DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair CITY for assistance, you can keep your household appliances running like new with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in your washer can defeat the point of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to get your laundry items so that they’re clean and fresh, but the unit isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This issue often occurs in front-loading machines. To prevent smells in the future, leave the door open in between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In most cases, your refrigerator might not require professional repair; instead the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the unit require cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and drag it out from the kitchen wall before vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional appliance repair company in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, check to be sure the burner cap is in place and correctly aligned. You could possibly notice this problem if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the stovetop.

Otherwise, the cause is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean , remove the burner top and wipe off any particles. You can also use a metal clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t fix the issue, it is safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have training; in this case call a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other issue, your disposal may simply have to be reset instead of repaired. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the sink and press the button. If the switch doesn’t stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and then try again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with food and you only hear a humming noise instead of waste grinding, you could need to unwind the blades with a hex key tool to remove the jam. Next, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the tips above fail to get it working like it is supposed to, please do not give in to the temptation to put one of your hands down in the blades to figure things out. Be smart and set up an appointment with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, the outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push in the red “reset” button to see if that restores power.

If not, or if you’re trying a basic electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker has not been tripped in your breaker box. If you are unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back into the ON position. Just remember, safety by wiring is a must. Should you have concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine can produce a loud banging and isn’t a good way to wash clothing. If your washing machine starts shaking, the washing machine may be broken. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs of the appliance to lift or lower each of the corners until it is balanced. Another likely situation is that the appliance is not leveled. Lift open the top and rearrange the clothes so that they’re more evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help your washer to not have to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the laundry a few times to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You might have a loose motor or drum mount to fix, which should be easy for a professional technician to repair. But if you continue to use the washing machine when it has this problem might break some of the other parts and cause a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your broken appliance, you can schedule service from Mayes Appliance Repair!


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