While we expect our clothes to be damp at the end of a wash cycle, dripping wet is another story. So where to start troubleshooting when your washer leaves clothes wet? We’ll review the five most common reasons from power issues to part failures so mopping up puddles isn’t on your laundry list.
Washer Leaves Clothes Wet? Check These 5 Things to Solve the Problem
When a washer leaves clothes wet it not only makes a mess but overworks your dryer, causing breakdowns that can lessen its lifespan. A little investigating with these 5 tips can solve the problem, saving your dryer and your precious time.
1. Washer Using Extension Cord
If you’re wondering, “What do I do if my laundry is too wet?” make sure your washer is using a standard power cord. Never use an extension cord to power your washing machine. Most extension cords can’t transmit the level of electricity the washer needs to operate properly.
As a result, a lack of power can decrease the washer’s spin speed, leaving clothes wet. Using an extension cord can also cause your washer to overheat and shut down mid-cycle. When this happens, the spin cycle may be skipped and clothes will remain drenched.
2. Loading Too Many Items
Overloading can lead to an imbalance that reduces the washer’s spin speed, leaving clothes too wet after spin cycle completes. If the washer leaves clothes soaked after a large load, remove some items, redistribute others and run another rinse and spin cycle. This will create a more balanced load and enable proper spin cycle speed.
Avoid overloading by only filling the washer ¾ of the way full with each wash load. Top load vs front load washers‘ capacities may be different. Refer to your washer’s user manual to determine the specifications for your washer’s capacity.
3. Using the Wrong Cycle Settings
When your clothes are too wet for the dryer, be sure to check the cycle settings on your washer. Delicate or hand wash settings may have a slower spin cycle, or no spin cycle at all, to provide a more gentle wash. Make sure you’ve selected the right cycle setting for your wash load .
Many washers also have the option of adjusting the spin speed to better accommodate your particular wash load. If your washer leaves clothes wet, increase the spin speed so your clothes aren’t soaked at the end of a wash.
4. Washer Not Spinning Properly
A washer leaving clothes too wet can be experiencing a part failure that affects the spin cycle. These components may be at fault when your washer isn’t spinning properly:
- Lid Switch Assembly: In top load washers, the lid switch assembly stops the washer from spinning if the lid is open. When the switch is malfunctioning, the washer won’t spin even if the lid is closed. If multimeter testing of the switch shows a lack of continuity, it requires replacement.
- Door Latch: Similar to a lid switch assembly, a front-load washer’s door latch signals the washer to begin a wash cycle. When the latch is failing, it won’t send a signal to the washer and it won’t start spinning. If the latch is damaged or fails multimeter testing, it needs to be replaced.
- Drive Belt: The drive belt is suspended around the washer tub on two pulleys, supporting the weight of the drum as it spins. If the belt frays or breaks, the washer tub won’t be able to spin. A damaged drive belt requires replacement.
5. Washing Isn’t Draining All the Way
Draining issues can also be a reason your washer leaves clothes wet. Here’s how to solve the following drainage problems:
- Drain Hose Kink: Visually inspect the drain hose for kinks or twists. Carefully straighten any kinks to ensure that water flows freely through the hose.
- Drain Filter Clog: In front load washers, the drain filter is located behind a small access panel at the bottom of the washer. Open the panel, take out the filter, and remove any accumulated debris.
- Drain Pump Malfunction: The drain pump is typically located behind the washer’s back panel. After disconnecting the drain hose and removing the panel, inspect the pump for clogs. If there are no visible clogs, test the pump for continuity with a multimeter. If multimeter readings yield a reading other than 5-10 ohms, the pump has malfunctioned and needs replacement.