DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair for help, you can keep your household appliances in good condition with a lot of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washing machine defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re trying to get your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but your washer isn’t cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem frequently happens in front-loading washing machines. To prevent smells in the future, crack the door open after washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep beverages cool, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of repair; instead interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator require cleaning.

Unplug it and move it away from the wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to make sure your burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You may possibly experience this problem if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner lid and wipe off any dirt. You can also use a clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the issue, it is smart not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has another problem, the disposal could just have to be reset rather than fixed. First, make sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the switch on the disposal under the sink and press the switch. If the button does not stay in, just wait a few minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is clogged with debris and you hear nothing but a humming sound and not the grinding of food, you might need to manually unwind the blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If these tips fail to get things working like it should, please do not allow the urge to shove your hands down in the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and set up an appointment with a professional appliance service in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets should be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red “reset” button to see if that will restore juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a standard outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you are unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Remember, safety near wiring is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will create quite a obnoxious banging and is not a good method to get clean clothes. If yours starts banging, the washer might be broken. To fix this issue, turn the legs of the appliance to lower or lift each of the corners until it is balanced. Another possible scenario is that the unit is not leveled. Lift open the lid and arrange the shirts and pants so that they are more dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this could help the washer to not need to work as hard. If you do try to move around the laundry a few times without luck, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to repair, which is easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to use your washing machine when it has this issue could damage other pieces and cause a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes can solve your issues, you will want to schedule service from Stone Appliance Repair!


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