DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Interested in attempting DIY appliance repair? The tips below are good for some of the common and easier appliance repair projects. For more difficult projects we recommend giving us a call. Learn more about our services here.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in your washer defeats the point of the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but your machine is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This issue often happens in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate odors in the future, crack the door open after cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be close to becoming spoiled! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator will not require repair; instead the inside could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the unit require cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it far from the wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice instant cooling improvement, it is best to call a professional appliance repair service in Texas.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, inspect to make certain the burner cap is on tight and properly aligned. You might experience this issue if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , first take off the burner top and wipe off any loose dirt. You can also use a clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that does not repair the issue, it’s wise to not take a lighter apart for someone without the proper training; call on a professional appliance repairman to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another problem, your garbage disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, locate the button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch will not stay in, just wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled up with food and you hear nothing but a humming sound instead of the grinding of food, you might need to manually turn the blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips don’t get the appliance working like it is supposed to, do not allow the urge to put one of your arms down in the blades to solve the problem. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Texas.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI switches to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push in the red reset button to see if that restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a typical outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the breaker box. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Please remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. If you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce a loud racket and isn’t a great way to wash laundry. If your washer starts knocking around, the washer could be broken down. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs on the washing machine to lower or lift all corners until it is straightened out. Another possible situation is that the washing machine is off balance. Open the top and move around the shirts and pants so that they’re evenly dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Trying this can help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the laundry a couple of times without luck, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount to fix, which is easy for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to operate the washer when it has this issue might damage some of the other pieces and cause a more costly repair later.

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If these tips can fix your broken appliance, you can schedule service from Action Missouri City Appliance Repair!


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