How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a washer

Some washer parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a washing machine according to sales from our website.

Three most commonly replaced parts on a washer

Agitator Dogs – Also called agitator directional cogs ( or dog ears), these cogs or dogs are made of hard plastic and can wear out over time. If your top-loading washer will not rotate or agitate your wash, and you can turn the top of the agitator without turning the bottom of the agitator, then you may need to replace this part.

Watch the video below to see how to replace the agitator dogs on a washer.

Motor Couplings – This plastic and rubber part is mounted to the shaft of the motor on one side, and to the transmission on the other.  This part protects your transmission from excessive loading. It can wear out over time or fail due to overloading the washer tub.

Drain Pump – This part drains the water out of the tub after the agitate and spin cycles. Lint or small objections can enter and block the drain pump and it will either need to be disassembled and cleared or replaced altogether. Over time, the pump can also fail and it will need to be replaced.

Watch the video below to see how to replace the drain pump on a washer.

Level of Repair Difficulty

One – Easy repair: can be done in less than 10 minutes and requires minimal skills and appliance disassembly.

Two – Average Repair: might take between 10 – 15 minutes and require some disassembly, or moving of the appliance to reach the part. Repair might require the use of tools like a screw driver or pliers.

Three – Moderate Repair: might take 20 minutes or more to complete and involve the moving of an appliance or disassembly of multiple parts. Repair might involve disconnecting and reconnecting electronic lead and components.

Four – Complex Repair: requires 30 minutes or more to complete and involves a great deal of appliance disassembly—including electronic parts, leads and wires — and the use of tools, possibly specialized tools.


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