DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair CITY for help, you can keep your appliances in good condition with the help of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad smell in your washer can defeat the entire point of owning the appliance! If you’re trying to get your laundry items so they’re clean and fresh, but your unit is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem commonly occurs in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future odors, crack the door open after cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold, and the food inside could also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In some cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of professional repair; instead it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and drag it away from the wall before vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you cannot notice immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to call a professional appliance repair technician in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, check to make certain the burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You might also notice this problem if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a dirty igniter. To clean , first remove the burner lid and dust off any particles. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s best not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; in this case call a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip. If it gets filled up, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has another issue, the garbage disposal may simply need to be reset rather than repaired. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch won’t stay in, wait 10 minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with waste and you the only thing you hear is a humming noise and not the grinding of waste, you may need to manually twist the disposal blades with a hex key tool to remove the clog. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the previous tips don’t get the disposal working like it is supposed to, don’t succumb to the temptation to stick your hands down into the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the 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 is not generating power, press the red reset button to see if that restores juice.

If not, or if you are trying a basic outlet, make certain that a breaker has not tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Please remember, safety near electrical outlets is critical. If you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine can produce quite a loud racket and is not a good process to get clean clothing. If your washer starts shaking, the unit may be broken. To fix this issue, turn the legs of the washer to lift or lower each corner until it’s level. One other likely case is that the washer is not balanced. Crack open the top and rearrange the shirts and pants so they are more dispersed in the drum of the washer.

Trying this should help your washer to not have to work quite as hard. If you try to move around the clothing a couple of times without success, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loose motor or drum mount, which is easy for a professional to fix. But continuing to use your washer when it has this problem might ruin some of the other parts and cause a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these tips are able to solve your issues, you can schedule service from Cherry Appliance Repair!

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