DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair CITY for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in a washer defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re attempting to get your laundry items so they’re clean and fresh, but your appliance will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold, and the food inside might also be close to going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; the inside might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it out from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair company in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be sure the burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You could also experience this if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the source is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first remove the burner top and clear away any loose particles. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that does not resolve the issue, it is safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have the training; in this case call a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other problem, your garbage disposal may just need to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the reset button on the disposal under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch will not stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with waste and you only hear a humming noise instead of the grinding of waste, you could need to manually turn the disposal blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Next, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the previous tips are unable to get it working like it should, do not allow the temptation to push one of your arms down in the system to solve the issue. Be safe and arrange an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a basic outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your breaker box. If you are uncertain if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Remember, safety around electricity is critical. Should you have any doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will often create quite a loud banging and isn’t a good method to get clean laundry. If yours is suddenly knocking, the washer could be in trouble. To fix this issue, turn the legs on the machine to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. Another likely scenario is the unit is not balanced. Open the lid and rearrange the clothing items so that they are evenly dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this can help the washer not need to work quite as hard. If you try to arrange the laundry once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But continuing to operate your washing machine when it has this issue might damage other pieces and lead to a worse repair later.

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If these quick fixes are able to fix your broken appliance, you will want to schedule service from Green Appliance Repair!


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