The Ultimate Replace or Repair Washing Machine Quiz

The Ultimate Replace or Repair Washing Machine Quiz
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Why is it that your washing machine seems to malfunction at the worst possible time? When that happens, should you repair or replace it?
If your washing machine goes on the fritz while it is still under warranty, how much will the repair cost?
no charge
Warranty service calls are usually done for no charge.
25
50

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If the repair will cost 50 percent or more of the original cost of your machine, should you repair or replace?
repair
replace
Some use the 50 percent rule, and others says replace the appliance if the repair exceeds 40 percent of the original cost.
do it yourself

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Why should you repair a machine with faulty belts or pulleys?
inexpensive replacement parts
do it your self repair
both answers
These items are inexpensive to repair.

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What is a possible do-it-yourself repair?
change seals
Changing the washing machine's seals may be an easy project to do by yourself.
replace motor
cracked tub

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How much less energy and water do Energy Star washers use?
5 to 15 percent
10 to 25 percent
10 to 50 percent
Energy Star washers use up 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than conventional washers.

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Who is behind the Energy Star program?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Energy
both answers
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy collaborate on the Energy Star program.

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What is the average expected life of a washing machine?
5 years
10 years
11 years
A clothes washing machine is expected to work for an average of 11 years.

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What is a benefit of replacing older models?
energy efficient
water efficient
both answers
Today's washing machines are more energy and water efficient.

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Where do the old washing machines go?
landfills
recycling plants
The steel from old washing machines is recycled.
neither answer

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What does Consumer Reports recommend you do with an eight-year-old washing machine?
replace
Consumer Reports recommends you replace it.
repair
neither answer

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What model is a popular low-water washing machine?
front-loading
Front-loading machines have gained popularity.
top-loading
commercial machines

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How does the price of front-loading low-water washing machines compare to conventional washing machines?
less expensive
comparable
more expensive
Front-loading low- water machines are much more expensive.

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Who is qualified to repair a washing machine pump?
do it yourself
professional service call
both answers
Repairing a washing machine pump is an easy do-it-yourself job, but you can always call a professional.

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Which are components of a washing machine?
tub
motor
both answers
A washing machine contains a tub, motor, pump, seals, pulleys and belts.

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If you have a cracked tub, should you repair or replace your washing machine?
repair
repair or replace
replace
Replace your washing machine if the tub is cracked.

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How do you know if your warranty is in effect?
check the warranty information
Check the warranty information provided when you purchased your washing machine.
ask a handyman
neither answer

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What should you do after purchasing a new washer?
register your warranty
Register your warranty with the manufacturer.
apply rust proof
oil the exterior

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What would simplify the decision to replace or repair a washing machine?
knowing what is wrong with the machine
knowing how much it would cost to repair
both answers
If only you knew what was wrong with your washing machine and the cost to repair it, the decision would be so much easier to make.

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If the warranty has expired, how much of the repair cost must you shoulder?
25 percent
50 percent
100 percent
Once the warranty has expired, the bill is totally your responsibility.

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Do you need to replace your washer and dryer at the same time?
yes
no
maybe
Some people prefer to have a matching set. If this matters to you then you should replace both at the same time.

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