DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances running properly with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant odor in a washing machine defeats the entire point of the appliance! If you are attempting to wash your laundry items so they are clean and fresh, but the washing machine isn’t cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This issue often happens in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future odors, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In several cases, your refrigerator won’t require repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back of the appliance need cleaning.

Unplug it and move it far from the wall before vacuuming the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is best to contact a professional appliance repair company in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, inspect to make certain the burner cap is on tight and properly aligned. You could experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the reason is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean , first take off the burner top and clear away any loose particles. You can also use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the problem, it’s safest to not disassemble a lighter for someone without training; enlist a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has a different problem, the disposal might just have to be reset rather than replaced. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the reset button on the disposal unit beneath the sink and press the switch. If the button will not stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and try again. Turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal is filled up with food and you only hear a humming sound and not food grinding, you may need to manually unwind the disposal blades with a hex key to clear the jam. Now, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the tips above do not get the appliance working like it is supposed to, do not give in to the urge to stick one of your hands down into the blades to figure things out. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets should be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, press the red switch to see if that will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a standard outlet, be certain that a breaker has not been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you are uncertain if a breaker was tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Please remember, safety by wiring is a must. Should you have concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine can often produce quite a startling racket and isn’t a good process to get clean clothing. If yours is suddenly knocking around, the washer may be broken down. To fix this problem, rotate the legs on the machine to lift or lower each corner until it’s level. One other possible case is that the washing machine is not leveled. Open the lid and move around the shirts and pants so that they are more evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Doing this can help your washing machine not need to work as hard. If you try to move around the clothing a couple of times without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to operate the washing machine with this issue could damage some of the other pieces and result in a more costly repair over time.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your broken appliance, it is time to schedule service from Owens Appliance Repair!


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