If you wash lots of clothes on a regular basis, you’re sure that you will encounters with the washing machine in the future. Like any other thing, its parts are bound to fail from time to time. While there will surely be a time when you would need to replace it, you can actually prolong its lifespan.
Until a certain amount of time, you can have it repaired. Better yet, you can do it yourself. If you are tight on budget, you wouldn’t want to waste a few bucks on hiring a repair guy. If so, you can follow these steps and have your washing machine in running condition in no time!
1. Safety first!
Before doing anything, make sure that it is not plugged in the outlet. How can you repair your machine if you’d get electrocuted?
2. Remove the top panel and the fascia.
It is held only by a couple of screws. Depending on the make and on the model of your washing machine, the screw driver you’d need for the job may differ. As you would be removing a lot of screws to get the job done, you may want to keep track of where each belongs. Keep them in small separate containers and label them just to be sure. The fascia, you can unscrew from its position after.
3. Take away the control module
If you don’t have enough space to get the job done, you may have to disconnect it. Before you detach anything in this process, it’s suggested that you take a few photos so you won’t have to do all the guesswork when reconnecting.
4. Remove the plinth, the drain hose, the seal, and the front panel.
Do it in this order and you won’t have a problem. Next, take away the detergent tray and counter-balance weights. Then, detach the wires from the element and loosen the nut until the seal is fully released. To remove the front panel, remove all the cables still attached to washing machine.
5. Remove the belt, disconnect wires from the motor, and release the pressure chamber
As all things attached to the tub are removed, you can work on the legs. Have the bottom legs left hanging on the springs, so you can have the top legs completely removed. After that the springs can be removed by popping the door seal.
6. Separate the tub in half
To do this, you would either loosen screws or snap off plastic tabs. Then, pull the front part to release the inner drum. You will have access to all the bearings and you can replace them right away.
7. Reverse-engineer the whole thing
As you want your efforts to have a lasting effect, clean all the parts first. After they have dried, you can simply reverse the process. Refer to the pictures that you took to guide you along the way.
After doing these, you’ll have your washing machine working perfectly again. Basically, what you have to do is remove all the parts, replace the bearings, and put everything back again.
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