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Plumbing  /  May 18, 2022

To Repair or Replace Your Washing Machine

Signs you need a new washing machine

The decision to repair or replace your washing machine can be costly. There are times when repairing costs more than buying a new unit, depending on the issue and your model. However, before making a decision that is likely to cost you a few months of savings, either way, consider whether or not your washer is actually headed for disaster or if it would benefit from a few minor tweaks to get back in order. Learn how to identify the signs that you need a new washer and who to call for plumbing services in Ottawa.

Did Your Washer Spring a Leak?

There are so many different reasons why your washing machine could be leaking, like cracked tubs, loose hoses, or poor connections. One of the other common causes of leaks is too much or, surprisingly, not enough water. Loads that are too small or too large for what the machine was designed to handle can throw off the water fill ratio.

Depending on what is in your washer, there might also be the possibility of distortion. Distortion happens between the connections of metal pieces on either end because they are obstructed by other objects or some kind of blockage; often, coins cause the obstruction. Emptying pockets before loading the washer can help prevent blockages that lead to leaks.

If you notice that your washing machine is leaking, call the professionals at Handyman Connection to quickly and efficiently remedy the situation before your home incurs lasting damage.

No Sleep for the Noise?

Are you concerned that your washer might break through the wall or blast through your roof? When your washer begins to sound like it is ready to take flight, there is likely an imbalance in weight distribution.

This noisy nuisance is an issue that can be fixed quickly and doesn’t always need a technician. However, before tinkering around with an appliance you aren’t familiar with, it is best to call in the professionals to make the job quick and easy.

A few reasons can be behind your washer sounding like it’s about to make a trip across the Atlantic. Technicians will typically add weight to either end, so the balance is better than before. A diagnostic approach might be necessary if that solution doesn’t work because sometimes an unbalanced dryer can point to more significant problems.

Whole Lotta Shaking Going On?

Your washing machine should remain stationary while cleaning, rinsing, and spinning your clothes. If it sways from side to side, rocks, jumps, bounces, or “walks,” from one part of the room to the other, you have a problem on your hands.

While a “walking” washer might still work, for the time being, it is essential to realize that you are on borrowed time. If left unaddressed, you will end up with a mess. Water will eventually slosh outside the unit and onto your floors, causing damage and mildew in some cases. Call a professional immediately, start looking for new washers, or save time and do both.

Old Age Got You Down?

While most washers guarantee a lifespan of 10 to 11 years, the age at which your appliance begins having “aches and pains” is around 8 years old. If your washer is upwards of 5 and close to 8 years old, have a technician regularly check your washer for efficiency. More repairs and higher expenses will accrue the closer you get to the 11-year mark.

New washing machines are designed to be more efficient, saving you more money over time even if the purchase price is a pretty penny. Consider the age of your washer and your financial situation before deciding whether repairs or a replacement is the best option for your household.

For more information on plumbing, repairs, or installation, contact the professionals at Handyman Connection in Ottawa today.

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