When you start a load of washing, you just want to finish it. Who doesn’t wish to have clean bed sheets and clothes? The Bosch washing machine seems to be rated the most highly for quietness, spinning power, and overall user satisfaction but what do you do if it’s beeping and not spinning?
When a Bosch washing machine beeps and abruptly stops spinning, it could be due to a kinked washing machine hose, damaged drive belt or bearings, or clogged pump. Solutions include cleaning the pump, draining the hose, and replacing the damaged elements.
Bosch washing machines can grind to a halt for many reasons. However, in most cases, it’s relatively easy to fix yourself using some simple tools that you might already have at home. Save yourself hours of frustration and check out the steps below if your Bosch washing machine isn’t working correctly.
1. Kinked or Blocked Washing Machine Hose
Bosch washing machines have a long, coiled hose that connects to the pump. This hose is known as the washing machine drain hose. It can kink or become blocked if your hose is too stiff, thinner than the original one or if there’s not enough room behind your washer.
If your washing machine is beeping and not spinning, it can be related to a blocked or kinked waste water hose. Kinks and blockages can restrict the flow of water or prevent the water from flowing through at all.
Blocked washing machine hoses tend to happen when there is a build-up in the hose or because of a physical blockage, like a kink or clog. This will send an error message to your washing machine and cause it not to spin.
A kinked or blocked washing machine hose can be a big problem, but it’s not hard to fix.
How To Fix?
If you’ve experienced the frustration of a kinked or blocked washing machine hose, you know what an inconvenience it is to have your washer not working correctly. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix!
Here are a few simple steps to assist you:
- Turn off the washing machine.
- Remove the main plug from the plug socket on the wall.
- Ensure the drainage hose is fitted correctly and free of kinks.
- Position a bucket under the tap before removing the hose clip from the siphon connection to minimize spillage.
- Carefully remove the drainage hose, allowing excess water to flow into the bucket.
- Examine the hose for obstructions, such as lint or coins, and gently remove any blockages.
- Reattach the drainage hose to the siphon, ensuring it is snug.
- Restore power to your washing machine.
- Select the “Drain” option on your appliance.
If you’re battling, here’s a video to assist you:
2. Damaged Drive Belt
The drive belt in a Bosch washing machine is part of the transmission system. It transfers the rotational mechanical energy from the main drive motor to a rotating drum. The belt wraps around the pulley during operation, causing the drum to spin.
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The function of the drive belt is important enough that if it breaks, your Bosch washing machine will beep to notify you it cannot spin, leaving you with a considerable laundry problem.
Some signs indicating that your Bosch washer will need a new drive belt include:
- Your washing machine isn’t spinning.
- The drain pump is unable to pump water out of the drum.
- A frayed or cracked belt.
After two years of using a washing machine, the drive belt may need to be replaced.
How To Fix?
When a washing machine won’t spin, and the motor is making a horrible sound, chances are there’s a problem with the drive belt. If this happens, don’t worry – you can replace it yourself and save hours at the repair shop.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to replacing your Bosch washing machine’s drive belt:
- Ensure your washer is disconnected from the main plug socket for safety.
- Remove the bolts securing the rear access panel using a screwdriver and put them aside.
- The drive belt is located on the two pulley wheels; remove it.
- After removing the new drive belt from its packaging, loop it around the drive and motor pulleys with the grooved side facing inwards.
- Now that the belt is in place, replace the rear access panel and tighten the bolts.
If you find this difficult, you can watch this video for some tips:
3. Damaged Bearings
Like the drive belt, a washing machine operates with the help of drum bearings, enabling free movement of the drum. The drum rotates on bearings installed at both ends.
Drum bearings are usually durable parts used in Bosch washers that keep the drum spinning smoothly without much noise. Over time and use, though, the drum bearing can become damaged and need replacing. Damage usually occurs in the form of rust.
Several signs indicate that your washing machine needs new bearings. These signs might include:
- Scratching and humming sounds coming from your washer.
- Rusty bearings.
- Inability to spin.
How To Fix?
A washing machine is a large and complex machine that often has many moving parts. It’s not uncommon for parts to break down, and when it does, you need to be able to take care of it as quickly as possible. It’s not an easy DIY project, but you can fix your damaged bearing with the correct information.
In most cases, the bearing will be a metal ring you’ll need to replace. You’ll have to remove the drum from the unit to get at it, which is likely the most challenging part of this job.
When the drum is removed, look for the metal rings within the drum itself and remove them carefully. Once you have the rings, take them to your local hardware store, where they should be able to help you find a replacement. Be sure to choose one that matches the original in size and shape, so you don’t have any problems later on.
Once you’ve replaced the bearing, slide the drum back into the washing machine and secure it with screws before putting everything else back together again and testing it out.
Replacing your Bosch washing machine’s bearing can be a complex process. For assistance, use this in-depth video as a guide:
4. Clogged Pump
The pump acts as a motorized rotating screw that pushes water through the pipes to the machine’s hose and into the drum.
A couple of circumstances enable a washing machine pump to get clogged and cause it to stop spinning. The first is debris like lint and hair that becomes caught between the rubber seal and the check valve, preventing it from moving freely. This prevents the pump from being able to spin, causing the whole machine to freeze up until you fix it.
Secondly, this can happen if the check valve is old, cracked, or broken, so it doesn’t close properly anymore. You’ll know it’s broken if no water comes out of the hose when you’re using it, though sometimes you might not get adequate pressure to push the water through.
How To Fix?
When a washing machine’s pump becomes clogged, it can cause the drum to turn more slowly or even stop turning altogether. This can lead to the washer feeling like it takes forever to fill, and the clothes won’t get clean.
Unfortunately, this is a problem that requires some hands-on attention. So, here are some guidelines to assist you:
- Switch the washer off and pull the plug out of the wall socket.
- Lift and remove the service flap.
- Drain the water from the pump with a drainage hose and remove the pump’s cover.
- Clean the pump’s interior, threads, and housing so the drum can spin.
- Fit the pump cover and tighten the screws.
- Pour one liter (0.26 gallons) of water into the detergent drawer to test the pump for leaks and spinning power.
- Start the pumping program on your washing machine if there are no leaks.
Sometimes this can be tricky. Here’s a video to help you along the way:
There, you have it. Hopefully, this guide will significantly help you when your Bosch washing machine is beeping and refusing to spin.
While timely maintenance is key to keeping your Bosch washing machine in top condition, it’s not hard to fix if it doesn’t want to spin – even if you aren’t very handy in the house.
However, if you’re still experiencing a lack of spinning after checking these symptoms, it’s time to call a repair company or the local Bosch appliance repair center.