How to repair a washing machine

The invention of the washing machines just made life a lot easier. Imagine never having to scrub you way during each laundry session, just think on the huge amount of time saved by just one simple machine. But machines, just like our cars and toasters, sometimes do break down and stop from working properly. A quick visit to your repair man might solve everything, but wouldn’t it be better for you to repair a washing machine yourself?


Before you tinker with the interior of your washing machine, you need to assess first the damage and the problem. What we need to see and know from this assessment is whether the problem is simple enough for us to repair a washing machine on our own. Tampering with the interior of a washing machine is a very risky thing to do, most especially if you don’t. Besides, you’d end up breaking the washing machine all the more if you try to mess with it without knowing its interior workings.

The first and most common problem would be the simple mechanical failures. For those not using digital keypads on a washing machine, the dial on your washing machine is actually less electrical in nature than what it really is. It is really a simple spring mechanism, much like what you would see in old clocks and wristwatches. Washing machines using this kind of dial sometimes break up and get loose. Try opening the dial using something that can fit through the small opening around the dial, and rearrange the mechanism. For unresponsive buttons in digital keypads, open the keypad (you may have to use screwdrivers or something that can tip off covers). If you see a paper-like circuit board, use a pencil to shade the part where the button is supposed to be pressed.

Another example of a simple mechanical failure is when something gets clogged into the spinning of a washing machine. People sometimes forget to remove certain items from the pockets of their clothes, coins, clips, pieces of paper, etc. These obstructions are usually unable to break through the mechanism of the washing machine, although some smaller ones are usually able to go through. You’d have to open the entire washing machine to see this problem, but simply removing the obstruction can instantly fix this problem.

Improperly grounded electrical connections are probably the most hazardous problems that you can face in washing machine repair. If you’re still alive to notice and assess this problem, check first the simple electrical connection whether there might be some misplaced areas or live wires. If there is none around the machine and the problem still persists, then it’s best that you bring it to the nearest repairman right away to avoid any further problems.

Not all washing machine problems can be solved by yourself, but you can save a lot of money in the long run, if you at least know how to fix the simpler problems on your laundry workhorse.

  • Zach Smith

    There are washer problems that are better left for professionals. But the cost of repairs can skyrocket so think about either having your washer fixed or replaced. In many cases, it is easier to buy a new washing machine than call customer service of the washer manufacturing company or hire someone to fix your washer.

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