What does the washing machine drum paddle do?
The drum paddle or drum lifter in your washing machine is a triangular prism shaped piece of plastic with holes in although on some models they can be metal. It fits on the inside of the drum where you place your clothes circulating them correctly. There are typically 3 or 4 in the machine and they are the raised attachments that you can remove to check for missed socks and other items that can slip into the crevices of the drum.
Is the drum paddle causing the problem?
The following faults typically indicate a problem with the drum paddle:
o One of the paddles has come out in the washing
o The drum paddle has smashed or cracked
o Your clothes are getting ripped during the wash.
*Remember that a broken drum paddle may not be the only fault that can cause these issues to arise.
When you need to replace the drum paddle
A broken drum paddle is a very common washing machine fault. It is not a Spares & Accessories part and therefore it only needs to be changed if it has come off or broken. Make sure that you order the correct drum paddle for your model of washing machine. Colours tend to vary but this does not matter. There are a number of factors that can cause a drum lifter to break. Mainly it is due to misplaced items being put into the machine. Another factor is if they are not fitted securely or the wrong ones are fitted.
How to replace a washing machine drum paddle
It's relatively easy to change the drum lifters on most machines. Sometimes instructions vary depending on the make and model:
1. If the drum paddle is still attached insert a screwdriver into the hole and press whilst sliding the paddle out to release the catch. Alternatively some models may have a retaining screw that needs to be removed.
2. Slide the new paddle into place. Make sure they are clipped on securely before use.
As always be sure to unplug the appliance at the mains before conducting a repair and check that you are purchasing the right drum lifter for the make and model of your machine.
Be aware of associated problems
A broken drum paddle can affect your clothing leaving it with holes and tears so you need to ensure that they are in working order. Putting shoes in your washing machine and other items that are not meant to be put into washing machines contributes to a faulty drum paddle. Washing machines are generally meant for washing clothes only.
1. When performing a service wash use limescale and detergent remover.
2. Avoid over loading your machine as this causes many problems.