DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair CITY for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with a lot of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washer can defeat the purpose of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothing items so that they’re clean and fresh, but the appliance isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the smell. This problem often happens in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, prop the door open in between cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cold, and the food inside could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In most cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of repair; interior could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you can’t see instant cooling improvement, it is time to hire a professional appliance repair technician in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove continues to click and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure your burner top is on tight and correctly aligned. You could experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the reason is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner top and wipe off any loose dirt. You can also use a metal clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that does not resolve the issue, it is best not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; hire a professional appliance repair company to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has a different issue, the garbage disposal may simply need to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button won’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water and turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with debris and you only hear a humming noise instead of waste grinding, you may need to manually twist the blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Next, press the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If the tips above don’t get the garbage disposal working like it is supposed to, do not allow the urge to put one of your hands down into the system to investigate. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect people from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push the red “reset” switch to see if that will restore juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a basic outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s circuit breaker box. If you are not sure if a breaker has been tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety around electrical outlets is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will produce quite a obnoxious banging and is not a good process to get wash laundry. If yours starts banging, the unit may be broken down. To repair this issue, turn the legs of the unit to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s straightened out. Another likely case is that the washing machine is not leveled. Lift open the lid and move around the clothes so they are more evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Doing this could help your washing machine not need to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to fix, which is easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to run the washer when it has this issue might break some of the other parts and cause a more significant repair in the future.

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If these tips can fix your problems, you can schedule service from Dawson’s Appliance Repair!


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