DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair Appleton for assistance, you can keep your household appliances running like new with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant smell in a washing machine can defeat the entire point of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to get your laundry items so they are fresh and clean, but the washer will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This problem frequently happens in front-loading machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, crack the door open in between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside might also be close to rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator might not need repair; it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug it and move it out from the kitchen wall before wiping down the coils. If you can’t see instant cooling improvement, it is time to call a professional appliance repair service in Appleton.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner doesn’t light, look to be sure the burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You may possibly experience this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first take off the burner lid and clear off any loose dirt. You can use a metal clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s safest not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; call a professional appliance repair company to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal might simply need to be reset rather than fixed. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal unit beneath the sink and then press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and turn the button on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with waste and you the only noise you hear is a humming noise rather than food grinding, you might need to manually unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the jam. Next, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If these tips are unable to get the appliance working like it should, don’t succumb to the urge to put one of your arms down in the blades to figure things out. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Appleton.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red reset switch to see if it will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a basic outlet, be certain that a breaker has not tripped in the circuit breaker box. If you’re unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. If you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will often produce a startling banging and isn’t a productive way to wash clothes. If your washing machine starts banging, the washer could be broken down. To repair this issue, rotate the legs of the machine to lift or lower each corner until it is level. One other possible scenario is that the washer is off balance. Crack open the top and arrange the clothes so they are more dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help the washer to not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to arrange the clothes a few times to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount to repair, which is easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to run the washer with this problem could ruin some of the other pieces and result in a more costly repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips solve your issues, you will want to schedule an appointment from Appleton Appliance Repair!


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