DIY Appliance Repair Tips

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant odor in your washing machine defeats the entire point of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but the washer is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate future odors, crack the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep liquids cold, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of spoiling! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator will not require professional repair; instead the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and drag it far from the wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is time to reach out to a professional appliance repair technician in CITY for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be sure the burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You might also notice this if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the cause is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean , take off the burner top and wipe off any debris. You can also use a metal clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it is smart to not take a lighter apart unless you have right training; enlist a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has another issue, your garbage disposal could simply have to be reset rather than repaired. You should be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset button on the disposal unit under the sink and then press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with waste and you only hear a humming sound rather than food grinding, you could need to manually turn the disposal blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Then, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If the previous tips don’t get the disposal working like it should, don’t give in tothe temptation to stick your hands down into the disposal to troubleshoot. Be safe and arrange an appointment with a professional appliance service in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect people from harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, push the red reset switch to see if it restores juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the circuit breaker box. If you are unsure if a circuit breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back onto the ON position. But remember, safety by electricity is critical. If you have concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine can create a startling racket and is not a great way to clean laundry. If your washing machine is suddenly shaking, the appliance might be broken down. To fix this problem, rotate the legs on the washer to lift or lower each of the corners until it is straightened out. One other likely case is that the washing machine is not balanced. Crack open the top and rearrange the clothing items so they are more dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Doing this could help your washing machine to not have to work as hard. If you do try to arrange the clothes once or twice without luck, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which is easy for a professional repairman to fix. But if you continue to run the washer when it has this issue might ruin some of the other parts and result in a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your issues, it is time to schedule service from Vaughn’s Appliance Repair!


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