How to Repair a Dented Washer or Dryer

a room with yellow walls and white washer, dryer, and cabinets
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 15
What You'll Need
Small plunger
Touch-up paint

It's not uncommon for a washer and dryer to end up with dents and dings. This can happen during the delivery process, a move, or with normal wear and tear. Although dents typically don't affect the performance of your appliances, they can be unsightly and reduce resale value if you are looking to sell them. Removing the dents can be pretty easy as long as you take care and caution in the process. Here are some tips you can try to repair your dented washer or dryer.

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1. Plunger

A plunger can actually be very effective when it comes to taking out small dents and dings in any type of aluminum. Use a plunger that is small and slightly damp. Simply place the plunger over the dent and press down; the suction should take hold and pull out the dent as you pull. This will work on smaller dents, but make sure that the plunger itself is at least as big as the dent.

2. Hot and Cold

a hair dryer

You can also try to use a blow dryer and a lot of ice to get the dent out. First, use the blow dryer on the dent and get it as hot as possible. After you have done this, apply ice to the dent. If you do not wish to use ice, you can also use compressed air. Be sure that you hold the can upside down and make sure that it is cold enough to freeze. This may take a round or two of heat and cold to get the dent out. The process causes the metal to contract and expand, often resulting in the dent popping back out. This does not work in every case but does not do any harm to the appliance if it does not work.

3. Bang It Out

If you are able to get to the inside of the area where the dent is, then you can use a flat-ended hammer to bang it out. This is not always an easy task with washers and dryers, but if you are able to get to the other side of the dent, then this is a method that can work very well. Be sure that you start at the more shallow ends of the dent and work your way towards the deeper parts.

4. Touch-Up Paint

the front of a front-loading washing machine with clothes inside

Even when using caution, you may inadvertently scratch some of the paint off of your appliance. The good part about this is that it is very easy to fix. You will simply need to get some touch-up paint at your local hardware, appliance, or auto parts store. Simply apply the paint and allow it to dry. Be sure that it is the same color as your appliance or you will be able to see the scratches just as well as if you had never used the paint at all.

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