40-55 Minute Assessments

Washing Machines

Your washing machine is connected to your plumbing. It’s common for hoses and drains to leak. Even a slow leak can lead to water damage.

Compared to older machines, high-efficiency washers can use 80% less electricity and 70% less water. Front loaders are more efficient than top loaders, although cycles can take longer.


Every 6 months

Repair and replacement costs

Typical Costs

  • Repair: $100 – $350
  • Replace: $300 – $1,000

Life span


7-10 years

Steps to Assess Your Washing Machine


Step 1: Start on the outside of your machine. Find the water shut-off valve and make sure it’s on. Check the hoses for bulging, fraying, or leaking. The machine should stand a few inches from the wall, so the hoses don’t kink. Replace hoses every 3-5 years.


Step 2: Make sure the machine is balanced. If it tips or rocks, adjust the feet at each corner.


Step 3: Open and close the door. It should open smoothly and latch securely. If it has a rubber gasket (seal), check for cracking or peeling. A broken or worn gasket can lead to leaks.


Step 4: Clean the filter with hot water and dish soap. If it’s not removable, use a brush to clear lint and soap. In top loaders, it’s located in the agitator (the tower in the middle). In front loaders, it’s near the top of the drum or on the outside bottom corner. Clean the filter every three months, even if it’s “self-cleaning.”


Step 5: After running a load, make sure the machine drains fully and doesn’t leak. If it doesn’t drain or you find a leak, shut off the water and call a plumber.