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Cost guide: domestic appliance repairs

We’ve asked our Which? Trusted Traders for a rough guide to appliance repair costs, from fridges to tumble dryers.

In this article

We’ve spoken to the professionals to find out how much you might need to pay¹ for 12 common repairs to washing machines, dishwashers and other household appliances.

Our figures are only a guide to average costs, and there are several factors that can affect how much you’ll be charged, including:

  • where you live
  • the age and condition of your appliances
  • how long the job takes
  • the make and model of the appliance
  • the cost of any new parts that are needed (which will vary depending on the manufacturer and appliance).


Many appliance repairers will charge an initial call-out fee that typically covers the first hour, followed by an hourly rate, depending on how long the job takes. Call-out charges will vary depending on your region, and can range from £45-£125. Hourly rates tend to be lower. Make sure you ask your repairer upfront about their charges.

Find trusted repairers near you by searching for ‘appliance repairs and servicing’. Only repairers who have passed an assessment by our trading standards professionals, and who follow our Code of Conduct, can become Trusted Traders.

Washing machine and tumble dryer repair costs

All prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT, and are based on a standard, mid-range appliance.

Completion times are based on the trader already having any necessary parts needed for the repair.

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Washing machine – supply and fit new door seal

£86

£79-£102

0.5-1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new motor brushes

£79

£63-£99

0.5-1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new motor

£230

£201-£275

1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new pump

£98

£89-£105

0.5-1 hour

Tumble dryer – supply and fit new heating element

£102

£92-£114

0.5-1 hour

Oven repair costs

All prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT, and are based on a standard, mid-range appliance.

Completion times are based on the trader already having any necessary parts needed for the repair.

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Electric fan oven – supply and fit new element

£87

£83-£98

0.5-1 hour

Electric fan oven – supply and fit new thermostat

£86

£89-£104

1 hour

Dishwasher and fridge-freezer repair costs

All prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT, and are based on a standard, mid-range appliance.

Completion times are based on the trader already having any necessary parts needed for the repair.

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Dishwasher – supply and fit new pump

£102

£93-£127

0.5-1 hour

Dishwasher – supply and fit new motor

£205

£174-£250

1-2 hours

Dishwasher – supply and fit new heating element

£138

£109-£184

1-2 hours

Fridge freezer – supply and fit new door seal/gasket

£85

£76-£115

0.5-1 hour

Fridge – supply and fit new thermostat

£86

£77-£110

0.5-1 hour

The cost of parts

If the trader needs to use parts during the repair, discuss the cost of these in advance so that you can weigh up whether it’s worth repairing your faulty appliance or replacing it instead.

Most traders can offer you a choice between genuine parts (manufacturer approved) or generic ‘pattern’ parts, which usually cost much less. Whichever you choose, ensure your new part comes with a warranty.

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¹Costs were checked and updated in 2018.