DIY Washing Machine Repair

I’m going to be completely honest here and tell you that my washing machine needed this part replaced a while back, but since it was still functioning I didn’t worry about it too much.

It all started with the washer still running when I lifted the lid, and then it progressed to the washer just stopping mid cycle.  It was pretty easy to figure out that it needed a new lid switch.  The lid switch makes the washer start and stop when the lid is lowered or raised.  After my research, I found out it can make the machine just stop running too.

ordering

I ordered my part from Appliance Parts Pros by searching by model number and the name of the part I needed.  The lid switch and shipping came in at under $25, after using a code I found on retailmenot that saved me 5%.

lid switch

The part arrived in just a few short days and I was ready to get that baby put in.  Any Momma knows that being without a washing machine for just a few days can lead to disaster in the laundry department!

DIY Washer Lid Switch Repair

I watched the video on Appliance Parts Pros explaining how to replace the lid switch. I was able to get this project done in less than 10 minutes and with 2 tools (screwdriver and pliers).  This was probably the easiest replacement I have done.  Not that any of them are hard when you have so much information available at your fingertips.

If you would like to see my process for figuring out what is wrong with an appliance, check out this post on DIY Dryer Repair and this one on how I Called The Appliance Repairman.  

We always try to fix these appliances ourselves so that we can not only save as much money as we can, but prolong the life of our appliances.  Many repair jobs performed by a professional could cost so much that one might consider getting a new appliance, or even worse, go into credit card debt to get a new appliance.

I hope that this post may encourage you to try to do some DIY repairs to help save your family money.

Have you ever performed a DIY appliance repair?  Tell us how it worked for you.  What resources did you use?

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I called The Appliance Repairman

Last Thursday my washing machine started making a loud noise (so bad the kids came to see what was wrong), and it would not spin.  It just made that awful noise.

Being without a washing machine is rather painful in my home.

I am very impatient and I can’t stand for the laundry to build up.

So I called the washer repairman (actually I sent a text to hubby), and told him what was going on.

His reply was “awesome”.

I wish I could be so relaxed when things break.  Especially important things like my washer.

Next I did what I like to do when something breaks.  I searched the internet with “whirlpool washer won’t spin and makes noise”.  You see we try to fix things ourselves as much as possible.  It saves us quite a bit of money and time.

It’s amazing that the first thing I looked at was the solution to my problem.  My search brought up applianceblog.com.  Actually it brought up this page below on applianceblog.com, which was exactly what I needed:

washer repair page

I chose the one with the arrow and got a forum where an actual appliance tech had already told someone how to fix the problem.  It included the parts to check and in what order as well as an awesome video showing you how to do things.

Now we have fixed something on our washer before, but hubby didn’t have this handy video that showed him how to get at the area in question.  In fact as we watched the video he said “so that’s how you get to the stuff”.  He had always wondered how you got to the parts because the back of the washer doesn’t come off.  That is when he said that last time he just turned it over on its side!  (oh my)  Good thing it didn’t have water in it huh?

Anyways he went to work right away (with my expert supervision of course) and in 15 minutes had found the broken part.  It was the motor coupling.

motor coupling

After he got the washer hull off, I found that the inside of the washer is quite nasty!  I had to clean it up quite a bit.  I failed to get a picture of it, but be prepared when doing your own repairs, it’s dusty, dirty and more dirty.

If you want to buy the part right away, the site also has a link to purchase the part from repairclinic.com.  The price with them was $10.55 plus $5.93 shipping.  I have never used this company so I cannot vouch for the service.  I also checked appliancepartspro.com (have used and had great service) by entering my washer model number and the part I needed.  The price with them was $9.76 plus $6.95 shipping.  So really just a little bit difference in price, but I would have to wait for it, and since it was Thursday I knew I was looking at being back in business Tuesday night at the earliest. Yuck!

Did I mention that I am impatient when it comes to my washer (well actually anything that breaks).

washer motor

Friday I was going to have to go to the eye doctor in the town (30 miles away) where there is an Mid South Appliance store.  If I wasn’t already going to be out I might have just ordered it to save on the gas and time.  So I called them up and asked if they had the part. They did and I picked it up on Friday for $16.33 after tax.

Saturday my dear sweet hubby had my washer back in business.

I was very happy!  I cannot live without my washer.  When you wash for 5 people, it piles up in no time.

washer & dryer

I am sure it is easier to fix one of these older model top load washers (non electronic) than it is to fix the newer (electronic) front load ones.  That is one of the top reasons that I will keep my old time washer.  I believe the repair costs are going to be much cheaper as well.

So next time an appliance gives out, try fixing it yourself.  You may be surprised to find out how easy it is, especially with all the helpful knowledge on the web.

P.S. so you don’t have to do an internet search to also find out where the model number is hidden on some washers, here’s a nice picture(I won’t tell you how many times I tried to find a model number before I searched for help):

open washing machine

wasing machine model number

Have you ever fixed your own appliance?

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