DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Quincy for assistance, you can keep your appliances running smoothly with the help of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul smell in your washing machine defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they are clean and fresh, but your appliance will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This issue frequently happens in front-loading machines. To ensure no more future odors, crack the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be close to spoiling! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and move it away from the wall before cleaning the coils. If you do not see immediate cooling improvement, it is time to hire a professional appliance repair service.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, inspect to make certain your burner lid is tightened and correctly aligned. You could also experience this problem if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the reason is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner lid and wipe away any debris. You can also use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the issue, it’s best not to take a lighter apart for anyone without the right training; in this case call a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different problem, the disposal might simply need to be reset instead of replaced. First, please make sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the button on the disposal unit beneath the sink and press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and then attempt it again. Turn on the water and then press the button on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with debris and you hear nothing but a humming sound instead of the grinding of food, you might need to twist the blades using a hex key to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the previous tips do not get the disposal working like normal, please do not give in to the temptation to shove your hands down in the system to figure things out. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance repairman in Quincy.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets should be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect homeowners against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, press the red “reset” button to see if it will restore juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Just remember, safety by electrical outlets is critical. Should you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will produce quite a loud banging and isn’t a ideal process to get clean laundry. If yours starts knocking, the washer could be broken. To fix this problem, turn the legs on the washer to lift or lower each corner until it is level. One other possible situation is that the washing machine is not balanced. Open the top and arrange the clothes so they’re dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this will help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing a few times without success, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loose motor or drum mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional to repair. But continuing to use your washer when it has this issue could ruin some of the other parts and cause a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your issues, you can schedule service from Quality Appliance Repair!


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