A little care can reduce washing machine repairs

We tend to live in a throwaway society, where appliances are sent to landfill at the first sign of trouble. However, as we’ve discussed before in our blogs, undertaking washing machine repairs can make good sense.

Another thing that makes perfect sense when it comes to washing machines, is to look after them by using your machine correctly and conducting simple, regular maintenance.

In fact, with a little care and attention you can easily reduce the chances of your machine needing repairs. Which is not so great for us (washing machine repairs in and around Adelaide is one of our bread and butter items), but it could certainly save you money!

Caring for washing machines

Here are some tips on how to care for your washing machine, courtesy of consumer advocacy group CHOICE.

Every day or regular care:

  • Check pockets of clothing for coins, keys and other items before washing, as errant objects can damage your machine.
  • Place small clothing items in a laundry bag to potentially prevent them from getting caught in parts of your machine.
  • Don’t leave wet clothing in a washing machine for too long as it can cause smells and even rust spots.
  • Wipe out the inside of the door seal regularly, where detergent deposits can build up.
  • If possible, leave the washing machine door ajar to extend the life of the door seal.
  • Do not overload your washing machine.

Washing Machine Repairs

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Every month, particularly if you wash in cold water, run the machine while empty on the hottest temperature, using a little detergent. This will help clear out any detergent deposits. There’s no need to use another product, other than your normal detergent.

Any deposits that remain (on the door seal, inside the drum or on any other surfaces) should be removed with hot soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge.


Give your washing machine a really good scrub inside and out, including the soap dispenser. Get into nooks and crannies with a toothbrush.

General tips for longer washing machine life

Keep it on the level

Keep your washing machine level at all times and adjust if your machine is bouncing around or moving.

Avoid Off Balance

Off-balance washing machines can also be caused by overloading and incorrect loading. An example of incorrect loading that can cause overbalancing is washing bed sheets and large towels on their own. Add smaller items into the washing machine as well.

Use Less Washing Detergent

Try using less than the recommended quantities of detergent. CHOICE has found that using as little as a quarter of the recommended dose will wash clothes more than adequately.

It will also be better for your clothes, your machine, your budget and the environment.

Getting a broken down washing machine repaired.

Even with all this care and attention, one day your washing machine will break down. However, if your machine is less than 11 years old (that’s about the average lifespan for a machine used every day) and you live in and around Marion, contact Warradale Appliance Service

What’s it going to cost me?

Washing machine repairs generally cost somewhere in the range of $150 to $350. Once repaired, you can look forward to many hassle-free years ahead of you.

We sell refurbished washing machines

Don’t forget, too, that we also sell second hand washing machines. If your washing machine has broken down and it can’t be repaired, there’s no need to spend a lot of money to buy a new one.

All our second-hand machines are refurbished and most come with a warranty for peace of mind.