Washing machines are used in urban households to wash and dry clothes automatically. Broadly washing machines can be classified into two categories of Automatic and Semi Automatic. Automatic washing machines have higher tendency of breaking down since the same tumbler is used for both washing and drying purposes. Automatic washing machines can be further divided into top load and side load washing machines with each of them having their own positives and negatives based on the usage.
It is advised that the washing machines be serviced once every six months. If under guarantee the same will be serviced by the manufacturer or one of the authorized service professionals. If the machine is not under guarantee the service professional needs to be identified from those recommended by friends, family or through online search and reviews. Generally during maintenance service the dirt in the washing machine logged due to usage is cleaned up and other general faults are identified and repaired. The dirt can be anything from torn pieces of clothes to cards and coins. This can damage the system in the long run.
If the washing machine breaks down during usage, it is recommended to call the manufacturer for any repairs if under warranty else search for best professionals and technicians online. For an automatic washing machine the types of breakdowns are higher as compared to semi automatic washing machines. While semi automatic washing machines have problems like the washing or dryer tumbler not working or the water not getting drained properly, automatic washing machines will have problems varying from water not getting heated, dryer not working properly, drain not working, fault in the electronic chip, dirt collected in the washing machine jamming the system, etc.
The professionals are generally aware of the problems related to the washing machine and would be able to detect the issue in under 15 mins. But most of the time is spent repairing the identified issue. In most cases the washing machines get repaired in the premises of the house itself and in very few cases it is required to be taken to their workshop. The professionals charge on a per hour basis and charge extra for the items that need to be replaced. It is suggested to negotiate the prices before the professional works on the machine. Always ask the professional for branded parts while replacing and ensure that only branded parts are used.