DIY Appliance Repair Tips

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant odor in a washing machine can defeat the entire purpose of owning the appliance! If you are trying to get your clothes so that they’re fresh and clean, but your unit will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to get rid of the smell. This issue frequently happens in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future odors, prop the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep liquids cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and drag it away from the kitchen wall before vacuuming the coils. If you don’t see instant 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 will not light, inspect to make certain your burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You may experience this if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the source is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner cap and clear off any debris. You can use a metal clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not repair the issue, it is smart not to disassemble a lighter for someone without the right training; call a professional appliance repair service to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other problem, the disposal may just need to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the button on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the switch will not stay in, just wait a few minutes and try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is filled with waste and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound and not the grinding of waste, you could need to manually turn the disposal blades using a hex key to eliminate the clog. Then, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the tips above fail to get the appliance working like normal, please do not allow the temptation to shove your hands down into the system to investigate. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches to protect homeowners against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push in the red reset switch to see if it restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a basic outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Please remember, safety by wiring is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will create quite a loud racket and is not a great process to clean clothing. If yours starts banging, the washer may be broken. To fix this issue, rotate the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift each corner until it is level. One other possible situation is that the appliance is not leveled. Crack open the lid and arrange the clothing items so that they’re more evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Trying this could help the washer to not have to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing a couple of times without success, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But continuing to run the washer when it has this issue might damage some of the other parts and lead to a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips fix your broken appliance, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Gray Appliance Repair!


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