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What are Some Tips for Washer Repair?

Adam Hill
Adam Hill

Washing machines are generally long-lasting appliances, but the need does arise every so often for repair. Washers perform a variety of functions, which can make it difficult to determine exactly what the problem is, if there is one. Repair is usually a relatively simple matter once the problem has been diagnosed, though. There are some important tips for washer repair that, if followed, will make the job safer and easier.

If your washer doesn’t seem to be working at all, the first thing to do -- and one of the more valuable tips for washer repair -- would be to check the electrical connections. It may seem obvious, but many washing machine owners have searched long and hard for a problem to diagnose, only to find out that the machine had come unplugged or that the circuit breaker had been tripped. Failing that, the outlet itself may be the problem, or the motor may have overheated and simply needs to cool down. Any list of tips for washer repair should point out that much of what is involved is the ruling out of the simple, easy-to-fix problems before testing for more complicated ones.

Circuit breakers.
Circuit breakers.

In keeping with that theme, it’s also good to make sure that the control knob is turned on or pulled out all the way, depending on the machine. The loading door should also be tightly closed and the water faucets turned on and connected properly. If none of these simple solutions work, of if the washer behaves differently, such as making noise but not moving, it may be necessary to disassemble the machine to search for the problem. This time, take extra care to make sure the washer is unplugged, including the grounding wire, and that the water faucets are turned off and the hoses disconnected.

A washing machine.
A washing machine.

Removing the control panel at the top of the machine is the first step. This is accomplished simply by removing the screws which attach it to the rest of the washer, and sometimes to the knobs and buttons as well. The back panel can be removed at this point, by unscrewing it. The washer can then be tipped over so that you have access to the inside through the bottom and the back.

In the absence of a detailed repair manual, either one that came with the washer or one available online, one of the best tips for washer repair is to get as far as common sense can take you. In other words, if the problem is that the washer tub fills very slowly, for example, then the problem could be with the water pump or the screens that filter water as it enters the machine. A visual inspection of the possible culprit will often be enough to diagnose the problem, and to determine whether a part needs repair or replacement. If all else fails, it may be best to call a professional.

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