Solutions for Water Heating Issues in Washing Machines

Hot water is essential in washing machines for effective laundry cycles. When your washing machine fails to heat water properly, it can significantly reduce the quality of your laundry. Here are some common washing machine water heating issues. If you think that any of these apply to you, contact a professional repair company.


Crucial Parts That Impact Water Temperatures

  • Heating Element Functionality: The heating element is crucial in warming the water to the desired temperature. If your laundry is consistently coming out lukewarm or cold, the first component to check is the heating element. It may be damaged or have electrical connection issues, requiring a professional repair.
  • Thermostat Troubles: The thermostat regulates the temperature of the water. A faulty thermostat can lead to inconsistent water temperatures, which may not be hot enough for effective cleaning. Having a pro test and/or replacing the thermostat can often fix this problem.
  • Electrical Issues: The washing machine’s ability to heat water can be hampered by electrical faults – such as loose connections, tripped circuit breakers, or blown fuses. Have a professional check these regularly to reduce the likelihood of a future issue.
  • Hard Water and Limescale Buildup: In areas with hard water, limescale can accumulate on the heating element, reducing its efficiency. This buildup can be prevented through regular descaling, which ensures the element functions effectively and extends the lifespan of your machine.

Preventive Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial for your washing machine’s longevity and efficiency. This includes descaling to remove limescale buildup, checking and tightening electrical connections, and ensuring that the heating element and thermostat function correctly. An appliance pro can help you with all of these maintenance tasks.


Most washing machine issues, especially those involving electrical components or internal mechanics, should be handled by professionals. Attempting DIY maintenance/repairs on complex problems can lead to further damage or even pose safety risks. For expert assistance with your washing machine, contact Express Appliance Service today!