DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair CITY for help, you should be able to keep your appliances in good shape with the help of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant smell in a washer can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you are attempting to wash your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but your appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This issue commonly happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cold, and the food inside could also be close to spoiling! In several cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of repair; instead it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and move it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot see immediate cooling improvement, it’s time to contact a professional appliance repair service in CITY for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to make sure the burner top is in place and properly aligned. You may also notice this issue if you have recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stovetop.

If that’s not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, remove the burner lid and dust off any loose dirt. You can use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is safest to not disassemble a lighter unless you have the right training; in this case hire a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other problem, your garbage disposal might simply need to be reset rather than replaced. Be sure the switch is OFF. Next, find the reset switch on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the button does not stay pushed in, wait 10 minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with food and you only hear a humming sound and not food grinding, you might need to manually unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to eliminate the jam. Next, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips fail to get the appliance working like normal, do not give in to the urge to stick one of your hands down into the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, push in the red button to see if it will restore power.

If not, or if you are trying a standard electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your home’s breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Please remember, safety by wiring is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce a startling racket and is not a ideal method to get wash clothes. If your washing machine starts knocking, the unit may be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs on the appliance to lift or lower all corners until it is balanced. Another likely case is the unit is off balance. Open the lid and arrange the clothes so that they are dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Trying this can help the washer not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to rearrange the clothes a few times without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which can be easy enough for a professional technician to repair. But continuing to run your washer when it has this problem could break some of the other parts and lead to a more significant repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these tips can solve your issues, you can schedule an appointment from Giles Appliance Repair!


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