Washer and Dryer Repair

Make your washer and dryer repairs yourself with these how-tos and tips.

How to Drain a Washing Machine That Won't Drain

Save a bundle on appliance repair bills. We show you how to unclog your washing machine so it drains and replace the pump if you need to.

Washer and Dryer Repair projects

  • Remove Dryer Lint

    Thousands of dryer fires are caused by lint every year, yet they can be easily prevented with a few minutes of cleaning. Learn where lint is,…

  • Dryer Lint Cleaning Tips

    Prevent house fires. Clean the lint from inside your clothes dryer as well as lint caught in the exhaust vent. You can complete the cleaning in…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Stain Removal on Clothes Stained by Washer

    Eliminate irritating clothes washer stains by cleaning away crud around the top and agitator. Then run a special cleaner through a wash cycle.

  • Clothes Dryer Repair Guide

    Most dryer problems can be fixed in an hour with a few basic tools and a continuity tester or multimeter—and you can do the work yourself…

  • Dryer Vent Cover Repair

    Stop cool drafts from leaky clothes dryer vents by cleaning and lubricating the vent flaps so they completely close. If unsuccessful, replace…

  • DIY Washer Repair

    Fix 90 percent of clothes washer breakdowns with these four easy fixes—including filling and draining problems, grinding noises and a…

  • Replace a Broken Dryer Vent Cap

    Replace a broken dryer vent cap simply and quickly. Disconnect the through-wall duct and replace the duct and cap together.

  • Front-Loading Washer Won't Drain

    A front-loading washing machine that won't drain may need nothing more than a simple filter cleaning, especially if it's a Maytag. Learn how to…

  • Washing Machine Repair: Stuck on One Cycle?

    If your clothes washer is stuck on one cycle, replace the timer. It's expensive, but you'll save the cost of a service call or a new washer.

  • Fix a Smelly Washing Machine

    Stop bad odors in your clothes washer by running a cycle with a special mold-killing tablet and by leaving the door open to promote drying.