DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Arlington for assistance, you might be able to keep your household appliances running smoothly with a lot of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in your washer can defeat the entire purpose of owning the appliance! If you are attempting to wash your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but the unit won’t cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This issue frequently occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, leave the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; instead it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and move it away from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice cooling improvement, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair company in Arlington for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, look to be sure the burner lid is tightened and correctly aligned. You might possibly experience this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

If that’s not the case, the source is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, take off the burner lid and wipe off any loose debris. You can use a clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the issue, it is best to not take a lighter apart unless you have the training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has a different issue, your garbage disposal might just need to be reset instead of repaired. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the reset button on the disposal under the sink and then press the switch. If the button doesn’t stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water and then press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with waste and you hear nothing but a humming noise rather than food grinding, you might need to unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the jam. Then, push in the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above are unable to get the appliance working like normal, don’t give in to the urge to push one of your hands down into the system to investigate. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Arlington.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, push the red reset button to see if that restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying a standard outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Please remember, safety by electricity is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will produce quite a obnoxious racket and is not a productive way to wash clothes. If yours is suddenly knocking, the machine might be in trouble. In order to repair this issue, turn the legs on the appliance to lower or lift each corner until it is level. One other likely case is that the washing machine is not balanced. Open the lid and move around the clothes so they are dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help the washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you attempt to arrange the clothes a few times without luck, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount on your hands, which should be easy enough for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to use the washer when it has this problem might damage some of the other components and result in a worse repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your issues, you will want to schedule service from Anytime Arlington Appliance Repair!


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