A broken down washing machine is a total nightmare. It might sound like a real ‘first world problem’, but we all know how heavily we rely on our appliances. When you’re raising a young family the washing pile is never empty, and so having no way of getting through it (even for a few days) it can quickly lead to problems. Since they’re not the cheapest to buy, it’s not just a case of running out and buying a new replacement (if only life were this easy!) If you’ve suffered from a washing machine meltdown, here are the steps you need to follow.
Clean up the mess
If your washing machine has added insult to injury by breaking down, and spewing water and detergent everywhere in the process, then your first step is to clean up the mess. If you act quickly you may be able to save furniture, carpets, and flooring. If it’s been sitting for a while or caused significant damage, you might need to speak to a water damage restoration company for anything worth saving, or completely throw away anything that’s been soaked.
See if you can claim
Is your machine still within the manufacturer’s warranty, or did you purchase an extended warranty? Give them a call and check, you might be pleasantly surprised. If it’s within warranty the company will try and repair it for you, and if they can’t you’ll get a new one for free. In some cases, it’s possible to purchase a repair and warranty after the appliance has broken down- although as you can imagine it will cost you a lot more. However, most of these plans allow you to spread the cost so you can have your machine repaired or replaced without having to fork out for a lump sum. If you have home insurance, you might be able to claim on this too. Check if it’s worth it and what kind of increase it’s likely to add to your premiums.
Find a launderette
In the short term, a launderette can be a life-saver. Instead of the washing piling up while you find a replacement you can keep everyone in clean clothes. If you’ve not stepped foot in one for years, you might not even know where your local launderette is- so do a quick Google search.
Consider your purchase
There are a couple of options for replacing your washing machine if you don’t have the cash to buy new right now. The first is finance, you could use a shopping account which allows you to spread the cost each month, or you could take out a credit card or loan. Just be sure to check the interest and repayment rates. Another option would be to buy a second hand- you can find these things cheaply on places like Facebook Marketplace. At the very least, it could act as a stop gap until you save for a new model.