another common problem one may likely face with the semi-automatic washing machine is the irregular vibrations.

Reason – The only reason causing the abnormal vibrations is the improper balance underneath the washing machine. Either something has to be disrupting the balance, or the screws have become loose.

Solution – Check for the screws, and if they are loose, tighten them. If your washer does not have any screws or the floor is not providing proper balance, buy a stand for your appliance. If the above hacks do not work and you still notice irregular vibrations, this is what you can do. Adjust the clothes evenly in the drum before you run the machine.

Problem 3: Your Machine Is Not Washing Clothes

Sometimes, you may notice that your washer is unable to wash the clothes. Do not worry! Just check for the below hindrances.

Reason – The possible reasons for this could be no power supply, or the machine is not switched on.

Solution – Here is what you can do.

Firstly, check for the power supply in your house.

If there is an electricity supply, check whether you turned on the machine or not.

Before that, ensure you plugged the washer properly into the socket. After cross-checking the same, turn on the appliance.

If it is still not washing, check the spin or wash timer. If you find it activated, turn it off right away.

Despite all this, if your machine is still not responding, check if the drain mode is on.

If it is switched on, your washer will not wash the clothes. So, turn it off immediately.

After all of this, if your washing machine does not work, then probably it is time to seek the help of an expert. Call him immediately and get the problem sorted.

Problem 4: Clothes With Lint Do Not Wash Properly

This is yet another common problem – the lint clothes or excessive production of lint from clothes. It prevents the clothes from getting washed properly.

Reason – a) The main reason for this is the lint filter. If it is full, it will not allow clothes to get nicely cleaned.

b) The other possible cause is using less detergent than required. Using less detergent than required will usually damage the clothes. As a result, they produce more excessive lint.

c) Using less amount of water for washing clothes will lead to wear and tear of the garments. As a result, they will produce lint.

Let us see how to tackle these issues in the below section.

Solution – a) Make sure you empty the lint filter and clean it after three to four washes.

b) Avoid using less detergent in the washing machine.

c) Make sure you are adding an adequate amount of water, as well.

Problem 5: Simultaneous Filling And Draining Of Water

Sometimes, you may notice that water is filling and draining simultaneously.

Reason – The only reason for this problem could be the wash selector.

Solution – Check if the wash selector is set to drain. If it is, change the setting.

Problem 6: Your Washing Machine Stops Randomly During The Wash Cycle

You may have observed that your washer has stopped randomly during the wash cycle. This is another complaint that we get to hear from the customers. Let us look at what is hindering the machine from performing.

Reason – a) One reason could be the loss of power supply, which usually happens due to the power cut.

b) The other possible reason is the overload on the washing machine.

Here is what you can do about these issues.

Solution – a) Firstly, check for the power supply in your house.

If there is an electricity supply, check whether the plug of the washer is properly intact in the socket. After cross-checking the same, turn on the appliance.

b) If this is not the issue, check for the power requirements of the washing machine and the power supply output.

Whenever your machine is getting more power supply beyond its capacity, it will overheat. Furthermore, it shuts down the motor. Immediately, your device stops working.

Your machine needs to cool down, and once it does, it will start running again. If this is the case, then probably it is the time to seek the help of a professional. Call him immediately and get the problem sorted.

Problem 7: Your Washing Machine Makes A Lot Of Noise While Operating

Washing machines making a lot of noise while running is another common problem people may notice. Let us take a look at the reasons behind this.

Reason – The reasons for a noisy washing machine are as below:

a) When anything gets stuck between the drum and the outer tub, it produces unusual sounds. Most of the time, either debris or coins get stuck between the drum and the tub.

b) Another reason is faulty ball bearings. After regular use, these bearings either become faulty or collect rust.

Here is what you can do about these issues.

Solution – a) Firstly, check the pockets of the clothes for any coins before adding them to the washing machine. Doing so will prevent the production of sound. If the problem persists, call a professional and get the device repaired.

b) For faulty bearing, try to oil them or replace them, if needed.

Till now, we have seen the most common problems with semi-automatic washing machines.

Let us now learn about the problems you may face with semi-automatic washing machine dryers.

What Are The Problems With Semi-Automatic Washing Machine Dryer?

Below are some of the most common problems that we are likely to encounter with semi-automatic washing machine dryers:

Problem 1: Overheating Of Your Dryer

Sometimes, your washing machine dryer overheats. What could be the reasons? Check them below:

Reason – a) The primary reason for the overheating of a dryer is the working of the thermostat to prevent any fire. In such cases, the dryer becomes very hot.

b) Another reason behind this scenario is defective assembling.

Solution – The possible solution for the above is to call a professional to inspect your machine before things get worse.

Problem 2: The Dryer Does Not Turn On

At times, you may notice that the dryer does not turn on. Below could be the possible reasons.

Reason – The only reason could be the lack of power supply, which usually happens due to the power cut.

Solution – Here is what you can do:

Firstly, check for the power supply in your house.

If there is an electricity supply, check whether all the connections of the machine are intact.

If those are not the causes, then check for other things like faulty outlets or knobs. Also, see if there are any tripped circuit breakers.

Problem 3: Dryer Takes More Time Than Required

Is your dryer taking a lot of time? Then, these are the possible causes.

Reason – If you keep the machine running for a longer time than required, the dryer will lose its efficiency. The extended usage of the device will weaken the heating element within the dryer. As a result, you may notice reduced efficiency.

Solution – The only thing you can do is run the machine for the required time. You can check for the condition of the heating element and get it repaired if required.

How To Clean Semi-Automatic Washing Machine Dryer?

Regular cleaning and maintenance of the machine will help the device perform at its best. Doing it the right way and at the right time will further enhance its lifespan. Let us take a look at the step-by-step cleaning process of your semi-automatic washing machine dryer.

This is all you need:

  • Cloth
  • Detergent Solution
  • Lukewarm Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Small Vacuum Cleaner
  • Sudsy Water

Instructions to follow: 

  • As the first step, turn off your washing machine and open the dryer lid.
  • Take a cloth and dip it in the detergent solution. Use this cloth to clean the dryer. Simultaneously, clean the washing machine cover also.
  • As the next step, proceed to the lint trap and remove it out. After removing, pour water through it to clean the lint trapped inside.
  • Take some lukewarm water and clean the walls of the dryer to get rid of any soap, bleach, detergent, and fabric conditioner stuck on them.
  • Check if there is any mould build-up or mildew inside the washing machine. Prepare a cleaning solution with warm water and two cups of white vinegar.
  • Pour this solution into the empty washer to clean or get rid of the mould, moisture, and odour.
  • Let us move to the cleaning the lint filter. For this, you can take the help of a vacuum cleaner. If it is not available at that moment, you can clean the filter manually also.
  • It is time to clean the top and the outer surface of the washing machine dryer. You may use lukewarm sudsy water for cleaning.
  • After you finish cleaning, pour some clean water on the surface to get rid of the soap on it.

If you want to ensure better cleaning of your washing machine dryer, you can try the below hacks.

This is all you need:

  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Dry Towel
  • Old Towels

Instructions to follow:

  • Take the all-purpose cleaner and apply it to the inside of the machine.
  • Allow it to stay for about a couple of hours and the sticky particles will start withering off automatically.
  • After the stipulated time, take a dry towel and wipe the dryer cleanly.
  • Once you finish cleaning, turn on the washer and run it on high settings. You may put some old towels into the device and leave them for about 20 minutes.
  • By the end of the process, you will have a clean and efficient semi-automatic washing machine and dryer.


To conclude, although semi-automatic washing machines are beneficial, you may encounter some problems with them. You need to be aware of the common issues and the best ways to troubleshoot them. When you follow these, you can extend the lifespan of your machine.

Some of the common problems and solutions listed in this article should help you fix your machine. Let us know in the comments if you feel this information helped you sort out your washing machine issues. This would encourage our other readers as well to try them.

If you have any questions or need more information on washing machine problems, do let us know in the comments. Our team will answer all your queries and help with all you need.

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