DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair for help, you might be able to keep your appliances running properly with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in your washing machine can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but the appliance isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, crack the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be close to becoming spoiled! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator might not require professional repair; it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it out from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you can’t see cooling improvement, it’s time to hire a professional appliance repair technician in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, look to make sure your burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You might notice this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first remove the burner cap and dust off any debris. You can also use a metal clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not fix the issue, it is smart to not disassemble a lighter unless you have right training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other issue, your garbage disposal might just need to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and then try again. Turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal is filled up with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not the grinding of waste, you might need to manually unwind the blades with a hex key tool to remove the jam. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal grinding again. If the tips above fail to get it working like normal, do not give in to the temptation to push one of your hands down in the system to figure things out. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, press the red switch to see if it restores juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying a typical electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker has not tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety by electricity is a must. If you have doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often produce a startling racket and is not a good method to wash clothing. If your washing machine is abruptly knocking around, the machine might be broken down. To repair this problem, rotate the legs of the unit to lower or lift all corners until it’s straightened out. Another likely case is the unit is not balanced. Open the top and move around the shirts and pants so they’re dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this can help your washer to not have to work as hard. If you do try to arrange the laundry a couple of times without luck, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which should be easy for a professional to repair. But continuing to use the washer when it has this issue could destroy other components and lead to a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your problems, it’s time to schedule service from Stanley Appliance Repair!


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