DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair for help, you can keep your appliances running properly with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant smell in your washer defeats the purpose of owning the appliance! If you are trying to get your laundry items so that they are clean and fresh, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem often occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, leave the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be close to going rotten! In most cases, your refrigerator will not need repair; the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it out from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it’s time to reach out to a professional appliance repair technician in CITY for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, inspect to be sure your burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You might possibly notice this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on your stove top.

If that’s not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, remove the burner lid and dust off any loose debris. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, it is smart to not take a lighter apart for someone without the training; enlist a professional appliance repair company to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has a different problem, your disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the button. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and try again. Turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal is clogged with debris and you only hear a humming sound and not waste grinding, you may need to manually twist the blades using a hex key tool to remove the jam. Then, press the reset button to get the disposal grinding again. If the previous tips fail to get it working like it should, please don’t succumb to the temptation to push your arms down into the blades to solve the problem. Be safe and set up an appointment with a professional appliance service in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If it does not, or if you’re trying a basic outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the breaker box. If you are not sure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety near wiring is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create quite a startling banging and is not a productive way to get wash clothing. If your washer is suddenly knocking around, the unit may be broken. In order to fix this problem, rotate the legs of the unit to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s level. Another likely situation is that the washer is off balance. Crack open the lid and move around the shirts and pants so that they’re more evenly dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Doing this could help the washer not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to rearrange the clothes once or twice without success, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to deal with, which is easy enough for a professional to fix. But if you continue to operate your washer with this problem might damage some of the other parts and cause a more costly repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your issues, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Donaldson Appliance Repair!


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