These days, even a minor washing machine repair can cost upwards of $150 when you need to call a repairman to get it fixed.
Save the money and prove to yourself that you can take on the home repairs by tackling the fix on your own.
The great news is that nine out of ten washing machine problems can be fixed with pretty simple solutions and very few tools.
You can always find washing machine replacement parts online for very reasonable prices, so don’t worry if you notice a piece that is completely broken.
Before calling it in, see if it isn’t something you can take out and replace on your own.
Here are a few handy tips to get you through the basic washer repairs.
Tip #1: Check your power source.
Sometimes washing machine trouble can be chalked up to a simple power issue like a busted outlet or a blown fuse.
First make sure that the appliance is properly plugged in, and then try plugging something else in like a phone charger to check that power is coming through properly.
On the flip side, don’t forget to remove the power source before you try to fix anything or take pieces apart.
Tip #2: If the washing machine isn’t draining at a normal rate, remove and inspect the washer pump.
In most mechanisms, this can be done by tilting the washing machine onto one side, propping some books underneath to keep it lifted, and then unscrew the hose and pump.
Sometimes, it might be the case that something in a pocket got stuck in the hose or the pump and is blocking the water and detergent from properly draining out.
Remove any items blocking the way and then run the machine again to see if you’ve fixed the problem.
If you still have drainage problems, it means it’s time to replace your pump.
Here is a great video that can help you make sense of other complexities involving your pump.
Tip #3: Although it might not make a lot of sense off the bat, if the water in your washing machine is taking way too long to fill up, it’s likely that you have an electrical issue.
This is because the mechanism that causes water to rush into the machine is controlled by a water valve which has electrical circuitry, namely an inlet screen that registers the command to begin working.
You can take out the whole water valve assembly system and clean dust or any other debris that has collected on the inlet screen and it may just do the trick.
If not, you can replace the entire water valve for a very low price and simply reinstall the new valve yourself.
Tip #4: Check the lid switch if your machine isn’t spinning.
This applies more to washing machines that feature the drop-down, lid-top type, rather than those which open outwards.
If your lid switch is broken, it may be because you’ve been slamming the door too much.
A replacement switch will run you about the same price as a new water valve, which is to say, no more than $40.
Tip #5: To do any of these aforementioned repairs or to simply remove and inspect individual parts, there’s a few tools you’ll want to have handy before you begin poking around.
Firstly, have a screwdriver around, ideally with multiple sizes, because you’re going to need to remove panels and take off individual parts.
Having a flashlight can’t hurt either when it comes to seeing inside the machine and disassembling smaller pieces.
This is also key for if (and when) you drop some other smaller assembled items down behind the washer and need to get them back!
Less obvious, but equally important is a socket set.
You’ll need a socket set to take out the pump and likely the water valve, depending on the type of washer you have.
And finally, keep a pair of pliers handy for removing tougher items like the lid switch, which has some small and easy to lose parts.