DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair CITY for help, you should be able to keep your appliances running correctly with the help of a lot of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad smell in your washer can defeat the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you are attempting to get your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but the washer will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This issue commonly occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate smells in the future, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep beverages cold, and the food inside could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In some cases, your refrigerator will not require repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and drag it away from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you do not see cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in CITY for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, look to be certain your burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You may experience this if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

If that is not the case, the reason is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner top and clear off any loose debris. You can use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is wise to not disassemble a lighter unless you have right training; enlist a professional appliance repairman to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal might simply have to be reset rather than repaired. Be sure the switch is OFF. Next, locate the button on the disposal unit beneath the sink and press the switch. If the button will not stay pushed in, wait 10 minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the button on.

If the disposal is filled with food and you the only sound you hear is a humming sound and not food grinding, you may need to turn the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the jam. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above don’t get the garbage disposal working like it is supposed to, please do not allow the temptation to stick one of your hands down into the system to figure things out. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, press the red switch to see if that will restore juice.

If not, or if you are trying a basic outlet, be sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a breaker has been tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Remember, safety around electrical outlets is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce quite a loud racket and isn’t a ideal process to wash laundry. If your washing machine is suddenly shaking, the unit could be broken. To fix this issue, rotate the legs on the machine to lower or lift all corners until it is balanced. One other possible scenario is the unit is not leveled. Lift open the lid and rearrange the shirts and pants so that they’re evenly dispersed in the drum of the washer.

Trying this should help the washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you try to move around the clothing once or twice to no avail, don’t ignore the problem. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which is easy for a professional to repair. But if you continue to operate the washing machine with this issue could break other parts and lead to a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes can fix your problems, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Gibbs Appliance Repair!


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