This week my washing machine broke down. I was looking at either paying for someone to come and repair it at goodness knows what cost or buying a new one for $300. The idea of either of these solutions threw me into a gloom. Money is extremely tight at the moment and this would have put me into debt.
I was also angry as my washing machine is only three years old and is used only about two to three times a week. So I felt cheated at the thought of spending more money on a pretty mundane item.
The symptoms of my washing machine breakdown was that during the last part of the cycle water started to flow out of the machine. This would then cause the machine to stop and start flashing a red light at me.
Here was my Frugal DIY Solution
• Firstly I asked friends if they had had a similar problem. Immediately one said that it sounded like a blockage and that I should check to see if there was compartment on the machine which caught any fluff, etc.
I took a look but my particular machine did not have one.
• I then decided to un-plumb my machine and get it out into the middle of the room so I could see all the way round it. It is easy to un-plumb most washing machines so don’t worry too much about this.
• I then removed the panel at the back so that I could see the pipe work inside. There was no corrosion or signs of wear and tear.
• Then I removed a black section of rubber piping from inside the machine. Lo and behold, the whole thing was jammed with hair and fluff and two coins. It was easy to remove this and clean the pipe and replace it.
The Bottom Line
The whole thing took me about half and hour and was relatively easy to do. No specialist knowledge was required. Remember they make these machines look like only a professional should touch them. But when it comes to something like a simply blockage, you really don’t want to spend hundreds on something that you can do yourself.
My washing machine now works perfectly well again. I didn’t have to fork over the exorbitant amount of money I thought I needed to spend to fix the problem. This process also boosted my self-confidence, and I feel like I could solve a lot more problems on my own. Next time, rather than replace a broken appliance or hiring someone to fix it, try to do some DIY repairs and perhaps you can save on a lot of money.