DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair for assistance, you should be able to keep your appliances running properly with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A gross smell in a washing machine defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your laundry items so that they are fresh and clean, but your washing machine won’t cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant smell. This problem frequently happens in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more future odors, prop the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep liquids cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside might also be close to going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator will not require professional repair; instead the inside might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator require cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it out from the kitchen wall before vacuuming the coils. If you don’t see cooling improvement, it is time to hire a professional appliance repair company in CITY for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove continues to click and the burner does not light, inspect to be certain the burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You might possibly experience this if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

If that’s not the case, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, remove the burner cap and wipe away any debris. You can use a clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, it is safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has another problem, your disposal could just have to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the reset switch on the disposal unit under the sink and then press the switch. If the button won’t stay in, just wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with debris and you the only noise you hear is a humming sound rather than waste grinding, you could need to unwind the blades with a hex key tool to clear the clog. Next, press the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If the tips above are unable to get the appliance working like normal, please do not succumb to the temptation to push one of your hands down in the system to troubleshoot. Be safe and set up an appointment with a professional appliance service in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect people from harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, press the red reset switch to see if it restores juice.

If not, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, be sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back to the ON position. Please remember, safety around electrical outlets is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine can create quite a obnoxious racket and isn’t a good way to get clean laundry. If yours starts shaking around, the unit may be broken. In order to repair this issue, rotate the legs of the unit to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s balanced. Another possible case is that the washer is off balance. Lift open the top and rearrange the clothing items so they’re dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help the washing machine not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to move around the clothing once or twice without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You might have a loosened motor or drum mount to repair, which is easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to run your washer with this issue might damage some of the other components and cause a bigger repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your problems, you can schedule service from Tate Appliance Repair!


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