DIY WASHING MACHINE REPAIR
Overview: Of savings in time, tools, and money when repairing washers.
We’ll show you how to repair your washer without having to search the web for “washer repairs near me”. Washing machine repair may seem complicated, but the machines are actually quite simple. You can fix most issues yourself with a few simple tools and following the instructions here. This will save you between $80 and $150 on service calls. The repairs that we demonstrate will fix about 90% of all washer problems, such as Kenmore or Maytag washer repairs.
The average DIYer can easily fix these common washer problems. A socket set, nut drivers, screws, and a light are required. The repair can be completed in an hour. However, it is best to set aside the morning for diagnosing the problem, getting parts, and completing the repair. For parts, search in the yellow pages for “Appliance Parts”, or online for “appliance parts” for Maytag washer problems or a washer technician.
Tip: Check that your washer is powered! Appliance “breakdowns” are often caused by unplugged cords or tripped breakers.
Type “appliance repair”, in the search bar above to find more money-saving fixes.
Fix 1: Grinding noise
Remove the pump
Pull the pump away from the motor shaft by popping the snap retainers. Disconnect the electrical connectors on the motor.
You may have a broken coupling if you own a Whirlpool Direct-Drive washer. This is a common problem caused by overloading your machine. This is a simple and inexpensive fix that costs about $22.
Fix 2: Drainage problems
Replace the pump
Support the machine with blocks and tilt it back. Remove the three pump screws and the belt. Lift the pump out of the opening by tilting it forward.
If clothing or jewelry becomes stuck in the hose or pump, it can cause the machine to not drain. You may hear or smell squealing, grinding, or burning rubber. Remove the hose from the tub that leads to the pump. Drain the water in a bowl and look for any socks that are stuck. After that, run a coat hanger through the tube to remove any stuck objects. Shaking the pump will reveal any broken blades. Rotate the shaft of the pump to ensure it is spinning freely. If you see any damage, replace the pump ($55 for Maytag and $44 for Whirlpool). Replace the belts if you notice any melted or burned sections ($35 per set). Maytag belts have been specially designed. Do not substitute a regular “V” belt.
Fix 3: No filling or slow filling
Replace the water valve.
Install the new valve by removing the bracket. The electrical connectors should be transferred to the Hot/Cold sections of the new valve. Transfer the fill hose after compressing the spring clip.
Try cleaning the inlet screens at the water valve if your washing machine is filling slowly or not at all. Type “inlet screen” in the search box above. Replace the whole water valve assembly ($35) if that doesn’t work.
Fix #4: Will not agitate, spin or agitate
Replace the lid switch.
When your washer will not spin, pry up the locking tab on the Maytag-type washer and slide the switch forward. Install the new switch by placing it in the slot, then pulling it backward.
If you fill the machine with water, but then it just sits and does nothing, suspects that there is a broken lid-switch. You’ll need either a continuity test (costs about $8) or a multimeter (costs around $15) to test the switch. You can learn how to use a Multimeter by typing “multimeter” into the search box. Remove the wires from the switch, and then touch the tester probes on the connectors of the switch. The readings on the lid should alternate between continuity (continuity) and no continuity as you open and shut it. Replace the switch ($33) if it does not work.
Replace the switch in a Whirlpool-type washer by removing the two screws. Then screw the new one into place. For a Maytag-type washer, remove the access panel from behind the console. Then replace the switch in the same manner as shown. Be sure to lift the lid first before removing the old switch.
Tip: Do not drop the lid of a washing machine! The lid switch is damaged if you slam the lid.
This washing machine repair project requires the following tools.
You’ll save both time and frustration if you have all the tools needed for this DIY washer repair project ready before you begin.
- Screwdriver 4-in-1
- Nut driver
- Socket/ratchet set
A multimeter or continuity test might be needed. This washing machine repair project requires the following materials.
Prepare all materials in advance to avoid last-minute trips to the store. This is a list.
- Purchase new parts when necessary.