Washer Repair Cost

Washer repair cost is difficult to estimate if you hire an experienced appliance service technician to come to your home and repair it. The reason for that is, labor prices vary significantly, depending on where you are located, and what exactly needs to be repaired with the washer.

In addition to that, some washer models are more expensive to repair. For example, you are probably going to spend a little more if you have an experienced appliance service technician repair your front loading washer, as opposed to a top loading washer.

Also, a washer that needs to be repaired in Alaska, or Hawaii, is certainly going to be more expensive to repair than that same washer in Ohio, for example. In addition to that, appliance parts in Alaska, or Hawaii, are going to be more expensive than appliance parts in the middle of United States.

So what is the average cost to have a washer repaired? As a service company operating in Ohio, we went back and compared the cost of repairing both, front loading and top loading washers, over a three-year period. The average cost to have a washer repaired, parts and labor, here in central Ohio from our organization, was $164.01.

So if you decide not to be a do-it-yourselfer, how do you find an experienced appliance service technician to fix your washer?

The very first thing that you should do is ask your neighbors and relatives if they have had a good experience, or a bad experience, with a local appliance service company. Regardless of what they say, you should check with the Better Business Bureau. If you find that an appliance service company has a low rating with the Better Business Bureau, you should stay away. If you find an appliance service company that has a favorable rating with the Better Business Bureau, then you should consider using that company.

When you decide to call an appliance service company to service your front loading or top loading washer, you should find out if they work on a flat rate labor bases, or if they charge by the amount of time it takes to repair the appliance.

We recommend that you stay away from appliance service companies that charge by time, because it is in the best interest of that company to take extra time. In addition to that, if they send an inexperienced appliance service technician, you will be paying for his on-the-job training. It is best to select an appliance service company that works on a flat rate, for labor, even though you may think that flat rate is kind of high. For example, a flat rate of $89 for labor, to repair a gas or electric washer in the middle of United States, is a fair rate.

Finally, when you call an appliance service company to fix your washer, ask them how much they charge for just a diagnosis, if you decide not to repair your washer. Sometimes that is referred to as "the service charge". In other words, if an experienced appliance service technician comes to your home, diagnosis the problem with the washer, and gives you a written estimate in advance of all charges, parts and labor, what would you pay if you decide not to have it fixed? That's because if you have an older washer, you might decide to replace it based on the cost of the estimate, with a new more energy-efficient washer.