DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair service in Louisville, KY for assistance, you can keep your household appliances in good shape with the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in your washer can defeat the reason for owning the appliance! If you are trying to wash your clothes so they’re clean and fresh, but the washing machine isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent smells in the future, prop the door open following cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cold, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of spoiling! In some cases, your refrigerator will not require professional repair; the inside could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and move it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice immediate cooling improvement, it’s time to reach out to call for professional appliance repair.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner won’t light, inspect to be certain the burner cap is tightened and correctly aligned. You could possibly notice this problem if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the source is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, take off the burner top and wipe off any loose dirt. You can also use a clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it is safest to not take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal might just have to be reset rather than replaced. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the reset button on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not the grinding of waste, you could need to manually turn the disposal blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If the previous tips don’t get it working like it is supposed to, do not succumb tothe temptation to stick your arms down in the blades to figure things out. Be smart and set up an appointment with a professional appliance service.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the outlets should be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, press the red reset switch to see if that restores juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a typical outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the home’s breaker box. If you’re not sure if a breaker was tripped, switch it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety around electricity is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create a obnoxious banging and isn’t a productive method to clean clothing. If your washing machine starts knocking around, the washing machine might be broken. In order to fix this issue, rotate the legs on the washing machine to lower or lift all corners until it’s balanced. Another possible scenario is the washer is not balanced. Lift open the top and arrange the clothing items so that they’re dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this will help the washing machine not need to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing a few times without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which should be easy enough for a professional to fix. But if you continue to run the washer with this problem could break other parts and cause a more significant repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these tips are able to solve your issues, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Cardinal Appliance Repair!


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