DIY Crazy: How to Fix a Washer

There are projects and things that need to be fixed around the house and when finished you ask yourself how the heck did I pulled that off.  Before you begin the project you tell yourself that you will figure it out and then like a David Blaine magic show Poof it happens.

The look you give when you complete a DIY project.

The look you give when you complete a DIY project.

It doesn’t particularly matter what DIY project needs your attention, the steps to figure out the problem are almost identical.

  1. Talk to yourself about the project or fix.Admit it, when you look to tackle a project you are asking yourself a ton of questions. My DIY project: Fixing a noisy washing machine, apparently possessed by Poltergeist, lead me to a couple questions.  What the hell is happening with the machine?  Is it just making noise? Is it broken?  Did the tenants secretly want to punish me for raising the rent?
  2. Look at the project.Since we did not have wash to do at the time, I asked another tenant if they could send a video to see what’s going on, apparently the Poltergeist only visits during the spin cycle.
  3. Make a plan.You don’t need to know what’s actually wrong with the item that needs to be fixed or know precisely how to replace exterior window trim but you need to develop a plan which will most likely consist of a Plan A, B, and maybe even C.  The washer was making a rattling noise only during the spin cycle, I took some trial and error guesses and thought something was loose in the machine or maybe a belt had come off.  Honestly, you are not going to know exactly what is wrong.  I’m pretty sure Mr. 1500 doesn’t just walk into a kitchen remodel   with a beer in his hand and say “Let’s Remodel Some Kitchen” he has to have a plan.  Although, now that it’s been said, I hope that’s what occurred.
  4. Google.I don’t care what you are going to fix, remodel, or create from scratch, I want you to jump on your phone (I prefer Republic Wireless) or computer and enter in some keywords that apply to what your project and plan are trying to accomplish.  My google search was “how to fix a washing machine that makes noise” at least that was the start of my search.  It all starts with a search engine named Google.
  5.  It all starts with Google, but it almost always ends with watching a YouTube video.  All roads lead to you watching a video from YouTube on how to fix an item, find the right video and you may have just found your golden ticket to the Willy Wonka Chocolate factory of DIY repairs.
This will get you into a Half Acre Brewery tour, not the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

This will get you into a Half Acre Brewery tour, not the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Something about a do it yourself (DIY) project that has hints of intimidation, frustration, and curiosity all at the same time.  Fixing a washing machine is clearly not in my wheel house, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed by following the simple steps from above.

During our DIY Crazy adventures, I have noticed Mrs. Even Steven and I complement each other very well.  For example when I am about to construct something or fix an item, I’m using common sense and what my brain is telling me how it should work.  Now Mrs. Even Steven is promptly reading every last instruction and explaining steps 1, 2, and 3 while I am banging on the washer with a hammer, wrench, and screwdriver asking it where do I open you Mr. Washer?

After following the above steps Mrs. Even Steven brought the YouTube video instruction and started with how to open the washer, me I was still asking it nicely with my hammer.  After a couple please and thank you’s Mrs. Even Steven had the washer opened shortly, you thought I was going to say me and the hammer did the trick, wrong.  After the getting the washer open here is where my common sense and wondering how things work really paid off, I mean the washer doesn’t have a sensor that says making too much noise, at least I have not seen one yet.

After a little feeling around and some more YouTube we found one of the black rubber connections to the washer drum had come off and was missing the nut and bolt, this was it.  Screw you Chicago Washer King, my made up name of a washer repair service, me and Mrs. Even Steven are fixing this ourselves.  After a couple twists and turns using the needle nose pliers, sorry wrenches I will use you next time, we have proclaimed the washer FIXED!

We did our DIY home repair and it worked, yes it was a Sunday night when we could have been watching a TV show or searching Facebook, but you know what it felt great to be able to conquer a task that would have most likely cost us a couple hundred dollars just for the repair man to walk through the door……No thanks.

Well, I would love to say the DIY Washer repair ended there but we got another crack at it just a week later.  It turns out that the part we attached came apart only because the counterweight (which to my surprise is literally a big brick in the bottom of your washing machine) was not tight enough to begin with.  Of course, we did not know this and to understand how to diagnose the problem we needed to take the machine apart a little more and use our trusty sidekick, YouTube and a little bit of “how the hell did he do that” before we took apart half of the washer.  During the process of learning how to take apart the washer while watching the YouTube video we found out that all we had to do was tighten a bolt that was loose on the counterweight making the washer stop shaking like those really cool weight loss machines from the 80’s.


So there you have it, you have just learned how to fix a washer from Mrs. And Mrs. Even Steven, didn’t think you were going to learn that did you.  Remember every washing machine is different but for the most part they all come down to either a front loader or top loader.  Lastly, here are a few tips after you have completed the steps from above for DIY washer repair:

  • Find out kind of washer and/or dryer machine you have. Chances are if you put the brand and model someone out there has had to fix it.
  • Tell Google or YouTube what is wrong. Leaking, not washing, making loud noises, go ahead and tell them they will help.
  • Watch the video and mimic what they do on the video. If you are lost go back and watch the YouTube video, that’s what we did.
  • If you have gotten this far you can fix it, you might need a screw driver, wrench, or part from the store, but at this point you are in the home stretch.

Go ahead attach the electrical, put that door back on and reattach the lid.  You fixed the washer, go DIY Crazy!  If Even Steven Money can do it so can you!!


3 Responses to “DIY Crazy: How to Fix a Washer

  • That’s a nice nugget of info learned on the counter weight. Our drum washer recently started wandering during the last rinse/high spin cycle and since it’s not consistent, but just occasionally, I suspected an unbalanced load. But maybe it’s a counterweight issue. Haha!
    Good layout of steps for a DYI project. Like you I start with a hammer and am pleased when the project finally ends. And like you, it’s almost never on the first try. 🙂
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  • Great advice for the different things you may encounter during your repair attempt. I’m not sure if I would trust myself to take on a washer repair but this would be a good guide if I ever did.
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  • Hey, great share…..

    My washing machine is broken, and I am not quite sure what’s wrong with it. I am thinking of repairing it on my own. I am quite apprehensive whether I will be able to do it or not. Your instructions are definitely going to help me out and make my job easy.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more….
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