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    How to Change a Washing Machine Paddle

    It is important to replace a broken washing machine paddle or lifter, because if one is damaged it may cause damage to the laundry and possibly injure the user on sharp exposed metal edges.

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    Video Transcript: How to Change a Washing Machine Paddle


    IMPORTANT: BEFORE REPLACING A PART IN ANY ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE, YOU MUST ENSURE THAT THE APPLIANCE IS FIRST UNPLUGGED FROM THE MAINS.

    Welcome to BuySpares, this video will show you how to change a drum paddle in a washing machine.

    The paddles in a washing machine drum are used to agitate the clothes during a cycle and clean them more thoroughly. However, if a paddle becomes loose or damaged it can tear the clothes while they're going around in the machine.

    The paddle is held in place by tabs on the side which lock into the drum, and barbs on the drum that push up against the paddle. If the paddle isn't already loose so that you can just lift it out, you need to pull it against the resistance of the barbs to remove it. You may need to use both hands to do this.

    Once you've removed the old paddle, the barbs need to be reset to an angle of about 45 degrees to hold the new paddle in place. Then locate the paddle's tabs into the slots in the drum and slide it back, over the barbs.

    When the new paddle is in try pulling it towards you to make sure it's firmly in place and won't move.

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    Use a washing machine cleaner to remove mould, bacteria and stop smells from building up

    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.