Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Old Washing Machine: A Guide by Able Appliance & HVAC

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Your washing machine is an essential appliance that plays a crucial role in keeping your clothes clean and fresh. However, like any household appliance, it has a limited lifespan. Over time, wear and tear can lead to decreased efficiency and potential breakdowns. Here are some common signs that may indicate it is time to say goodbye to your old washing machine and invest in a new one.

Age of the Washing Machine:

Age plays a significant role in the performance of your washing machine. If your washer has been a reliable companion for more than 10 to 15 years, it’s likely nearing the end of its serviceable life. Newer models are more energy-efficient and come equipped with advanced features that can save you both water and electricity in the long run.

Frequent Repairs:

Are you constantly calling for repairs to keep your washing machine running? Frequent breakdowns and repairs can add up in terms of time and money. When repair costs become a regular part of your budget, it may be wiser to invest in a new and more reliable washing machine.

Excessive Noise and Vibration:

Unusual noises and excessive vibration during the wash cycle can be signs of internal wear or loose components. Not only is this annoying, but it can also cause further damage to the machine and potentially affect its performance. If you notice a significant increase in noise and vibration, it might be time to start considering a replacement.

Water Leaks:

Leaks around or underneath the washing machine are cause for concern. Besides wasting water, leaks can lead to water damage to your floors and walls, creating costly repairs. Addressing frequent leaks is essential, but if the problem persists, it may be best to replace the unit altogether.

Inefficient Cleaning:

Is your washing machine struggling to clean clothes effectively? If you notice that your laundry isn’t coming out as clean as it used to, even after adjusting detergent and cycle settings, it could be a sign of declining washing machine performance. Upgrading to a new model will ensure that your clothes are thoroughly cleaned and fresh after each wash.

High Water and Energy Consumption:

Older washing machines tend to be less energy-efficient, leading to higher utility bills. Modern machines come with improved energy and water-saving features that not only reduce your environmental impact but also save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Washing machines are designed to be long-lasting, but eventually, it may become more practical to invest in a new unit. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, it’s important to consider the cost of repairs versus the benefits of purchasing a new, energy-efficient washing machine. At Able Appliance & HVAC, we offer trustworthy guidance and superior appliance services. If you’re unsure whether to repair or replace your washing machine, please contact us at 703-916-0509. Our team of specialists will evaluate your situation and assist you in making an informed decision, ensuring that your laundry needs are met without any hassle.

July 2023




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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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