How to Repair a Washing Machine

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How to Repair a Washing Machine

Washing machines are one of the most heavily used appliances that people keep in their home. Washing machines are often heavily used, so they are constructed with durability in mind. Unfortunately, that does not mean they are indestructible. When a washing machine does fail to operate properly, it can put quite a strain on the household. Washing machines are a complex appliance with many different components working together, which make them one of the more difficult appliances to repair. The problem is that many times, calling a repairman to fix a washing machine can be nearly as expensive as purchasing a new one. Because of this, people that understand the basics of repairing a washing machine can save themselves a good deal of money.

Common Repair Scenarios

The first step to diagnosing and an inoperable washing machine is to make sure that it is receiving power. A loose plug, a damaged cord, or even faulty outlets are all very simple problems to correct. But, if these are all working properly, the next step is to properly clean the washing machine. It is not uncommon for lint buildup or hard water deposits and leftover detergent to accumulate to a point where it prevents the machine from operating properly.


A simple solution to odours in the clothes is to fill the wash tub with water and add three cups of white vinegar or a half cup of baking soda and run the machine through a complete cycle. If the odours persist, scrubbing the tub with ammonia or liquid bleach is a good way to remove even the most stubborn deposits that frequently cause odours.

Washer Does Not Start

Many different components that cause this issue however the most common failure is the lid or door switch. The lid switch on a top loading washing machine prevents the motor circuit from operating when the lid is open. Verify that the actual lid or door depresses the switch and that the switch is not sticking. If the switch activates but the power is not supplied to the motor or water valve circuit, then the lid or door switch is most likely defective and in need of replacement. If the lid switch does not correct the problem, then it is possible that the start switch or drive motor is defective and in need of replacement.

Washer Leaks

The most common water leaks a washing machine experiences are because of broken or loose drain and fill hoses. The first step is to check the hose fittings for tightness on both the washing machine and the faucet. Make sure that the drain hose is properly seated in the house drain tube. If the fittings are tight and the hoses are good, check the water inlet valve at the back of the washing machine for leakage. If the leak is puddling underneath, it is possible that there is an issue with the water pump or drain pump on the washing machine or an internal hose or gasket that is leaking and in need of replacement.

Noisy Operation

A noisy washing machine is an indication of a part wearing out. There are a series of pumps, motors, and pulleys that operate together to drive the operation of the washing machine. Anyone of these items can cause noise if they are prematurely wearing. The components that most commonly fail are the drive belt and the drive motor, which endure the heaviest usage. Humming or buzzing noises are a sign that the drive motor is failing, where a rubbing type sound indicates a drive belt.

Tools for Washing Machine Repair

Although washing machines are complex appliances, there are just a few simple tools required to repair them. Most of these tools are easily found in a household toolbox.




Have both Phillips and Flathead as well as several different sizes on hand for the many different screws used in a washing machine


A small crescent wrench fits in tight spaces and adapts to the various nut sizes

Allen Wrench

Needed for some specialised screws and bolts

Putty Knife

Useful for removing the top of the cabinet

Slide in between the top and the side panels to release the spring clips

Small Ratchet Set

Useful in tight spaces where the crescent wrench cannot fit

A do-it-yourself handyman normally has these tools available to them. If not, they are easy to acquire and inexpensive and are useful for many other tasks around the home.

How to Buy Washing Machine Repair Tools on eBay

Whether you are a seasoned repair professional or considering your first washing machine repair attempt, there is a wide selection of tools and replacement parts available on


. Begin your search on any eBay page by entering a specific keyword such as "

washing machine repair

" into the search box that appears on the page. Repairing a washing machine is not as difficult as it might seem if you have the proper tools and repair


for your particular appliance. If you suspect a component is faulty, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by removing the component and taking it to a repair facility for testing. Once verified, you can purchase the part on


and install it yourself for additional savings.

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