Washing Machine Repairs: When to Do It Yourself and When to Call a Professional
Washing machines are essential appliances in our homes, simplifying the task of laundry. Like any other device, they can encounter issues over time. The question is, should you attempt a DIY repair, or is it time to call in the professionals?
In this guide, we’ll walk you through common washer problems, offering insights into when you can roll up your sleeves and when it’s best to seek expert help.
Understanding Your Washer
Before diving into potential repairs, it’s crucial to have a basic understanding of how your washing machine operates. Familiarise yourself with key components such as the agitator, pump, belt, and electronic control board. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions when issues arise.
When to DIY:
1. Unclogging the Drainage System
- If your washer isn’t draining properly, the issue may be a clogged drain. Locate and clean the drain filter or hose to restore proper drainage.
2. Fixing Unbalanced Loads
- Washers can become unbalanced, leading to excessive shaking. Ensure the machine is on a level surface and redistribute the load for a balanced wash.
3. Cleaning the Detergent Dispenser
- If you notice detergent residue or a foul odour, remove and clean the detergent dispenser to prevent clogs and maintain optimal washing performance.
4. Addressing Minor Leaks
- Small leaks can often be traced to lose hoses or connections. Tighten connections and replace damaged hoses to resolve minor leaks.
5. Replacing a Worn Drive Belt
- If you hear squeaking or see a loose or damaged belt, replacing it can be a DIY task. Consult your washer’s manual for guidance on accessing and replacing the belt.
When to Call a Professional:
1. Electrical Issues
- If you suspect an issue with the electronic control board or other electrical components, it’s safer to call a professional to avoid the risk of electric shock.
2. Motor Malfunctions
- The washer motor is a complex component. If you encounter motor-related problems, such as strange noises or failure to start, a professional technician should assess and repair the issue.
3. Transmission Problems
- Issues with the transmission, such as difficulty agitating or spinning, require specialised knowledge and tools. Contact a professional for diagnosis and repair.
4. Complex Repairs Beyond Your Expertise
- If you feel unsure or uncomfortable tackling a repair, especially for more complex issues, it’s advisable to seek the expertise of a qualified appliance repair technician.
Got a washing machine problem? Don’t worry! DP Electric is here to help. Just call us, and we’ll fix it up for you.