Genuine washing machine spare parts (part 2)
This section explains the important difference between genuine and non-genuine washing machine parts. Knowledge of this difference will help you make an informed choice about which washing machine parts to purchase, and prevent you from wasting money on inferior parts.
More genuine verses non-genuine washing machine spare parts advice
- Which non-genuine parts should be avoided?
- Which non-genuine parts are OK to use?
- How can I tell if a washing machine part is genuine?
- Where can I buy genuine washing machine parts?
- Is there anything else to know about buying spare parts for a washing machine?
Which non-genuine parts should be avoided?
The worst non-genuine parts I've come across are carbon brushes. These tend to be much softer than the originals and the quality of the carbon is often inferior. When carbon brushes wear, they cause sparking between them and the expensive armature. This can accelerate the wear to the main part of the motor. Also, poor quality carbon brushes cause a build up of carbon dust inside the motor which can short out to earth, causing fusing. I think these days the carbon brushes have improved, but I would always go for the genuine carbon brushes.
Non-genuine door seals are another part I would avoid. The door seal is one of the most common parts to fail and is subject to a lot of wear and tear.Go to top of page
Which non-genuine parts are OK to use?
Some non-genuine spare parts are in fact OK. Some are even reputed to be made by the same companies that supply the manufacturer, but most are not quite as good as the genuine part. Heating elements seem to be pretty reliable on the whole and look little different to the genuine part. Door frames for Hotpoint look as good as the genuine, and many drive belts also seem OK. Bearings all seem pretty much the same as genuine parts but the bearing seal is so important that I would always try to use the genuine one.
The best policy, if unsure, is to try to use the genuine part.Go to top of page
How can I tell if a washing machine part is genuine?
The washing machine manufacturer's logo should be familiar to you. It should be on the washing machine and instruction book etc. Genuine washing machine spare parts would normally come in proper packaging and with the company's logo printed on it. The manufacturer's name printed in large letters doesn't mean a part is genuine. Phrases like, 'to suit', 'to fit' or 'will fit', before the manufacturer's name indicate they are made by a different company.
Making sure you have the right information from the washing machine before attempting to buy a spare part Spare parts pitfalls
What to expect from a spare parts supplier and how they work Spare parts suppliersGo to top of page
Where can I buy washing machine parts?
Search for washing machine or other appliance parts
If you are looking for a spare part or accessory for any white goods appliance Washerhelp now has a massive database of spares available called 4Washerhelp.co.uk Use the search facility to find spares or accessories for not only white goods, but for virtually any household appliance or product.Buy Hotpoint & Creda carbon brushes page (Direct from Washerhelp) Go to top of page
Is there anything else to know about buying spare parts for a washing machine?
- Make sure you have the right information from the washing machine before attempting to buy a spare part Spare parts pitfalls
- What to expect from a spare parts supplier and how they work Spare parts suppliers
- Genuine washing machine spare parts advice (Part 1)
Search for washing machine spares or other appliance parts
If you are looking for a spare part or accessory for any white goods appliance Washerhelp now has a massive database of spares available called 4Washerhelp.co.uk Use the search facility below to search for spares or accessories for not only white goods, but for virtually any household appliance or product.
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This section gives washing machines and appliance spares help but if you simply want to find a reputable repairman then try this section - Find a reputable washing machine repairer and get advice related to finding a repairer
Can I fix my own washing machine?: Some people can, and some people shouldn't even try. It depends on your competence, and understanding of electricity - especially DIY safety issues. Many washing machine breakdowns though are not serious, and can be repaired pretty easily - if you just know what to do.
You must be aware that electricity can and does kill - even qualified engineers. Never work on an appliance that is not totally unplugged. DIY repair safety and tips The following washing machine repair help contains general advice only. It may help to solve some basic washing machine faults that don't require an engineer, or to give an idea of how serious a fault may actually be. Never work on a washing machine that is still plugged in! Using this advice is at your own risk.
DIY washing machine repairs advice
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- DIY washing machine advice (part 4)
- DIY washing machine advice (part 5)
- DIY washing machine advice (part 6)
- DIY washing machine advice (part 7)
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