DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good condition with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad smell in your washing machine can defeat the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you are trying to wash your clothes so that they’re clean and fresh, but the washing machine is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This problem often occurs in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future odors, leave the door open between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator in the kitchen is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In most cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of repair; it might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and drag it far from the wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice immediate cooling improvement, it is a good idea to hire a professional appliance repair company in Louisiana.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered stove clicks nonstop and the burner won’t light, check to be sure the burner lid is in place and properly aligned. You may notice this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the cause is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, take off the burner top and wipe off any loose particles. You can also use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not fix the issue, it’s best not to take a lighter apart unless you have training; hire a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s 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 a different problem, your disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. First, please make sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the reset switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, wait a few minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with debris and you only hear a humming sound and not waste grinding, you may need to unwind the blades using a hex key tool to remove the jam. Then, push in the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above are unable to get things working like it is supposed to, don’t give in to the urge to shove one of your arms down in the system to solve the issue. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Louisiana.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches to protect people against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red reset button to see if it restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a standard outlet, be certain that a breaker has not tripped in the home’s breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. But remember, safety near electricity is critical. If you have any concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create quite a loud racket and isn’t a productive way to wash clothing. If yours starts shaking, the unit could be in trouble. In order to fix this issue, rotate the legs of the unit to lower or lift each corner until it is straightened out. One other possible scenario is that the washer is not balanced. Crack open the top and arrange the clothes so they are more evenly dispersed in the drum of the washer.

Trying this can help your washer not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothes a few times without luck, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened motor or drum mount on your hands, which should be easy enough for a professional repairman to repair. But if you continue to run your washing machine when it has this issue might ruin other parts and result in a bigger repair over time.

Call for Help

If these suggestions fix your issues, it is time to schedule service from Marion Appliance Repair!


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