What Happens if You Overload Your Washing Machine?

Throwing as many clothes as you can fit into your washing machine may seem like the best way to approach laundry day, but it can lead to serious problems. The consequences of overloading a washing machine can range from mild inconvenience to costly repairs. And believe it or not, consistently overloading your washer could lead to dangerous situations. Here’s what could happen if you overload your washing machine.


An Overloaded Washing Machine Can’t Clean Properly

The biggest reason not to overstuff your washing machine is that all of the clothes won’t be cleaned properly. When you overload the machine, there is not enough space for the clothes to move freely, leading to poor wash performance. Your clothes might come out still dirty or with detergent residue on them.

You Could Break Your Washer

Overloading can cause mechanical issues in your washing machine. The extra weight of the clothes can cause the drum to become unbalanced and result in loud banging noises. An unbalanced drum can lead to excessive wear and tear on the machine, shortening its lifespan. A heavy load can also cause damage to the motor of your washing machine. When the machine is overloaded, the motor has to work harder to spin the drum. This extra effort can cause the motor to overheat, which can lead to a burnt smell or even cause the machine to catch fire. In short, overloading your washer could be very dangerous!


To avoid these issues, always stick to the manufacturer’s recommended load size for your washing machine. If any problems come up, contact Express Appliance Service. Our experienced technicians are equipped with the tools and knowledge to diagnose and fix most issues with your washing machine. Give us a call today to get on our schedule!