Washer Repair: Why You Shouldn't Attempt This Yourself

Leave Your Washer Repairs to the Professionals

Washing machines are one of the hardest working appliances in any home. You expect your washer to operate normally every day, until one day something goes wrong. Then what? Do you attempt washer repair yourself, or do you leave it to the professionals? As washing machine experts, we wanted to give you four reasons why you shouldn't attempt washer repair yourself.

You'll Void the Warranty

Depending on how old your machine is, it may still be under warranty. So if something goes wrong, you could get it repaired or replaced at no charge to you. However, if you try to do the repair yourself, you'll void the warranty and will have to pay for any additional repairs for the life of your appliance.

Common Issues Can be Surprisingly Complex

What may seem like a small issue can actually be a big job. For example, if you start to hear a grinding noise, you might think something's stuck or some parts need lubrication. However, that noise actually indicates that your machine's bearing needs to be replaced immediately. Or, if you hear a banging coming from the washer, you might think your washing machine is simply off-balance. However, a damaged drive pulley could be the culprit.

These are not simple repairs that just anyone can take on. You'll need a skilled repair technician who can take the washer apart, diagnose the issue, fix the washer, and then put it back together.

A Do-It-Yourself Job Can Turn into Damage-It-Yourself Job

Even the proudest do-it-yourselfer is better off calling in a professional to handle any kind of washer repair. If you start tinkering around in your washing machine, then you'll likely fail to fix the appliance and may even cause additional damage. That means you'll be paying a pro more money to fix multiple problems. Save yourself the headache and the expense of doing it yourself. Call a pro in right away.

A Technician Will Tell You to Repair or Replace

A repair technician will get to the root of the issue and tell you whether or not it's even worth it to repair the machine or if it’s time for a new one. Here's a good rule of thumb: If your washer is more than 10 years old and the repair will cost more than half of what it's worth then your best bet is to treat yourself to a new appliance. Be sure to stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of washers and dryers.

Simple Tips to Care for Your Washing Machine

While we don't recommend repairing your washer yourself, we do recommend following these tips to make sure that you'll need repairs less frequently.

  1. Check the water hoses in the back of your machine for bulging, cracking, fraying, or leaking hoses. If you see any issues, then replace them.
  2. Notice if your machine is vibrating or rocking during the spin cycle. If it is, you'll need to balance it to prevent permanent damage. Or, consider a pedestal for maximum stability.
  3. Clean out the lint traps. Your washing machine has lint traps too. Depending on your machine, it may be located in the agitator tube, or near the top of the washtub. Check the owner's manual for the exact location.
  4. Every month, run a mixture of 2 cups of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda through an empty wash cycle to remove mildew, soap residue, and hard water deposits.
  5. Between loads, leave the washer lid open. This allows the unit to dry out and prevents the mildew that causes bad odors.
  6. Use the right amount of detergent. Too much soap can cause excess wear and tear on your washer. Read the instruction manual to find out exactly how much detergent you should be using.
  7. Avoid overloading the washer. Never fill the washer above three-quarters full, and wash heavy items in smaller loads.

There are plenty of repairs around the house that we would encourage people to do themselves as a way to save money. Washer repair is definitely not one of them. It's always best to call in the pros.

Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.