These 3 appliance repair related tips might come in useful one day
Here’s a tip that might not be so obvious to a lot of people. I often get people asking me for wiring diagrams or wiring information after they’ve taken a part off an appliance, or pulled off some wires to replace a part, and they’ve forgotten which way round the wires went – or how the part fitted exactly.
Often this is because (and I’ve done it myself) when you take off the wires or remove a part you honestly think you’ll remember how it fitted or which wires went where – especially if it doesn’t look too complicated. It’s surprisingly easy to forget – especially if you have to wait a while for a replacement part. So always get out your smart phone and take photos of a part (or wiring) before you start messing around so you can refer back to it later
Intermittent fault – engineer coming?
Here is another tip for if you are experiencing an intermittent fault. It could be an intermittent leak, or a strange noise which comes and goes. If concerned that an engineer won’t find a fault and try to charge you claiming there’s nothing wrong – get out the phone and either take photos of the water on the floor or better still video the machine for a short while when it’s exhibiting the fault so you can show them.
Could you quote your model & serial number if the door was jammed shut?
Here’s a tip for washing machines and tumble dryers and possibly dishwashers too. If you ever need to call an engineer (particularly if under guarantee) or need to find a spare part for it you will need to use the model number, serial number, and in the case of many makes some other special numbers printed on the rating plate.
This would be impossible if the fault you are experiencing happens to be that the door is jammed shut because these numbers are usually found round the back of the door. Make a note of them now, take a photo of them or write them down. The numbers are sometime duplicated on the back but it can be equally impossible to pull a washing machine out if it’s tightly fitted in a kitchen and the door is jammed shut.
Sometimes the numbers can also be behind the pump filter door flap or even behind the kick plate strip at the bottom of the front of the machine. However, if there is a sticker inside the door or on the back of the door on your washing machine in particular then make a note of it now in case it ever gets a jammed shut door. Finally, here is a related article washing machine door won’t open