DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair in Troy for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good condition with a lot of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross smell in a washer defeats the reason for the appliance! If you’re trying to get your laundry items so they’re clean and fresh, but your washing machine isn’t cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This issue often occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, leave the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food on the inside might also be on the verge of going rotten! In several cases, your refrigerator might not require professional repair; the inside might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it far from the wall before cleaning the coils. If you do not notice immediate cooling improvement, it is best to hire a professional appliance repair company in Troy for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure the burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You may possibly notice this if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

Otherwise, the cause is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, take off the burner top and wipe off any loose debris. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not fix the problem, it is best to not disassemble a lighter without the proper training; enlist a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different issue, the garbage disposal might simply need to be reset instead of repaired. Be sure the switch is OFF. Next, find the reset button on the disposal under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is filled up with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you could need to manually twist the disposal blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Then, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips are unable to get the garbage disposal working like it should, please do not allow the temptation to shove one of your arms down in the disposal to investigate. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Troy.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches to protect people from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, push in the red switch to see if it will restore power.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a standard outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the circuit breaker box. If you are unsure if a breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Please remember, safety around electrical outlets is critical. If you have any concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will produce a obnoxious banging and is not a productive process to clean clothing. If your washer starts knocking around, the washer could be broken. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs on the machine to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s level. One other possible scenario is that the washer is not leveled. Open the top and rearrange the clothes so that they are evenly dispersed within the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this should help the washer not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothes a few times to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount on your hands, which is easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to run your washer when it has this problem might destroy other pieces and lead to a more significant repair down the road.

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If none of these quick fixes fix your issues, you can schedule service from Triumph Appliance Repair of Troy!

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