DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair in Elizabeth for assistance, you can keep your household appliances in good shape with some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A gross odor in a washer can defeat the entire purpose of the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your laundry items so that they’re fresh and clean, but the unit will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This issue often occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent odors in the future, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep liquids cold, and the food on the inside could also be in danger of going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t require professional repair; it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator require cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and move it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you don’t notice cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to an appliance repair company.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, inspect to make certain the burner top is tightened and correctly aligned. You could also experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner top and wipe off any loose debris. You can use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t fix the problem, it is best not to disassemble a lighter unless you have the right training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it gets filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has some other problem, the disposal may simply need to be reset instead of replaced. First, make sure the power switch is OFF. Then, find the reset switch on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the button does not stay in, just wait a few minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with food and you hear nothing but a humming sound rather than the grinding of waste, you could need to twist the blades with a hex key to eliminate the clog. Now, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If these tips fail to get the disposal working like normal, please do not succumb to the urge to stick your arms down in the system to figure things out. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance service in Elizabeth.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI switches to protect people from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red reset button to see if it restores power.

If it does not, or if you’re trying a standard outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you are uncertain if a circuit breaker has been tripped, switch it to the OFF position and back into the ON position. Just remember, safety near electricity is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create a obnoxious banging and is not a good process to clean clothes. If your washer is abruptly banging, the washing machine might be broken. In order to fix this problem, turn the legs on the washing machine to lower or lift each corner until it’s straightened out. Another possible scenario is that the washer is not leveled. Crack open the top and rearrange the clothes so they are evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this can help your washer to not need to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which can be easy for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to use your washer with this problem could ruin some of the other parts and lead to a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions solve your issues, it is time to schedule an appointment from One Pro Appliance Repairs!


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