DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair Escondido service for assistance, you can keep your appliances in good shape with the help of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul odor in a washer can defeat the purpose of owning the appliance! If you are trying to wash your laundry items so that they are fresh and clean, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This issue commonly occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, prop the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside might also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In several cases, your refrigerator won’t need repair; instead it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the kitchen wall prior to wiping down the coils. If you can’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s time to hire a professional appliance repair company in Escondido.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure the burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You may experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the stove top.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a dirty igniter. To clean , first remove the burner cap and clear away any particles. You can also use a metal clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is wise to not disassemble a lighter without training; enlist a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has a different issue, the garbage disposal could just have to be reset rather than fixed. Be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the button does not stay in, wait a few minutes and press it again. Next, turn on the water and turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is filled with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you may need to unwind the blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Next, push in the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the previous tips do not get the appliance working like it should, please don’t succumb to the urge to stick one of your hands down in the disposal to solve the issue. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance service in Escondido.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, push the red “reset” button to see if that restores power.

If not, or if you’re trying on a basic outlet, make sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a circuit breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety around electricity is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will often produce a obnoxious racket and is not a ideal method to clean laundry. If your washer starts shaking, the washer might be broken. To fix this problem, turn the legs on the washer to lift or lower each corner until it’s straightened out. Another likely case is the washer is not balanced. Lift open the lid and move around the clothes so they’re dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this should help your washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothes a couple of times without success, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to fix, which can be easy enough for a professional repairman to fix. But if you continue to operate the washer when it has this issue could damage other parts and lead to a worse repair in the future.

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If these suggestions are able to solve your issues, you can schedule service from Escondido Appliance Repair!

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