When is Your Washing Machine Too Full?

Every washing machine has a set capacity, which is the maximum amount of laundry it can handle efficiently. Going beyond this limit can negatively impact the washing process and put unnecessary wear and tear on the machine. To ensure your laundry gets cleaned properly and your washing machine remains in great condition for as long as possible, it’s important to understand it’s maximum capacity. Here are some signs that your washing machine is too full.


Incomplete or Ineffective Wash

One of the most common signs of an overloaded machine is that your clothes don’t come out as clean as they should. Overloading prevents the detergent from being distributed evenly and hinders the movement of garments, resulting in an ineffective wash.

Excessive Noise

A washer that’s too full will often make more noise during the wash and spin cycles. You might hear thuds or excessive vibrations, indicating that the drum is struggling to move. If taking clothes out doesn’t fix the noise issue, it may be time to call in a repair company.

Water Overflow

Overfilling can lead to water spilling out of the machine or the inability of the machine to drain properly. If you notice this happening no matter how much is in the washing machine, then you are probably experiencing an entirely different issue. Call a pro right away.

The Risks of Overloading

Overloading your washing machine doesn’t just lead to poorly washed clothes. It also puts unnecessary stress on the motor, wears out the suspension system faster, and can stretch out or damage the drum. Consistently overloading your washer will lead to more frequent breakdowns and reduce the machine’s overall lifespan. Check your appliance’s handbook to find out its maximum capacity and make sure to never exceed it.


If you ever suspect an issue with your washing machine or any other appliance, call Express Appliance Service for expert advice and repair solutions tailored to your needs.