Just imagine life without the convenience brought by a simple, and yet highly useful washer? Without a washing machine, things may be totally different today. Instead of spending quality time with family and loved ones, we all may be hand washing clothes in the sink for hours just so we can get the nasty stains and dirt from them. There wouldn’t be much time for us to enjoy more worthwhile activities. In short, it would be relatively tough to get through life without the discovery and application of washers.
It is due to its utmost functionality that makes it all the more important for us to properly care and maintain our washers. Despite the heavy-duty nature of this machine, it does experience technical problems from time to time. Instead of hiring professional help to have them fixed, you can make the necessary repair all by yourself at the comfort of your own home. Do-it-yourselfers will be delighted to know that washer repair and troubleshooting is relatively easy provided that you are familiar with the different parts and components of a standard washing machine. Although construction and configuration differ from one company to the next, most of the fundamental mechanisms are all but the same. By simply following basic repair instructions, you can complete a repair without having to shell out money for professional washer repair services.
One fact about washers is that it is harder to diagnose than repair them. User manuals however make it easier for us to troubleshoot common problems that washing machines encounter. Instead of throwing away the manual, keep it as this will come in handy when you need to do quick fixes to your washer. A basic understanding of washing machine mechanic is only possible if you read the manual and identify the parts even before you encounter any technical problems. This will make it easier for you to do the repairs once you are faced with a dilemma.
There are a host of benefits for homeowners that decide to perform DIY washer repairs instead:
- Save Money
Hiring professional washing machine specialists will require you to pay hundreds of dollars. Even the most basic washer malfunction will set you back a few hundred dollars at the least. What majority of homeowners do not know is that most of these problems can be fixed without any specialty tools and minor adjustments- quick fixes that you can do with little know-how and skill.
- Faster Replacement of Parts
Washer problems that need replacement of components will mean that you will be unable to use your washer for a number of days or up to weeks. Just imagine the hassle of not being able to wash your clothes at home and dragging your dirty clothes to the nearest laundromat. It is undoubtedly frustrating to do all these while professionals look for the spare parts and replacement for your washer. Truth is some of the replacement parts can be easily purchased directly from manufacturers with relative ease. There are even supply stores which sell universal replacement parts. Do-it-yourself washer repairs will enable you to replace damaged or broken parts within hours. You will never have to suffer the consequences of being without a washer again.
- Feel empowered by doing it yourself
Needless to say, by gaining knowledge on how to do common washer repairs, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Investing just a few hours of your time towards familiarizing yourself with the parts of your washing machine and their corresponding mechanics will let you develop skills that will be highly useful at home. By fixing the washer all by yourself, not only are you saving a ton of money, but you are also prolonging its life and utility as well.
Here are common washer malfunctions and their corresponding repair solutions as well.
- Check the main power lines
Although the washing machine is a complex appliance, the most common problems that it encounters are those that are simple and quick to solve. If your washer does not want to power check for the main electrical line that connects it the outlet. If the plug is not damaged, loose, or malfunctioning, check your home’s main circuit breaker. A blown fuse or damaged electrical plug is relatively easy to repair as it does not require for you to disassemble your washer’s control panel and engine.
If your machine still isn’t working after checking the power lines, it’s best to assess deep within its parts and components.
- Check the washer’s water supply
Once you’ve finally evaluated that the main power lines of your washer are working properly, the next thing that you need to check is its water supply. There are times when knobs and hoses experience disruption caused by blockage or kinks. Check all water supply lines and make sure that no such issues are present. Make sure that the flow of water from the faucet to the hose is present and make sure both components are working properly as well.
Dirty and stinky washer
A washing machine; whether top loading or front loading may accumulate dirt and smell which results in a stinky washing machine over time. This happens to both washer types and can easily be eliminated by DIY cleaning. Yes, you don’t need a technical repair man to clean your stinky washer. Here are the steps that you need to follow for a clean and smell-free washer:
- Baking soda or orange juice
- White vinegar
Add all these ingredients and run the washing machine on full cycle, of course, without any dirty clothes and laundry.
If your problems are stubborn deposits and a stinkier odor, here are ingredients that you may want to try as well:
- Household ammonia
- Mild detergent
- Liquid bleach
Combine household ammonia and mild detergent. Use the solution to thoroughly rinse the inside of your washer. After this, wipe the insides thoroughly until dry. The next step is to use liquid bleach to so your washer looks and smells clean yet again.
Other more complicated problems that your washer may experience can be easily fixed by simply following the guidelines that are contained in the manual. Make sure to follow the directions strictly so you don’t end up damaging your washer more than it already is.
Lastly, exercise extreme caution when working with the electrical parts of your washer. Before any repairs can be executed, make sure to unplug the washer from the wall outlet.
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