DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair CITY for help, you can keep your appliances in good shape with the help of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in a washer can defeat the point of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to get your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but the unit isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This issue frequently happens in front-loading washers. To eliminate future odors, crack the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cold, and the food on the inside could also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator might not need professional repair; it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and drag it far from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you cannot notice instant cooling improvement, it is time to contact a professional appliance repair service in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove continues to click and the burner does not light, check to be certain the burner cap is tightened and correctly aligned. You might experience this problem if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first remove the burner cap and dust away any dirt. You can also use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the problem, it is best to not take a lighter apart unless you have the right training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repairman to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different issue, the disposal might simply have to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the reset button on the disposal unit under the sink and press the switch. If the button will not stay in, wait 10 minutes and attempt it again. Turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled with waste and you only hear a humming sound instead of food grinding, you may need to manually unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to remove the jam. Now, press the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If the previous tips are unable to get things working like normal, don’t allow the urge to push one of your hands down into the system to figure things out. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a standard outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are unsure if a breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back into the ON position. Remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer can create a obnoxious banging and is not a great method to get wash laundry. If your washing machine starts banging, the unit might be broken down. To fix this problem, turn the legs of the unit to lower or lift each corner until it is straightened out. Another possible situation is that the washing machine is off balance. Lift open the lid and rearrange the shirts and pants so that they’re dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this could help your washer to not need to work as hard. If you try to rearrange the clothing a couple of times without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount on your hands, which can be easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to operate your washing machine when it has this issue could ruin some of the other pieces and cause a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes are able to fix your problems, you can schedule service from Buckner Appliance Repair!


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