DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair in The Villages for assistance, you might be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant smell in a washer defeats the purpose of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to get your clothing items so that they’re clean and fresh, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This issue frequently happens in front-loading washers. To prevent future smells, crack the door open following cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside might also be in danger of rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of professional repair; instead interior could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to hire a professional appliance repair technician in The Villages.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven continues to click and the burner will not light, check to make sure the burner lid is tightened and correctly aligned. You might notice this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the source is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner cap and dust away any particles. You can also use a metal clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it’s smart not to take a lighter apart without the proper training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair company to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has a different problem, the garbage disposal could simply have to be reset instead of replaced. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch won’t stay in, just wait ten minutes and attempt it again. Now, turn on the water and then press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled with waste and you only hear a humming sound rather than the grinding of food, you might need to unwind the blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Now, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the previous tips don’t get things working like it should, do not allow the urge to push your hands down into the blades to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance repairman in The Villages.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect people from harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, push in the red “reset” switch to see if it will restore juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying a typical outlet, be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your breaker box. If you are uncertain if a breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Remember, safety by electricity is critical. If you have concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer can produce quite a loud banging and is not a ideal process to wash clothing. If your washer is abruptly banging, the machine might be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs on the washer to lower or lift each corner until it’s straightened out. Another possible situation is the washer is off balance. Crack open the top and move around the clothes so they are dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this can help the washer not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to move around the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which is easy for a professional to repair. But if you continue to run your washing machine with this problem could damage other parts and cause a bigger repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes are able to solve your issues, you will want to schedule an appointment from Henry’s Appliance Repair!


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