How to tell its time to replace your washing machine

Washing Machines are one of the most reliable household appliances. Despite how often you use them, they tend to last a long time, with an average lifespan of approximately ten years.

Eventually, time catches up with your washing machine, and it may mean it’s time to invest in a new one. But how do you know when you need to replace your washing machine? Here are nine things you should look out for. 

It’s impacting your clothes

First and foremost, your washing machine is there to clean your clothes, leaving them fresh and ready to wear. However, over time, they can become less effective and cause some of the following problems:


  • Clothes coming out still stained
  • Clothes stained from rust in the drum or leaking gasket
  • Torn clothes due to loose parts
  • Colour fading
  • Shrinking
  • You’re wasting money on constant repairs

    Finding yourself consistently shelling out money for repairs on your ageing washing machine? It might be time to assess if it’s really worth it.

    Continuously spending money on repairs can quickly accumulate, at which point you should consider the cost-effectiveness. Ask yourself if it’s actually worth repairing your washing machine. If it needs regular repairs, it may be best to invest in a replacement. 

  • It’s impacting your energy bills

    If you’ve got an older washing machine, it could be driving up your energy bills. Dated models often lack the energy efficiency of newer models, resulting in more costly utilities per month.

    Upgrade to a new washing machine with Energy Star certification for a more wallet-friendly option. These models integrate advanced technology and consume approximately 45% less water and 25% less energy per cycle. This switch means you can enjoy significant savings on your utility bills while reducing your carbon footprint.


  • Excessive leaking

    Many things can lead to your washing machine leaking. It could be something as simple as a faulty door seal, which is easy to fix. But it could also be a major problem, such as a damaged hose or gasket. 

    If the cause of your washing machine’s leaking is severe, it may be worth investing in a new one rather than forking out for a costly repair.


It’s too small for your growing family

A simple reason for replacing your washing machine is that you’ve started a family, and it’s no longer big enough to suit your needs. With more people under one roof, your current machine might struggle to handle the increasing laundry load, and you may find yourself doing multiple washes a day. 

Cramming as much laundry as possible into the machine may seem like a quick fix, but it often leads to damage and breakdowns. Investing in a new, appropriately sized washing machine is a wiser long-term solution.

  • Washing machine parts are discontinued or hard to find

    You may want to repair your ageing washing machine but quickly realise you can’t because parts are no longer available or tricky to find. This is especially common if you bought your machine several years ago, as manufacturers may have ceased production, and you can’t get hold of the components you need.

    When this happens, even if you want to repair your current washing machine, you may not be able to.

  • Excessive movement and shaking

    If your washing machine is excessively moving and producing loud noises and vibrations during a spin cycle, it might be time for a replacement.

    Firstly, make sure it’s properly levelled by adjusting the front legs (use a spirit level to check it’s balanced). However, if the issue persists, there could be a problem with the shock absorbers, which can be expensive to repair. At this point, you should weigh up whether investing in repairs is worthwhile or if replacing the machine would be more beneficial.

  • Clothes are still wet after a spin cycle

    Towards the end of each wash cycle, your washing machine runs a fast spin to extract excess water from your clothes. This process aims to leave your clothes damp but not drenched.

    However, if this function stops working due to a faulty pressure system or a worn-out motor, you may find that your clothes are still soaking wet when you open the machine door.

Your washing machine is getting old

Technology is always evolving, including washing machines. If you bought your washing machine many moons ago, you’re likely to be missing out on fantastic features that come with newer models.

For example, our 9000 AbsoluteCare series includes SoftWater Technology, which makes clothes naturally softer and ensures colours don’t fade. Meanwhile, the 8000 PowerCare series offers superior cleaning results at 30°C in less than an hour.

What to look for in your new washing machine

There are many factors to consider when buying a new washing machine, including:

  • Size: You’ll need a machine that fits your laundry room. You’ll find an array of options at AEG, including front-loading washers perfect for underneath your kitchen worktop, integrated machines that are concealed and 2-in-1 washer dryers ideal for small spaces.
  • Load capacity: Evaluate which machines suit your household’s laundry needs.
  • Energy efficiency: Look for machines with Energy Star certification to save on utility bills.
  • Your wardrobe: Choose a machine with programmes to suit the clothes you own.
  • Features: Consider which additional features you want. Our models range from 6000 series to 9000 series, each offering progressive features. Check out our comparison tool to see individual machine capabilities.
  • Smartphone connectivity: Many of our AEG models allow you to control your laundry from your smartphone.

How to maintain your new washing machine  

There are many things you can do to keep your new washing machine in tip-top condition, including lint filter maintenance, regular cleaning and regulating your detergent use.

Learn more about how you can maintain your washing machine and make it last in our comprehensive guide.