Washing Machine Repair Costs: Fix It Or Ditch It?

Washing Machine Repair Costs: Fix It Or Ditch It?

Welcome to our 5-minute guide to washing machine repair costs.

There’s a big problem with washing machine repairs; they’re expensive in comparison to buying a new washer.

Although the parts themselves are usually cheap, labour rates for all trades tends to stay the same. This guide should help you decide if the most financially viable option, is to repair or replace your washing machine.

Average Washing Machine Repair Costs

The prices listed in this guide are estimates. The cost of the repair will vary, depending on a few factors.

For example, labour rates in the North, are much lower than the South. And, it’s these labour rates that make up the majority of the repair cost.

Also, the machine you have is going to have a huge bearing on price. Your repair company is going to have a harder time finding parts for old machines, or parts for lesser-known brands.

The scarcity of these parts is going to mean more expense.

Repair TypeCost
Inspection and diagnostic£50
Pump replacement£90
Drum bearing£100
Drum Replacement£185
New motor£170
Brushes for motor£85
New door seals£75

We’ve not bothered listing any machine repair costs above £185, given you can pick up brand new appliances from leading brands, in the £200+ range.

When You Shouldn’t Replace Your Washing Machine

Below, we’ve listed a few scenarios where you won’t need to replace your washing machine; there are other options.

Cheap Repair Costs

A repair price below £100 is considered cheap, and we’d not jump in and buy a new appliance in this instance.

But, you need to make sure your appliance is in good condition overall. If your washing machine is 2-3 years outside of warranty, there’s a good chance expensive parts such as the motor and pump are on their way out.

It makes more sense to replace the appliance, given a new one is only £200-300, and a repair is going to cost £100.

Warranty

Before you go any further though, you need to check your manufacturer’s warranty. As long as there’s nothing odd that’s contributed to your washing machine breaking down, the manufacturer should cover it.

There’s some quick links to washing machine warranty terms and conditions here, that are worth checking out:

DIY Fixes

Now, we’re not about doing tradesmen out of work, but there are some washing machine problems that can be fixed on a DIY basis.

We’ve created a range of How-To guides that cover problems, and the potential fixes. One of the most popular, is our guide to fixing a washing machine not draining.

If that sounds like your appliance, there’s a good chance that the above guide is going to help you fix your washing machine, and save you £100 on repair costs in the process (or even, the cost of a brand new appliance).

Home Appliance Cover

Just because your washing machine is out of warranty, doesn’t mean you need to foot the bill for repair costs. A lot of home insurance have perks, such as appliance cover. If that’s the case, you might be able to get your washing machine fixed, completely free of charge.

Here are things you need to check, that might include appliance cover:

  • Mortgage
  • Current account
  • Home insurance

And, if you’ve taken out boiler cover, there’s a good chance you’ve gone with extended cover. For example, 247 Home Rescue offer a “247 Complete Premium” package. That covers boilers, washing machines and more.

Where To Find Washing Machine Repair Companies

Most online tradesmen websites have a range of washing machine repair specialists completing jobs.

Although it’s likely they’re the same people you’d find if you searched for local repair companies, you’ll get repairs much cheaper, by using these sites. The repair companies on these sites are conscious that homeowners will be comparing repair quotes back to back, and tend to be much more competitive than they would be otherwise.

Some sites worth checking out include:

When You Should Replace Your Washing Machine

As a last resort, we’d consider a washing machine replacement. Typically, you’d expected costs to be in the region of £200-300. Realistically, you don’t need anyone to install it for you, assuming pipework is already there, so there’s no additional expense, besides purchasing a new machine.

It’s a simple case of connecting up pipes, and plugging it in!

Warranty

If your washing machine is particularly old, it might be worth considering a new one. Anything that’s been out of warranty for 2-3+ years is likely to be on its way to the tip.

Why? Manufacturers structure their warranty, based on how long they think the appliance is going to last. After all, they don’t want to be paying washing machine repair costs out of their own pocket, just like you don’t.

Noise

If you’re needing a repair, and noticed your washing machine has become increasingly noisy, ditch it.

An increase in noise usually means a pump that’s on it’s last legs, dodgy drum, or bearings failing. That’s going to be expensive to repair.

High Repair Costs

Finally, even on a relatively new appliance, we’d not look at repairing it when costs are above £180; it’s simply not worth it.

It’s a much better idea to go and grab a new one. Not only are you going to have a brand-new machine, with a manufacturer’s warranty, for just £20-120 more, you’ll be saving on energy bills. Newer washing machines are much more efficient than older ones.

What’s Next?

Thanks for reading our 5-minute guide to washing machine repair costs.

Had experience of a local trades person fixing your appliance? We’d love to know what they did, and how much it cost.

Drop a comment below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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