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DIY Washing Machine Repair

DIY stands for "Do it Yourself" and it is a trend that has gotten more and more popular in the last few years. It is a good trend too because it encourages all of us to take ownership over our problems and try to fix things at home first before calling a repairman. But sometimes we shy away from DIY when it comes to major appliances like the washing machine. But of all of the household appliances, the typical washing machine is one that you can perform some basic repairs on as long as you know when and where to draw the line and call in the professionals.

Many of the things that might go wrong with your washing machine are simple repairs that you can do yourself. If a hose develops a leak, you can take that hose off, go to the hardware store and get a replacement and install another one. It really is no more difficult than loosening a couple screws, removing the clamps and hoses and putting the new ones on afterward reversing the process. There is no more basic "DIY" project than that. And when you are done and you push your washing machine back into place and it works perfectly, you can feel like a real handyman because you did it yourself.

The heart of good repair for a washing machine is preventative maintenance. If you can inspect your washing machine a couple times a year, you can often spot a frayed belt or a hose that is ready to spring a leak and effect a repair before the problem shuts down the washing machine for a while. The process of performing a preventative maintenance check is very simple…

. Clear the area around the washer so you can get behind it to open the back.

. Make sure you have plenty of light. A "hands free" flashlight is perfect for looking into the "guts" of the washing machine.

. Turn off the water to the washing machine and unplug it. Keep a shallow bucket handy so that if you do have to take off a hose to tighten up the clamps, you can catch any water that comes out.

. Take off the back. This is usually possible with a good screwdriver.

. Inspect and clean the insides. Most of the time, the problems washers develop come from stuff that falls down into the works from clothing. If you can clean out any paperclips, pens, pennies or other objects that could eventually damage the workings of the washing machine, you will have avoided most repair situations.

. Note any worn parts and take notes for your repair work later.

. Tighten anything that is loose.

. Vacuum out the dust and mess to reduce fire hazard

. Open the hoses and clean them out from the gunk that builds up in the joints between machine and hose.

Now you just put it all back together and you have completed the most important DIY repair there is, repairing something before it breaks.