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Lately, the cost of virtually everything has gone up. in some cases, by a lot. One example of this is the cost of home appliances. In many countries, the price of new dryers, washers, dishwashers, and similar items has increased by more than 10%, since 2020. Long queues at ports and other transport hubs are leading to supply delays. High energy and material prices are making manufacturing more expensive.
If this situation continues and demand outstrips supply prices are likely to rise even faster. Leaving many people with little choice but to carry out their own repairs. Something that is, fortunately, far easier than you may think. Here is how to go about repairing your household appliances yourself.
Source the parts online
It is surprisingly easy to source washer parts online. For example, parts to fix your Whirlpool washer are available here. That supplier sells parts for most makes and models, including some of the older ones. Also, if you are not sure what part you need to order that supplier has a pro standing by to advise you via live chat or email.
Find out how to troubleshoot the problem
You can also go online to learn how to work out what is broken. This washing machine troubleshooting guide is a good place to start. If, after watching it, you are still unsure of what the underlying issue is, try going to one of the spare part retailers ´websites and reading their “how to repair” articles.
Most of the time you will be able to work out what the issue is and, in many cases, will be able to easily solve the problem. Often, it will turn out to be something simple like a blocked hose or a coin that is caught under the door rubber.
Work out if you can make the repair yourself
Once you know what is wrong you need to assess whether you can carry out the repair yourself. In some cases, it will be better to leave it up to a professional. For example, if you are not very strong and live alone a repair that requires you to tip the washing machine on its side would be difficult for you. Unless, of course, you can get a friend to help you. Making sure that you have access to the right tools is also important.
The best way to do this is to go to YouTube and watch a few videos. If the repair looks too complicated for you it is best not to attempt it. Instead, call in a professional.
This YouTube channel has several washer repair videos, which cover the most common issues. They are all easy to follow.
Most homeowners can fix a faulty washer within a couple of hours or a morning. Parts do not usually cost much, and you rarely need any specialist equipment. So, the next time your washer breaks down it is well worth investigating the possibility of fixing it yourself.
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