DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Spokane Valley for help, you can keep your appliances running like new with a lot of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washing machine defeats the point of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but the unit won’t cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to eliminate the smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate smells in the future, crack the door open in between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside could also be close to becoming spoiled! In most cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it out from the wall prior to wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to call a professional appliance repair technician in Spokane Valley.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, check to make certain your burner top is in place and properly aligned. You could possibly notice this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the source is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean , first remove the burner cap and wipe off any dirt. You can use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the issue, it’s safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have right training; enlist a professional appliance repairman to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A 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 some other problem, your disposal may simply need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch will not stay pushed in, wait a few minutes and then attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with food and you hear nothing but a humming sound instead of waste grinding, you may need to manually turn the blades with a hex key tool to remove the jam. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips do not get the disposal working like it should, don’t give in to the urge to push one of your hands down in the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance repairman in Spokane Valley.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, press the red reset button to see if it will restore juice.

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

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will create quite a loud banging and isn’t a ideal way to get wash clothing. If yours starts knocking around, the machine may be broken down. In order to fix this problem, turn the legs on the appliance to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. Another likely scenario is that the washing machine is not leveled. Open the top and rearrange the shirts and pants so that they are dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Doing this could help the washer to not need to work quite as hard. If you try to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loose motor or drum mount to repair, which can be easy for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to operate the washing machine with this problem might break some of the other pieces and result in a more costly repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions can fix your problems, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Spokane Valley Appliance Repair!


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