**How Do I Know If the Motor Has Gone on My Washing Machine?**

**How Do I Know If the Motor Has Gone on My Washing Machine?**

A malfunctioning washing machine can disrupt your daily routine, and a faulty motor is often a common culprit. At Hillside Appliance Repair, we understand the frustration and want to help you identify the signs that indicate your washing machine’s motor might have failed.

### Unusual Noises

One of the first signs of a motor issue is unusual noises during the wash cycle. If you hear grinding, buzzing, or humming sounds that are louder than normal, it could indicate that the motor is struggling or has failed. These noises often occur when the motor bearings are worn out or there is an internal mechanical problem.

### Drum Not Spinning

A clear sign of a motor problem is when the drum stops spinning. If your washing machine fills with water but the drum does not rotate during the wash or spin cycle, the motor might be at fault. This issue can also be caused by a broken drive belt or a faulty lid switch, so it’s essential to check these components as well.

### Burning Smell

A burning smell coming from your washing machine is a serious indicator that something is wrong with the motor. This smell is often caused by the motor overheating due to excessive friction or an electrical fault. If you notice a burning odor, turn off the machine immediately and unplug it to prevent further damage or potential fire hazards.

### No Power

If your washing machine doesn’t start at all, despite being plugged in and the power supply being intact, the motor could be the issue. While this could also be due to electrical problems such as a faulty control board or wiring, a completely unresponsive machine often points to motor failure.

### Overheating and Shutting Down

If your washing machine starts running but then shuts down unexpectedly, the motor might be overheating. Some washing machines have thermal overload protectors that shut off the motor when it gets too hot. This can be caused by overloading the machine or internal motor problems.

### Professional Diagnosis

While these signs can help you identify potential motor issues, a professional diagnosis is crucial for accurate identification and repair. At Hillside Appliance Repair, our skilled technicians have the expertise and tools to diagnose and fix motor problems efficiently.

If you suspect your washing machine’s motor has gone bad, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to provide reliable, prompt service to get your appliance back in working order.