Fix your own washing machine?

If your washing machine is broken and you know your way around washing machine gizzards, you might be one of the many capable folks who have a go at repairing the appliance yourself. 

No, we’re not going to say that you shouldn’t, or mustn’t, but there is a right and wrong way to approach self repair.

The following steps are a basic checklist to make sure you’re up to the task: 

  1. Knowledge or Qualification: you don’t need to have direct experience with washing machines or appliance repair, but you shouldn’t step outside your knowledge or qualifications, especially when it comes to electrical work. Repairing a door handle is a different matter altogether to replacing an electrical component or repairing wiring.
  2. Tools: appliance repair does not require many specialist tools, but there are some. You need to be confident you have the tools you need and know how to use them.
  3. Reference Material: if you don’t have the knowhow in your own brain box, then you need the benefit of good advice from an appliance repairer, or a washing machine manufacturer service repair manual. There is lots of information available online, some of it good and some of it not. Trying to work out who the real experts are can be a challenge so look for someone that cites their repair qualifications. There are also websites that sell service manuals to the general public, but make sure you know what you’re paying for as some only come with appliance parts lists and exploded views.
  4. Exit Strategy: always know how to get back to where you started. Document your starting point, and steps you’ve taken, with notes and photos, and don’t count on remembering. Even a washing machine door handle assembly can seem simple but quickly go pear shaped. With only four or five parts in most cases, there are a multitude of ways they can go back together, but only the magic one will open your appliance door. Even as an appliance repair professional, Washerman often takes photos when dealing with models slightly different to those previously encountered.
  5. Test Your Repair: after any washing machine repair don’t just put the machine on and walk away. Wait for the machine to fill and start washing to ensure it does not overfill, and check for leaks.

If in the end it doesn’t work, remember this… Washerman is only a phone call away 🙂