DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Whittier for help, you can keep your household appliances running properly with the help of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A gross smell in a washing machine can defeat the purpose of the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothes so that they’re clean and fresh, but the washer is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem often happens in front-loading washers. To ensure no more smells in the future, crack the door open in between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep beverages cold, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of spoiling! In many cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of repair; instead the inside could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice instant cooling improvement, it is a good idea to call a professional appliance repair company in Whittier.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven continues to click and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure the burner lid is tightened and properly aligned. You may experience this issue if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

If that’s not the case, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , first take off the burner lid and clear away any loose particles. You can use a clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, it is wise not to take a lighter apart for someone without proper training; in this case call a professional appliance repairman to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it is filled up, overheats, runs for too long, or has some other issue, your garbage disposal might just have to be reset rather than replaced. Be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, find the reset switch on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and attempt it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled up with debris and you hear nothing but a humming sound rather than food grinding, you might need to manually twist the blades with a hex key to clear the clog. Now, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal running again. If the previous tips fail to get the appliance working like it is supposed to, don’t succumb to the urge to push one of your arms down in the system to troubleshoot. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Whittier.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If not, or if you are trying on a standard electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re unsure if a breaker has been tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Please remember, safety around electricity is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often produce quite a startling banging and isn’t a good way to get clean clothes. If yours starts shaking, the washing machine may be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs of the washer to lower or lift each corner until it is straightened out. Another possible situation is that the washer is not leveled. Crack open the lid and arrange the shirts and pants so that they are more dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this could help your washer not need to work quite as hard. If you try to rearrange the laundry a few times without luck, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount, which can be easy enough for a professional repairman to fix. But if you continue to use your washer with this issue might destroy some of the other parts and lead to a more costly repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes are able to solve your broken appliance, you will want to schedule an appointment from EZ Whittier Appliance Repair!


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