DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances running smoothly with the help of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul smell in a washing machine defeats the purpose of the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to get your laundry items so they are fresh and clean, but the washer won’t cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washers. To prevent odors in the future, leave the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep drinks cold, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of rotting! In many cases, your refrigerator will not need professional repair; instead the inside might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice instant cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner will not light, look to make sure the burner cap is tightened and correctly aligned. You may also notice this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

If that is not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner top and wipe off any loose debris. You can also use a pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the issue, it is wise not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; in this case call a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other problem, your garbage disposal could simply have to be reset rather than fixed. You should be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset switch on the disposal unit under the sink and then press the button. If the switch won’t stay in, wait ten minutes and attempt it again. Turn on the water and then press the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with food and you the only thing you hear is a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you could need to manually twist the disposal blades using 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 the appliance working like normal, please don’t succumb to the temptation to shove one of your arms down into the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets should be installed with GFCI switches to protect people from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, press the red “reset” switch to see if it restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying a basic outlet, make sure that a breaker has not tripped in your circuit breaker box. If you are uncertain if a breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Remember, safety near wiring is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will create a loud racket and is not a productive way to clean clothing. If your washing machine is abruptly banging, the washing machine may be broken. To repair this problem, turn the legs on the washing machine to lift or lower each of the corners until it is level. Another likely case is that the washing machine is not leveled. Lift open the top and arrange the clothes so they are more evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this will help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to arrange the clothing once or twice without success, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loose motor or drum mount, which can be easy enough for a professional technician to repair. But continuing to use the washing machine with this issue could ruin some of the other parts and lead to a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these tips are able to solve your problems, it is time to schedule service from Rowe Appliance Repair!


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