Washing machine design has become more complicated over the years, with more moving parts that can become worn out faster and more features that could stop working. That said, if well maintained, the typical washing machine can still clean your clothes and last as many as 14 years, regardless of whether the unit is a front or top loader.
If you do end up having your washing machine for 10 to 14 years, this doesn’t mean those years will be with no problems. You may experience broken parts and clogs, which are repairs that are usually economical enough to that it’s worth fixing the washer instead of replacing it.
A common problem people experience with their washing is when the appliance doesn’t drain or if the water line is leaking. Both can give the appearance that the unit is finished. It may be, but it’s worth checking to see if the water pump is the problem before getting rid of your washer. Water pump repair installation is fairly easy to do yourself. Doing this will save a lot of money and can extend the life of your washing machine.
Water Pump Replacement Steps
The process of replacing or repairing a water pump is not complicated. The average handy person will usually be able to do it in fewer than two hours. No special parts or tools are required and the steps to complete the repair are simple.
You’ll need to get all the supplies before you begin the repair project. Determine what type of pump you need. This can be found in the manufacturer’s handbook. If you no longer have a hard copy of it, you may be able to find that information online. Or contact the manufacturer directly to see what suggestions they can provide.
Gather these supplies:
– Needle-nose pliers
– Nut driver
– Slot and Phillips screwdrivers
– Bucket, sponge and towels
– Something to prop up half the machine like paint cans or scrap wood
Once you have the supplies, you’ll be ready to replace the water pump. Unplug your washing machine and then manually bail out any remaining water. Clamp hoses to prevent leaks. Prop up the appliance.
Remove the face of the washing machine to expose the pump. The pump is usually located near one of the bottom corners of the machine and it will be connected to a translucent hose. Check that hose for any clogs. Remove any visible clogs (hair, small garments, and bobby pins) with the needle-nose pliers.
Disconnect the drain pump hoses from the pump and place them in a bucket to catch any leaks. The pump itself is held to the washing machine with a few screws. Detach them and remove the broken pump. Replace with the new one and put the machine back together.