Replacing Motor Couplings in Washing Machines
I grew up in a house where, if something broke, it usually stayed broken for awhile until the professionals were finally called in to save the day. My dad was no Tim the Toolman Taylor, which may have been a good thing as our washing machine never launched itself into space; but as a young adult on my own and on a budget, I’m all about the do-it-yourself method. And it looks like it might be time for me to step up to the plate. You see, I’ve been having trouble with my washing machine. The trouble is, it’s broken. I can hear the motor running, but the agitator is refusing to spin and I found out that this is most likely due to a broken motor coupling.
I learned that this coupler connects the motor to the drive system using two drive gears and a rubber shock absorber. The rubber is allowed to stretch, which helps absorb the torque of the washing drum when the motor is turned off. Recurrent stretching wears on the coupler and this is often what causes it to break. I also learned that it is crucial to replace the entire coupler even if only one tooth on the gear is broken. The tooth or teeth have broken because there has been significant wear even where there is no other visible damage. I have already started looking into purchasing a new coupler and there are many manufacturers to choose from.
So, I’ve done my research. I understand all of the components and even found a step by step guide, telling me exactly how to make the repair. It looks like it’s time to get in there and get my hands dirty, so I can get my clothes clean.