DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair CITY for assistance, you can keep your household appliances running like new with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in a washer can defeat the reason for the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to get your clothes so that they’re fresh and clean, but your washer won’t cooperate, run an empty cycle in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This problem often occurs in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more future smells, leave the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be in danger of rotting! In most cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; it could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it out from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair technician in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, check to be sure your burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You might experience this if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the stovetop.

Otherwise, the source is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner lid and clear away any dirt. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not repair the problem, it’s safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it is filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has another issue, the garbage disposal might simply need to be reset rather than repaired. First, make sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button doesn’t stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and attempt it again. Now, turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled up with food and you only hear a humming noise instead of waste grinding, you might need to manually twist the blades using a hex key tool to clear the jam. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips are unable to get it working like it is supposed to, please don’t succumb to the temptation to stick your hands down into the blades to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, press the red “reset” button to see if that will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying on a basic electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not tripped in the home’s circuit breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety around wiring is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create quite a obnoxious racket and is not a great process to wash clothes. If your washing machine starts shaking, the washer may be broken down. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift each of the corners until it is level. One other likely case is that the appliance is not balanced. Lift open the top and move around the clothing items so they’re dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help the washing machine to not have to work as hard. If you try to move around the clothing a couple of times without luck, don’t ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to repair, which can be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to use the washing machine with this problem could damage other components and result in a more significant repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your problems, you will want to schedule service from Calhoun Appliance Repair!

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