DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair CITY for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in your washer defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you are trying to get your clothing items so that they are fresh and clean, but the machine won’t cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant smell. This issue frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, leave the door open between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep beverages cool, and the food inside might also be on the verge of going rotten! In many cases, your refrigerator might not require professional repair; instead the inside could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it out from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you can’t notice instant cooling improvement, it is a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair technician in CITY for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be sure the burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You might possibly notice this if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first remove the burner top and clear away any loose debris. You can use a clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not resolve the issue, it is safest not to take a lighter apart for someone without the right training; in this case call a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your 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 garbage disposal may just have to be reset rather than replaced. First, please make sure the switch is OFF. Next, locate the switch on the disposal beneath the sink and press the switch. If the switch doesn’t stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and then try again. Turn on the water from the faucet and then press the button on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with food and you the only noise you hear is a humming noise and not food grinding, you could need to twist the disposal blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Then, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the previous tips don’t get the appliance working like normal, please don’t give in to the urge to stick one of your arms down into the blades to figure things out. Be safe and set up an appointment with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If it does not, or if you’re trying a basic electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the breaker box. If you’re not sure if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. But remember, safety by wiring is critical. If you have concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer can create quite a loud banging and isn’t a good method to get wash laundry. If yours starts banging around, the appliance could be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs of the machine to lower or lift all corners until it is straightened out. Another possible situation is the unit is off balance. Lift open the top and move around the clothes so that they are dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this will help the washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you attempt to arrange the laundry a few times without success, do not ignore the problem. You might have a loose drum or motor mount on your hands, which can be easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to run your washing machine when it has this issue might destroy other parts and cause a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these tips are able to fix your issues, it is time to schedule service from Cole Appliance Repair!


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