Save Money – Quick Fixes For Your Washing Machine

Whether your washing machine is a GE, LG, Whirlpool, Samsung, Hotpoint, Hoover, or Servis, you can save money by performing your own repairs whenever a problem presents itself. Most washing machine repairs are simple fixes and require only intermediate mechanical skills.

Leaks

If your washing machine is leaking Washer Repair Los Angeles, the first thing to do is to check for the exact cause of the problem. Start outward and work inward. Check the drain. Sometimes a clogged drain can give the appearance of a leak.

If the problem is not a clogged drain, check the tap fixtures. Next, check the hoses leading to the drain. Start the washing machine so that it begins to fill with water. If you cannot identify a break in the hoses or fittings, you will have to take off the sides of the machine and have a peek inside. Be sure to disconnect the electricity to the machine before going inside. The side panel may be held in by screws or spring clips. A putty knife or flat-head screwdriver inserted in the gap should free the panel with a gentle but forceful prying motion.

Once inside, check for leakage at the hoses and connections. Tighten the connections as you check to help prevent leaks in the future. If no specific leak is found, it may just be a worn washer or gasket on the connections. Drain the water from the washer and disconnect the hoses. Replace all the rubber washers and gaskets. Also, if there are any rusted or worn hose clamps, they should be replaced with new ones. Inspect the hose under the clamps as well. If the hoses are dry or cracked, those should be replaced also.

Faulty Controls

Washing machines are sturdy-built machines. Often, it is the controls that wear out before the rest of the machine. The first control to go is usually the lid switch, the one that stops the machine when the top is open. In the case of a faulty lid switch, the first thing to do is clean the machine thoroughly around the top of the lid. Next, clean the slot where the lever activates the switch.

If cleaning doesn’t help, you will need to remove the top of the machine. The top usually pries off, but it may also be held by screws. Once you see the lid switch, check that it is connected tightly to its base. Screw the switch in more tightly. If it is tight, it may just need to be replaced. Unscrew the switch and the wires should pull off. Be sure to connect the new switch exactly as the old one was connected.

Tommy Barrowdale helps people with white good and consumer electronics advice. Once in a while Tommy likes to put on his overalls and help people with their home appliance needs.

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