DIY Washing Machine Repair During Quarantine
The coronavirus, aka Covid-19, has kept many Indians home to cut the spread. All the increased food preparation, laundry, and cleaning put Indian family, as well as houses and appliances under increased stress and washing machines, are no exceptions.
You are at home, and your washing machine packs up. This is a worse condition, which will require you to handwash and increase your workload exponentially. The good news is that there are some simple repairs you can do yourself at home to fix your washing machine without getting an expert to help.
In case you have a fault in your washing machine, the most common washing machine problems are with the drum, electrical failures, and the water not entering or emptying. Defects with the drum can cause all kinds of issues, from making the washing machine noisy to meaning it can't spin at all. Unfortunately, drum problems are tricky to fix yourself, and electrical faults will be the most likely cause of your washing machine not turning on. Follow the below-mentioned steps to fix common problems yourself:
- Check the fuse in the plug and socket by plugging it into another appliance and see if it works with the same outlet.
- Check the standby switch on the machine.
- The door latch that indicates the machine that it's safe to start washing should be checked.
Unfortunately, if it isn't one of these three, you'll need to get a professional in to fix this issue. And it could only be cheaper and less of a hassle to buy a replacement.
Now let's move on to some of the more complex fixes for a washing machine that will require you to have access to some of the standard tools.
Required Tools for this Washing Machine Repair Project:
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Nut driver
- Socket/ratchet set
How to fix drum noise-
Turn the retainer screws using a screwdriver and pull out the pump off the motor and replace it. Check the coupler and motor thoroughly and see if any part is broken or should be replaced to eliminate the sound. It is a common failure caused by overloading the machine.
Turn over the machine back and support it with blocks. Remove the pump belt and the three pump retaining screws. Tilt the pump forward and lift it out of the opening to get the hose out. First, remove the hose that goes from the tub to the pump and check for stuck items that are restricting the water flow. Then run a coat hanger through the tube and pull out the stuck objects. Next, check the pump for broken blades by shaking it. Rotate the pump shaft to make sure it spins freely. Replace the pump if you find any damage.
Slow or no filling-
If your washing machine fills slowly or won't fill at all, try cleaning the inlet screens on the water valve. Remove the water valve bracket and mount the new valve if damaged. Then transfer the fill hose by compressing the spring clamp. If it doesn't work, you will have to replace the entire water valve assembly.
If your machine is not starting at all, even with proper electrical connection, then the fault must be with the internal circuit of the washing machine or the motherboard, which will require you to fix it through experts or to get a new one. For that head on to Sulekha and find the best Washing Machine repair experts to get yourself the best quotation in the market. The moment relaxations are announced on lockdown; the experts will communicate with you the best time to come and fix your appliance.