DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair Atlanta for help, you might be able to keep your appliances running like new with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul smell in your washer defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to get your laundry items so that they’re clean and fresh, but your unit is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor. This problem often happens in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more future odors, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food inside could also be close to going rotten! In several cases, your refrigerator won’t require repair; instead the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it far from the wall before vacuuming the coils. If you cannot notice immediate cooling improvement, it is time to call a professional appliance repair technician in Atlanta.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be certain the burner cap is in place and correctly aligned. You may experience this if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the stovetop.

If that is not the case, the reason is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first remove the burner top and wipe away any debris. You can also use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not resolve the issue, it’s wise to not disassemble a lighter unless you have training; call a professional appliance repairman to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it is filled up, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has another issue, the garbage disposal might just need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the switch does not stay in, wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with food and you hear nothing but a humming sound and not food grinding, you might need to manually turn the disposal blades with a hex key to eliminate the clog. Now, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the tips above don’t get it working like normal, do not succumb to the urge to put one of your arms down in the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance company in Atlanta.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, your outlets should be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, push in the red switch to see if that restores power.

If not, or if you are trying a typical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the home’s breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Just remember, safety by wiring is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will produce a obnoxious racket and isn’t a ideal method to wash laundry. If your washer starts knocking, the unit might be broken. In order to fix this problem, rotate the legs on the appliance to lift or lower all corners until it is balanced. Another possible case is the unit is off balance. Open the lid and arrange the clothing items so that they’re dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Trying this can help your washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the laundry a couple of times without success, don’t ignore the problem. You might have a loose drum or motor mount, which should be easy enough for a professional repairman to repair. But if you continue to run your washing machine when it has this problem might ruin some of the other components and result in a worse repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to fix your broken appliance, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Ward Appliance Repair!

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