DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair CITY for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross smell in a washing machine can defeat the point of the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but your washer will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to get rid of the smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future odors, leave the door open between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be on the verge of spoiling! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to a professional appliance repair company in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, check to be certain your burner top is tightened and correctly aligned. You could notice this if you have had a recent boil over or spill on your stovetop.

If that is not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner lid and dust off any loose dirt. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s safest not to take a lighter apart without the proper training; call on a professional appliance repair service to diagnose 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, is left on for too much time, or has a different problem, your disposal may simply have to be reset instead of repaired. First, make sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the button on the disposal beneath the sink and then press the button. If the button will not stay in, wait ten minutes and then attempt it again. Now, turn on the water and press the button on.

If the disposal is filled up with debris and you the only sound you hear is a humming noise rather than food grinding, you could need to manually turn the blades with a hex key to clear the clog. Then, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If these tips fail to get the appliance working like normal, do not allow the temptation to shove one of your hands down in the system to investigate. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red “reset” switch to see if it restores juice.

If not, or if you’re trying a standard electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you are unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back to the ON position. But remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. If you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will often create quite a startling racket and is not a ideal process to clean clothing. If your washer is abruptly shaking, the appliance could be broken. In order to repair this issue, rotate the legs on the washer to lower or lift all corners until it’s balanced. Another likely case is that the unit is off balance. Open the lid and rearrange the clothing items so they are evenly dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help your washing machine not have to work as hard. If you attempt to arrange the clothing a couple of times to no avail, don’t ignore the problem. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount on your hands, which should be easy for a professional to fix. But continuing to use the washing machine with this problem could destroy other parts and cause a worse repair later.

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If these quick fixes can solve your broken appliance, you can schedule an appointment from Yates Appliance Repair!

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