DIY Appliance Repair Tips

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul odor in a washing machine defeats the point of the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but your unit isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This problem often happens in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future odors, crack the door open between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be close to becoming spoiled! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t require repair; interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the appliance need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it away from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you do not notice cooling improvement, it is time to contact a professional appliance repair service in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, look to be sure the burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You might also notice this if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the cause is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean , take off the burner lid and wipe away any loose particles. You can also use a metal clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it’s smart not to take a lighter apart for someone without proper training; hire a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different problem, your disposal could simply have to be reset rather than repaired. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the reset button on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the button doesn’t stay in, just wait a few minutes and press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with waste and you only hear a humming sound instead of food grinding, you could need to manually twist the disposal blades using a hex key tool to remove the jam. Now, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the tips above are unable to get it working like it should, please don’t give in to the temptation to shove one of your hands down in the system to figure things out. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, your outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect people from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red reset switch to see if that restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a basic electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you are unsure if a breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Please remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. If you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will create quite a loud banging and is not a productive method to wash laundry. If your washer starts knocking around, the machine may be in trouble. To repair this problem, turn the legs of the appliance to lower or lift each corner until it is level. Another likely situation is that the unit is not leveled. Crack open the top and move around the shirts and pants so that they’re more dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help your washing machine not have to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the laundry a few times without success, don’t ignore the issue. You might have a loosened motor or drum mount to fix, which can be easy for a professional to fix. But if you continue to run the washing machine with this problem could break other pieces and lead to a worse repair in the future.

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If these quick fixes can fix your problems, you can schedule service from Spencer Appliance Repair!


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