Washing machine repair specialists diagnose and fix common problems such as a nonworking motor, no spin or agitate cycle, water leaks, water draining improperly or not entering the machine, excessive vibration or "walking," and leaking oil. Repair costs are based on standard service fees, the brand involved, the specific problem, and parts and labor.
Many washing machine repair companies charge a flat fee to diagnose appliance problems on-site. This fee is often waived if customers agree to the suggested repair—or the diagnosis fee is applied to the ultimate cost of repairs. Typical diagnosis fees range from $40 to $100. A+ Appliance Service of Charlotte, North Carolina, charges $40 to $60 for diagnostics.
Some washing machine brands cost more to repair than others. Make sure that your service technician specializes in your washing machine’s brand.
Parts and labor
Some washing machine repair providers charge by the hour for labor. Others charge a flat rate based on the type of job. Some service companies charge for parts and labor separately, and others, such as Lee of Dorchester Center, Massachusetts, fold all parts and labor costs into one flat rate. Some washing machines manufacturers provide warranties that cover mechanical parts as well as certain functional problems. More inexpensive parts that sometimes break include belts, seals and pulleys. Motors and cracked tubs are the most expensive, and it may be more cost-effective to just replace the washing machine altogether rather than repair these items.
Warranties and guarantees
Some warranties and guarantees are included in the price of washing machine repairs—find out upfront. The length of warranties differ, depending on whether they are for parts or labor. For example, InFix Appliances Repair in Houston offers a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor.
Some washing machine repair providers offer senior, military, veteran and other discounts. For example, All Brand Appliances of Boca Raton, Florida, offers $20 off to all first-time clients. Check your own hoses occasionally. Replacing worn hoses can prevent maintenance calls in the future. If the motor breaks or if a repair estimate is over $500, consider replacing the washer instead of repairing it. In addition, if the washing machine is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it. Many newer models are more energy-efficient, which can save money on a monthly basis.