5 Laundry Equipment Repairs You Can Make On Your Own

Having a working washer and dryer is a necessity, but they sometimes stop working or don’t work like they should. Before replacing or calling a repair service, try these DIY repairs. Remember to always disconnect from power and water before attempting repairs.

The first thing to check is ensuring the washer or dryer is plugged in. If so, check to see if the breaker has been tripped. When you see that those are both fine, verify that there is no damage to the power cords.

If your dryer isn’t turning on or kicks off after a few minutes, you may need to replace the thermal fuse. A thermal fuse is a safety measure that will blow when the dryer overheats or has a power surge. To repair it unscrew the back panel, and disconnect the wires to the fuse. Unscrew the fuse from the dryer, and swap out with the new fuse. Push the wires back into connection spades of the new fuse, replace the back cover, and plug the dryer back in.

If your washer or dryer is banging or vibrating excessively, they’re probably off balance. To find out, either place a level on top and see if there’s a slope, or gently rock the appliance back and forth, and see which foot is off the floor. Using pliers, you can tighten or loosen the leveling screws on the bottom of the washer or dryer to even it up. You can also use shims of wood to raise the uneven side. Verify using a level that your washer or dryer is even on the ground.

If your clothes aren’t getting all the way dry, you may have a lint and dust backup. The dryer hose often gets neglected but can develop a backup, too. To clean it out, disconnect the hose from the dryer and the wall. Using a long-handled bristle brush, get all the lint and dust out of the hose, and brush all the dust out of the wall vent and dryer vent connection. Once everything is clean, re-connect the hose to the dryer and plug it back in.

If the washer won’t switch on or it fills with water and then just sits there, you may have a broken lid switch. To determine that, you’ll need a multimeter or a continuity tester, but if that’s the problem, it’s an easy fix. If you have a Whirlpool washer (or similar style), unscrew the two screws and put in the new switch. Maytag washers require the top to be removed (by removing the back panel on the washer and carefully lifting the top), but then unscrew the old switch and replace with the new.

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