DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair for help, you can keep your household appliances in good shape with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul odor in your washer defeats the entire reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothing items so they are fresh and clean, but the washing machine will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem often occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent future odors, crack the door open following cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep beverages cold, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of spoiling! In some cases, your refrigerator might not need professional repair; instead interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it away from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you do not see instant cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional appliance repair company 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 sure your burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You might also notice this problem if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the source is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, first take off the burner lid and dust away any loose dirt. You can also use a metal clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the problem, it is smart not to disassemble a lighter without training; in this case call on a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has a different issue, the disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. First, make sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch will not stay in, just wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Next, turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the disposal is filled with food and you only hear a humming sound rather than food grinding, you may need to twist the blades using a hex key to eliminate the clog. Next, press the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If these tips fail to get the disposal working like it is supposed to, please don’t allow the urge to shove one of your arms down into the system to solve the problem. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, press the red reset switch to see if that restores juice.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a standard electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. But remember, safety near wiring is critical. If you have concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will often create quite a startling racket and is not a ideal method to get clean clothing. If yours is suddenly banging, the washing machine might be broken down. To fix this problem, rotate the legs on the unit to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s straightened out. One other likely scenario is the appliance is off balance. Crack open the top and move around the shirts and pants so they’re dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help the washer not need to work quite as hard. If you try to rearrange the laundry a few times without luck, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loose motor or drum mount, which should be easy for a professional technician to fix. But continuing to operate your washing machine with this issue could ruin some of the other pieces and result in a more costly repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your problems, it is time to schedule service from Pierce Appliance Repair!


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