DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washing machine defeats the point of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they are clean and fresh, but the appliance isn’t cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This issue commonly occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate smells in the future, prop the door open between washes so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t need repair; instead the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it is best to call a professional appliance repair technician in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove continues to click and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure the burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You might possibly experience this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

If that’s not the case, the cause is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean , take off the burner lid and dust away any loose debris. You can also use a clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s best to not disassemble a lighter without the training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair company to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other problem, the garbage disposal might just have to be reset rather than replaced. First, make sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch does not stay in, just wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Next, turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you may need to unwind the blades using a hex key to clear the clog. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If the previous tips are unable to get things working like it should, please do not allow the temptation to put one of your hands down in the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, push in the red “reset” button to see if it restores juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a standard electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not tripped in your circuit breaker box. If you are unsure if a breaker was tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Just remember, safety around wiring is critical. Should you have concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will create a loud banging and isn’t a good way to clean clothes. If yours is suddenly shaking around, the machine may be broken down. To fix this problem, turn the legs on the unit to lower or lift all corners until it’s straightened out. Another possible situation is the washing machine is not balanced. Open the lid and move around the shirts and pants so they are dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Doing this can help your washer not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which should be easy enough for a professional repairman to repair. But if you continue to use the washer when it has this problem could destroy other pieces and cause a more costly repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your broken appliance, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Miller Appliance Repair!


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