DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in College Station for help, you should be able to keep your appliances in good shape with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul smell in a washing machine can defeat the point of the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to wash your clothes so that they’re fresh and clean, but your washer will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, crack the door open after washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be close to spoiling! In most cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of professional repair; it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it far from the wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice cooling improvement, it is a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair company in College Station for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure your burner lid is in place and correctly aligned. You might possibly experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the reason is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner top and dust away any loose debris. You can use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, it’s safest not to take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip. If it gets filled up, overheats, runs for too long, or has some other issue, your disposal might simply have to be reset instead of repaired. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Next, locate the switch on the disposal under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the switch will not stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and press it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with waste and you only hear a humming sound rather than waste grinding, you could need to manually twist the blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Then, press the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the tips above do not get the appliance working like normal, please do not allow the urge to stick your hands down in the blades to investigate. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance service in College Station.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the outlets should be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, press the red switch to see if that restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a basic electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your circuit breaker box. If you are not sure if a circuit breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. Remember, safety around electricity is critical. If you have any concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will produce quite a loud banging and isn’t a ideal process to clean clothing. If your washing machine is suddenly shaking, the machine might be broken. To repair this problem, rotate the legs on the washer to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s level. Another likely situation is the washing machine is not leveled. Open the top and arrange the shirts and pants so they’re dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Trying this can help your washer to not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to rearrange the laundry a couple of times to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount, which is easy for a professional to repair. But continuing to use the washer with this problem could damage other pieces and cause a worse repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions can solve your problems, it’s time to schedule service from College Station Appliance Repair!

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