My Washing Machine Won’t Drain
If your washing machine won’t drain, the problem is most likely in the drain hose or the pump.
Since the washing machine is filling up with water, you can rest assured that the motor is working correctly. And if your washing machine spins or runs through a cycle, then you can be sure that the belt is OK.
Since the washer fills and spins, the problem is probably the drain hose.
Be certain that the hose isn’t crimped or kinked.
Lift the washing machine lid and examine the tab that rests under the lid. This tab connects to a switch on the washing machine. If it is broken, the washing machine will turn off and won’t drain thoroughly.
If the tab is broken, you can try to fix it yourself, however, you may find that it is best to have a professional repair it for you.
If the problem isn’t in the lid switch or the drain hose, then the problem may be that the water pump is broken.
This will require the services of a professional plumber.
I Have Rattling Pipes. What Should I Do?
Rattling pipes are referred to as “water hammer”.
Water hammer occurs when the motion of water comes to an abrupt stop or suddenly the water changes direction of flow in your pipes.
The rattling noise can be stopped by insulating the pipe. Wrapping the pipe with a towel or blanket can be an effective way to control the rattling.
Water hammer can also be treated by recharging the water supply.
By recharging the water supply, the amount of air in the pipes is increased, which, in turn, causes the water to flow freely.
To recharge the water supply, turn off the main water supply valve, and then open all the faucets. When you turn on the main valve, begin shutting the faucets off, one at a time, beginning with the faucet that is lowest in the home.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, you need to contact a plumber.
Boiler Banging Noise: Know How to React
A boiler banging noise can be very disconcerting whether you are a new home owner or have lived in the house for a very long time. A banging noise from the boiler is not necessarily the first sign of a larger problem; however, it is a sign that your boiler system needs some attention. There are many reasons why your boiler or pipes will begin to make noises and the reason(s) why will need to be thoroughly investigated.
The number one reason why you will hear a boiler knocking sound is air build up in the system. Through the process of adding water to the system air will naturally accumulate in your boiler system and pipes. Find the bleeder (or pressure release) valve for your system and slowly let the air escape the system. You will probably hear a hissing noise as the air escapes the system. This should eliminate the banging sound if it is the sole cause of your problem.
Another issue that can lead to banging noises from your boiler is sediment build up in your system. As the sediment settles on the bottom of the tank, when the heating element begins to heat the water, it is blocked by the hard crust of sediment and this will lead to rapid heating of the water, which in turn, creates steam in the system and the banging noises that you are hearing.
Another cause of banging noises from your boiler is a faulty expansion tank or a fast closing zone valve. If either of these parts is not functioning properly they will either need to be repaired or replaced. Replacing or repairing a boiler expansion tank or zone valve is a job best left to a professional. If you believe that this is the cause of your problems, call a service technician to properly diagnose and repair your boiler system.