DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair in Fullerton for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad smell in your washer can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they are fresh and clean, but your appliance will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This problem often happens in front-loading washers. To prevent smells in the future, prop the door open following cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool, and the food on the inside might also be close to rotting! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t require repair; it could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and move it out from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it is time to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Fullerton for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be sure the burner top is tightened and correctly aligned. You may possibly notice this if you’ve had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the source is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, remove the burner cap and clear off any dirt. You can also use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s safest to not take a lighter apart for anyone without the right training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair company to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another issue, the garbage disposal might just have to be reset instead of replaced. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, locate the reset switch on the disposal under the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch won’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and then press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with debris and you only hear a humming sound rather than the grinding of food, you may need to turn the disposal blades using a hex key tool to remove the clog. Then, press the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If the tips above do not get it working like it is supposed to, don’t succumb to the temptation to put one of your hands down in the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and arrange an appointment with a professional appliance service in Fullerton.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker panel. If you are unsure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Please remember, safety around electrical outlets is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create quite a loud banging and isn’t a great process to clean laundry. If yours is abruptly shaking around, the appliance may be in trouble. To repair this problem, rotate the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift all corners until it is level. One other likely scenario is that the washing machine is not leveled. Lift open the lid and arrange the shirts and pants so that they are more dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this will help your washing machine to not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to move around the clothes a few times to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to repair. But if you continue to use your washer when it has this issue might damage other pieces and cause a more significant repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your broken appliance, you will want to schedule an appointment from United Appliance Repair!


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