4 Washing Machine Repair Parts Every Handyman Should Keep in Reserve

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If you own a washing machine, chances are it may require replacement parts during the course of its life. Most washer parts can be ordered directly from the manufacturer, while others are found at online retailers. If you prefer do-it-yourself repairs, you might want to have a few of these replacement washer parts on hand in the event of a failure. Here are of the more common replacement parts your washing machine may require at some point:

1. Washer Lid Lock Switch Assembly

Most top load washers will not start the spin and agitate cycle unless the lid is closed. Under the top of the washing machine is a latch assembly that automatically recognizes when the washer lid is closed. If this assembly fails or is defective, your washer may become inoperable, as it fails to spin and agitate. Also, if the washer lid will not open, you may have a defective lock lid assembly. Installation of this assembly part is relatively easy for most do-it-yourself handymen.

2. Washer Drain Pump

When your washing machine fails to drain fully, there may be a foreign object in the hose blocking the pump. If there is no blockage, the washer drain pump may be faulty and in need of replacement. Over a period of time and with repeated use, the drain pump way simply wear out. Drain pumps often come complete with the O-ring necessary for installation.

3. Washing Machine Water Inlet Valve

This device is essential for washers that fail to supply a flow of hot and cold water. The inlet valve will control the temperature of the water flow. Also, if a washer fills with water when not in use, it may be due to a defective inlet valve. This may happen even when the washer is unplugged. When installing your new washer inlet valve, you'll need to disconnect the water supply first. The electrical wires will then need to be reconnected to the new valve.

4. Washer Motor Coupler

When a wash load feels soaking wet after it has completed the spin cycle, a defective or broken motor coupler may be the reason. You can often confirm this by noting if the washer fills and drains but does not agitate or spin. A replacement part is inexpensive, and if you can install it yourself rather than have a repair technician do the job, you could save yourself some money. However, if you are inexperienced or uncertain on how to replace the coupling or any other washer part, you should call a professional.  

For these replacement parts and more, check out retailers like Terry's Appliance Center and always be prepared to fix a broken washer.