DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair CITY for help, you should be able to keep your appliances running like new with the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul smell in a washer defeats the entire point of owning the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your clothes so they’re clean and fresh, but the washer is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor. This problem frequently happens in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside might also be close to rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator will not require repair; interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug it and move it out from the kitchen wall prior to wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it is a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair service in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, look to make sure your burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You may possibly notice this problem if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean , remove the burner top and clear away any loose dirt. You can also use a clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the problem, it is safest not to disassemble a lighter unless you have training; in this case hire a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has a different problem, the disposal could just need to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch does not stay in, wait 10 minutes and then try again. Turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the disposal is clogged with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise instead of waste grinding, you may need to twist the disposal blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Then, push in the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the tips above don’t get it working like it is supposed to, don’t allow the urge to push your hands down in the disposal to solve the issue. Be smart and set up an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect people from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, push the red reset switch to see if that restores power.

If not, or if you are trying on a typical electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety near electricity is a must. If you have any concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often create quite a loud banging and is not a ideal way to wash laundry. If your washer starts banging, the washer may be in trouble. To repair this issue, turn the legs of the machine to lift or lower each of the corners until it is level. One other possible case is the appliance is not balanced. Lift open the top and rearrange the shirts and pants so that they are more evenly dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this could help your washing machine not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothing once or twice to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to repair, which can be easy for a professional technician to repair. But continuing to use the washing machine when it has this issue might destroy some of the other parts and result in a bigger repair later.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes can solve your broken appliance, it is time to schedule an appointment from Shaw Appliance Repair!


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