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When you own a washing machine, as just about any homeowner today will, you know that it will need repairs. Over time, it will likely even need to be replaced. You can keep changing the parts over and over, but eventually something will go that is not worth repairing.
The price of a washing machine today means that, like other appliances, it is sometimes cheaper to replace the whole thing than repair a single issue. And much like any other appliance, replacing one part does not mean the problem will go away. The next week, something else could snap and cause you to seek out another repair part!
For a washing machine, among the most common parts to break will be the bearings, which are very important to how the washing machine actually runs.
For some, however, it is simply not worth the time, stress, effort, and cost needed to replace them. So when the bearings have worn out on your washing machine, you need to make a decision. Ask yourself this: is it worth replacing the washing machine bearings?
The answer you choose will be determined by several factors.
The Typical Cost of Replacing Washing Machine Bearings
It obviously depends on what model you buy and various other factors, but the cost of repairs can be quite high. Typically, you could expect to pay anything from £100 to £300 to get your washing machine bearings replaced and fixed properly. However, the actual cost of buying washing machine bearings is nowhere near as much as this—you could buy a replacement bearing online and fit it yourself.
Of course, this involves having some form of mechanical skill. It also involves finding several hours to take apart the washing machine, strip the old bearings, and fit the new ones. While anyone with even an intermediate level of mechanical and/or technical skill could do this, it can be time-consuming. And if you make a mistake, you could damage another part—or write off the entire washing machine!
So, you should always look to determine if the cost is prohibitive enough to stop you from replacing the washing machine bearings. If you would rather pay an expert, expect to pay around these rates. If you wish to fit it yourself, you will save money but take on some extra time and risk.
The Signs of Washing Machine Bearings That Need Replaced
If you own a washing machine and you think the bearings have started to go, then you will see some immediate signs of wear and tear. What, though, are the main signs of washing machine bearings that need to be taken out and replaced?
- As soon as you turn your washing machine on, it should be very loud from the minute you turn it on. Most washing machines are noisy, but the noise builds to a crescendo. Early noise is a symptom.
- You might also hear that the inner drum is moving around a lot more freely than it should be. This is a sign that your washing machine bearings have stopped holding the drum in place.
- A more severe sign of washing machine bearings being damaged is that you come in and find your machine has moved from its usual sitting position. This is a sign of major bearing damage.
You should also take the time to remove the back panel from your washing machine (make sure it is off and unplugged first). If you notice that the motor is rusting or rusted, then that is a clear sign that the bearings have been gone for a while.
Should I Replace My Washing Machine Bearings or Replace the Appliance Entirely?
So, the next question is the most important: do you stick or twist when your washing machine bearings have gone?
Typically, repairing the bearings on your own is a worthwhile venture. Buying the replacement washing machine bearings is cheap, and can be done online through most suppliers, manufacturers, and even third-party stores like Amazon. Just make sure that the washing machine bearings you buy are suitable for the brand of washing machine that you actually have.
The parts will be less than buying a full new machine. However, if you need to buy the parts and hire a repair expert it could soon become more than simply buying a new washing machine in the first place. if you believe you have the time, tools, and skills to take apart your washing machine bearings and replace them, then by all means do so.
However, if you find that your washing machine bearings are damaged, and you cannot solve the issue you might need help. At that point, the cost of repair and replacement might soon exceed the cost of simply buying a brand spanking new washing machine complete with a warranty.
Take the time to decide, but make sure you decide soon. A washing machine that has damaged bearings will see damage bleed through to other parts, so do not ignore the issue. Either replace them yourself, hire someone to do it, or buy a new machine. Do not, under any circumstance, ignore the clear signs of damaged washing machine bearings!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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