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Quiz: Do you know the dirt on how to repair a washing machine?
by Staff
In today's busy households, it's extremely inconvenient if the washing machine breaks. Before you panic at the first sign of trouble and call a technician, take our quiz to see if you can diagnose and fix the problem yourself.

What is the typical life span of a washing machine?

  • 10 years
  • 13 years
  • 16 years

What should you always do before working on your washing machine?

  • Make sure it's unplugged.
  • Make sure the water hose is connected.
  • Check the grounding wire.

What is the first thing you should do to diagnose a washing machine problem?

  • Check the power supply.
  • Clean the inside of the drum.
  • Clean the fabric softener dispenser.

How do you check to the water temperature settings for your washing machine?

  • Dip a thermometer in the water to see what temperature it is.
  • Replace the existing water filter with one that has a temperature gauge in it.
  • Look at the temperature selector switches.

Which liquid can be used to clean a washing machine that has smelly soap buildup?

  • vinegar
  • club soda
  • lemon juice

Which of the following is usually the cause of the washer overflowing with water?

  • The hose connected to the water level control switch falls off.
  • The water level sensor in the water line is broken.
  • The drain in the washing machine tub is clogged.

What is likely to clog a lid switch and prevent it from opening?

  • lint balls
  • goopy detergent
  • small clothing items

How can you tell if the lid switch is faulty?

  • Check the screws for looseness.
  • Test the switch with a volt/ohm meter.
  • Open and shut the lid several times.

What regulates the water temperature in your washing machine?

  • lid switch
  • water level control switch
  • temperature selector switch

A defective water level control switch can cause what messy problem?

  • water overflow
  • fabric softener overflow
  • detergent overflow

How many washing machine operations does the timer control?

  • none
  • a few
  • most

If your washer fills slowly or not at all, which part could be faulty?

  • water inlet valve
  • agitator
  • water level control switch

What typically reliable part of your washing machine is likely to make a lot of noise when there is a problem?

  • lid
  • tub
  • agitator

What's the first step in replacing your washing machine's agitator?

  • Clean the agitator cap.
  • Pull up on the agitator.
  • Unscrew the agitator cap.

What can cause your washing machine to vibrate a lot?

  • broken lid switch
  • worn-out snubber
  • broken agitator

What can cause your washer's tub to suddenly stop?

  • broken motor belt
  • worn-out snubber
  • broken spring

Which of the following is a sign that your washer's water pump is broken?

  • The water in the tub is dirty.
  • The water only fills halfway.
  • The water doesn't drain out of the tub.

What happens when the drive belt of your washer wears out?

  • The washer stops working.
  • The agitator makes noise.
  • The tub doesn't fill with water.

How are pulleys attached to shafts in your washer?

  • with setscrews
  • with bolts
  • with clips

Why are washing machines particularly difficult to fix?

  • They repeat the same function many times.
  • They have many control components.
  • They are very large.