DIY Appliance Repair Tips

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washing machine can defeat the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to get your clothes so they’re clean and fresh, but the unit is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future smells, prop the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep liquids cold, and the food inside of it might also be close to going rotten! In several cases, your refrigerator will not require professional repair; instead it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it far from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you don’t see immediate cooling improvement, it is best to reach out to a professional appliance repair company in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be certain the burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You might also notice this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the stovetop.

If that’s not the case, the reason is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, take off the burner top and dust off any loose dirt. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the problem, it is smart to not take a lighter apart unless you have the training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another problem, the disposal may just have to be reset rather than fixed. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, find the reset button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button does not stay in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with food and you only hear a humming sound rather than food grinding, you may need to manually turn the blades using a hex key to eliminate the jam. Then, push in the reset switch to get the disposal working again. If the previous tips are unable to get the garbage disposal working like normal, please do not allow the urge to push one of your hands down in the system to investigate. Be smart and arrange an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, press the red “reset” switch to see if that restores juice.

If not, or if you are trying on a basic outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the breaker box. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker has been tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Please remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often create quite a loud racket and isn’t a great process to wash clothes. If your washing machine is suddenly knocking, the unit may be broken. To fix this issue, turn the legs on the unit to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. Another likely scenario is that the unit is off balance. Open the top and arrange the clothes so that they’re evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Doing this can help the washer not need to work quite as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothing once or twice without luck, don’t ignore the problem. You could have a loosened motor or drum mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to repair. But if you continue to run the washer with this issue could destroy other components and result in a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to solve your broken appliance, you can schedule service from Lee Appliance Repair!


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