DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair in Arlington for assistance, you can keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul smell in a washer can defeat the reason for the appliance! If you’re attempting to get your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but your appliance will not cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem frequently happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate odors in the future, leave the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator in the kitchen is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food inside might also be close to spoiling! In many cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of professional repair; interior could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and move it far from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it is time to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Arlington.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to make sure the burner lid is in place and properly aligned. You may notice this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner cap and dust off any dirt. You can also use a metal pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it is smart to not take a lighter apart unless you have proper training; in this case call a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal may simply have to be reset rather than fixed. First, make sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the switch will not stay in, just wait ten minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with food and you hear nothing but a humming sound rather than food grinding, you could need to twist the disposal blades with a hex key to clear the clog. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If these tips do not get things working like it should, do not give in to the temptation to put your hands down in the blades to solve the issue. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Arlington.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, push the red reset switch to see if it will restore juice.

If not, or if you are trying on a typical electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the home’s breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Remember, safety near electrical outlets is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will create quite a loud racket and isn’t a ideal process to wash clothes. If your washer is abruptly shaking, the machine could be broken down. To fix this issue, turn the legs of the washing machine to lift or lower all corners until it’s straightened out. One other possible case is the washer is not balanced. Open the top and move around the clothing items so they’re dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this could help the washing machine to not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to rearrange the laundry a few times without success, don’t ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to repair, which is easy enough for a professional to repair. But continuing to use your washing machine when it has this issue might break some of the other pieces and cause a more significant repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these tips can fix your broken appliance, it is time to schedule an appointment from Achieve Appliance Repair!


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