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Stokes Appliance Parts operates as Australia's premier independent distributor of high-quality washing machine parts, catering to the essential needs of wholesalers, appliance repairers, and tradesmen.  At Stokes, we understand the importance of reliable parts in keeping daily operations smooth and stress-free and we pride ourselves on offering an unmatched selection of parts for a vast array of brands, ensuring that you find exactly what you need, when you need it.


How Does A Washing Machine Work?

  1. Loading and Setting Selection: The user loads clothes into the drum, adds washing aids into the detergent drawer, and selects the desired wash cycle, temperature, and spin settings on the control panel.
  2. Water Inlet: Once the cycle is started, the water inlet valve opens, allowing cold and/or hot water to flow into the washing machine. This water mixes with the laundry detergent dispensed from the detergent drawer, creating the wash solution.
  3. Wash Cycle: The drum agitates the clothes, either by rotating or using an agitator (top loading machines), mixing them with the wash solution to remove dirt and stains.
  4. Rinse Cycle: The washing machine drains the dirty water through the drain hose. Fresh water is then pumped in to rinse the clothes. The rinsing process may repeat a number of times to remove detergent and dirt. 
  5. Spin Cycle: The spin cycle is powered by the motor, spinning the drum at high speeds to extract water from the clothes.
  6. Drainage: The excess water is drained out through the drain hose.
  7. End of Cycle: Once the cycle is complete, the control board signals the end of the process.

Throughout the process, the thermostat monitors water temperature, ensuring it matches selected wash settings and the lint filter collects debris to prevent clogs.

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Washing Machine Part Types

Part Type Description

Washing Machine Drain Pump (Water Pump)

The drain pump circulates water through the washing machine, pumping water in for the wash cycle, and draining it out during the spin cycle.

Washing Machine Drum

The drum is the inner basket of the washing machine that holds clothes during the wash cycle. It rotates to enable an effective wash. The washing machine drum is typically made from plastic or stainless steel.

Washing Machine Drain Hose and Drain Hose Extensions

The drain hose removes water from the washing machine after wash and rinse cycles. After the washing cycle has completed, the drain pump pushes water out through the drain hose, which leads from the machine to a drainage system.

A washing machine drain hose extension can be used to extend the length of the hose to better suit home layouts where the laundry is not close to a suitable drain.

Washing Machine Inlet Hose

The inlet hose supplies clean water to the washing machine from a water supply. Washing machines typically have two inlet hoses - one for cold water and one for hot.

An inlet hose extension can be used to lengthen the inlet hose, allowing additional reach to water supply valves.

Washing Machine Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve controls the flow of hot and cold water into the washing machine, according to the selected wash cycle temperature.

Washing Machine Agitator (Top Load Machines)

The agitator in top loading washing machines is positioned in the center of the the drum, moving the clothes through water and detergent during the wash cycle to remove dirt and stains.

Washing Machine Motor

The motor drives the drum and agitator (or paddles), converting electrical energy into mechanical energy to spin and rotate the drum and create motion for washing clothes.

Common types of washing machine motors include direct drive motors, induction motors, and brushless DC motors. Consult your machine's user manual or manufacturer's website to determine motor specifications.

Washing Machine Belt (Drive Belt)

The washing machine drive belt connects the motor to the drum, transferring power from the motor to spin the drum as required for wash and spin cycles.

Washing Machine Control Panel and Timer

The control panel on washing machines is the user interface allowing you to select washing programs and settings. It houses the control buttons, dials, and display, as well as a timer to control the duration of the wash cycle.

Washing Machine Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

The printed circuit board (PCB), also referred to as control board or motherboard, is responsible for managing and controlling all of a washing machine's operational functions. This includes interpretation of program selection from the control panel, as well as water inlet control, motor control, temperature management, and safety checks.

Washing Machine Heating Element and Thermostat

The heat element in a washing machine heats the water to a desired temperature. It is typically made from a metal coil and located near the bottom of the drum or in the water path.

The washing machine thermostat monitors and controls the water temperature, ensuring it heats to the appropriate level. This is done by communicating with the control board to activate/deactivate the heating element.

Washing Machine Door Seal/Gasket (Front Load Machines)

The washing machine door seal is a rubber or silicone gasket around the door to prevent water leaks when the washer is operating.

Washing Machine Lid Switch (Top Load Machines)

The lid switch is a safety device located under the lid of top loading washing machines, that prevent the washer from operating if the lid is open.

Washing Machine Lint Filter

The washing machine lint filter catches and collects lint and debris that is released from clothes during the wash cycle. This works to protect the drainage system and prevent blockages, as well as enhances wash quality.

Washing Machine Detergent Drawer (Dispenser)

The detergent drawer, also known as the detergent dispenser, is where users add laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and other washing aids. It has separate compartments for each additive and allows for their dilution with water before they enter the drum. This helps prevent direct contact with fabrics which can cause damage and ensures an even distribution throughout the washing load.