Introduction: Why does a freeze happen?
A freeze is most likely to happen in areas that have had a lot of snow or ice on the ground. The pipes under the house can get covered from outside and then as they warm up because it’s been so cold outside, the water inside them freezes. When any frozen part of the pipe breaks, that’s when a freeze happens. Most of the time you will be able to prevent a freeze by keeping the pipes covered with something stable and thick that won’t melt in extreme cold weather.
If you find that your pipes are frozen and need a thawing, this article will guide you on how to unfreeze washing machine pipes, so you can use your washer again.
To start, turn off the water to the washing machine. Just turn it off at the pipe that comes into the house.
Next step is to open a faucet in your house and let the water run for about 10 minutes. This speeds up the time it takes for water to warm up inside your home’s walls.
Then, take a towel and wrap it around the end of your pipe that comes into the house. You’ll need to keep going from one pipe to the next until you get to the washing machine itself.
How to Do the Preventative Maintenance and Prevent Freezes from Happening
All of the following steps are to be done at least twice a year during extreme cold weather. What the preventive maintenance will do more of than anything is provide a layer of protection around the pipe. This layer of protection against freezes should prevent many future freezes. By doing this you are also keeping the pipes in good condition so that when they freeze, they’ll be less likely to break and therefore not require as much of a repair.
Step 1 – See if You Have a Potential Problem
To get an idea of whether or not the washing machine is likely to freeze, open it and check the pipes in the heater area. If they’re dirty, they’ll be more susceptible to freezing and you should clean them (see Step #2 below).
If Your Piping Isn’t Dirty:
NOW would be a good time to clean out your pipes if you haven’t done so yet. How to do that:
Step #2 – Clean the Pipes in the Heater Area
If the pipes in the heater area are dirty, clean them. The best way to do that is with a pressure washer. If you don’t have one, you can use a garden hose and sprayer, or if your pipes are really dirty you can also try using a rag and a brush.
With any of the above methods, be sure to clean out all the nooks and crannies, because a lot of dirt could have collected inside those tiny spaces.
Step #3 – Put on Your Boots and Head Outside
What Happens When You Have a Freeze in Your Washing Machine?
The first sign you will get that you have a freeze in your washing machine is that the washer won’t be able to fill with water. Then, after a while of it trying to fill, the washer will stop working and you’ll be left with a frozen washing machine. Most likely when this happens the drive belt will break or slip off, especially if the pipe was froze on top of the washer’s drum.
So how do you fix the washer if the pipe is froze on top of the drum? Well, first I would try to plug in your washer and see if it turns on. If not, then take out the drive belt and let it run for 15 minutes before trying to turn it on. This will soften up any ice that may be stuck inside of your machine’s case. Then put back in the belt and reattach to drum. Once that is done, try to turn on the washer and hope for the best. If it still doesn’t work, then you may have a frozen pipe which can be caused by an internal leak and finally you would have to replace it.
What is the Best Way to Get Your Washing Machine Unfrozen Quickly?
The best way to get your washing machine unfrozen is to open the washer with care and wipe off any excess water that is on the outside of your machine. Then, you should turn off the water supply to your washer at the point where the pipe comes out from under your house. You should then wait for the pipe to thaw out so you can try to fix it.
This should take about 5 to 10 minutes, and once this is done you can then remove any ice that has formed on the inside of your machine. Afterwards, you should turn off the water at the point where your washing machine pipes run outside of your home. You should then wait for the pipes to thaw so you can try to fix them.
You must be careful not to break or freeze any electrical wires as this will result in fire and a lot of trouble.
When you are putting the washing machine back together, make sure that you use a new pipe fitting so you will not get the same problem again.
One more thing, if you do it wrong you may end up with a leak under your carpet which would be very hard to fix and may even require that the whole floor be replaced at a very high cost.
This will result in leaking water that could easily freeze and cause further damage to your home.
7 Ways to Get Your Washing Machine Unfrozen Quickly without Damaging the Machine
If you can’t find the leak and there is water coming out of the bottom of your washing machine, here are 7 ways you can use to get your washing machine unfrozen quickly without damaging it. If you do damage the machine and need to repair it, you may be charged extra due to the damage.
1. Run a hot cycle (no clothes) with the detergent repeatedly until the water comes out clear.
2. Turn your washing machine off then put a hot pan of water in the tub and let it sit for 30 minutes.
3. Run a hot cycle with the detergent repeatedly until the water comes out clear.
4. Allow your washing machine to drain completely then turn it off.
5. Put a hot pan of water in the tub and let it sit for 30 minutes. (Caution: DO NOT do this with a washing machine that states “Do Not Use Hot Water” in the manual). If you do damage it, you may be charged according to your warranty.)
6. Turn your washing machine off then put a hot pan of water in the tub and let it sit for 30 minutes.
7. If you have time, clean out the lint trap and check other fittings to make sure that no lint is sticking anywhere that could cause a blockage. If there is lint, you may be charged extra due to the damage.