DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair Highland for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in your washer defeats the purpose of the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but your appliance is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food inside might also be in danger of going rotten! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; instead interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see instant cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to hire a professional appliance repair service in Highland for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner won’t light, look to be certain the burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You may experience this if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the stove top.

If that’s not the case, the source is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first take off the burner cap and dust away any loose debris. You can also use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that does not fix the issue, it’s wise to not take a lighter apart without training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has another issue, your disposal might just need to be reset instead of replaced. First, make sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the button on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and then attempt it again. Turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with waste and you only hear a humming sound instead of the grinding of food, you might need to unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the clog. Next, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If these tips are unable to get the appliance working like it should, please don’t succumb to the urge to shove one of your arms down into the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance company in Highland.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, push the red reset button to see if that will restore power.

If it does not, or if you are trying a typical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not tripped in the home’s breaker box. If you are uncertain if a circuit breaker is tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety near wiring is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will create quite a loud banging and isn’t a ideal process to clean laundry. If your washer starts knocking, the machine may be broken. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs of the washing machine to lift or lower each corner until it’s level. One other possible situation is that the appliance is off balance. Crack open the lid and arrange the clothes so that they are evenly dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this should help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you try to move around the laundry a couple of times to no avail, don’t ignore the problem. You might have a loose motor or drum mount to fix, which should be easy for a professional to fix. But if you continue to use the washer when it has this issue might ruin other parts and result in a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these suggestions are able to solve your problems, it is time to schedule an appointment from HOF Highland Appliance Repair!

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