DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Aurora for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances running properly with the help of some of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in your washing machine can defeat the entire purpose of owning the appliance! If you are trying to wash your clothes so that they’re clean and fresh, but your washing machine will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem commonly occurs in front-loading machines. To eliminate future odors, leave the door open after washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside might also be in danger of spoiling! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of repair; instead the inside could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it far from the wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you can’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to call a professional appliance repair company in Aurora for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven continues to click and the burner won’t light, look to be certain the burner top is in place and properly aligned. You could possibly notice this if you’ve 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, remove the burner lid and wipe off any particles. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not fix the issue, it’s best not to take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; call a professional appliance repairman to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal could simply have to be reset rather than replaced. First, make sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, find the reset button on the disposal beneath the sink and then press the switch. If the switch will not stay in, wait ten minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you could need to manually twist the blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Next, press the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If these tips fail to get the disposal working like it is supposed to, please do not succumb to the temptation to put one of your hands down into the system to investigate. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in Aurora.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, push in the red reset switch to see if it will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying on a standard electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your circuit breaker box. If you are not sure if a breaker has been tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Remember, safety near electricity is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create a loud racket and isn’t a good way to get clean clothes. If your washer starts banging, the washer may be broken down. To fix this problem, turn the legs on the washing machine to lower or lift each corner until it is straightened out. One other likely scenario is the washer is not leveled. Open the top and arrange the shirts and pants so that they’re more dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Doing this could help your washing machine to not need to work quite as hard. If you attempt to arrange the clothes once or twice without luck, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount on your hands, which is easy for a professional technician to repair. But if you continue to run the washer when it has this issue might destroy some of the other components and result in a bigger repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips can fix your problems, you can schedule service from A+ Aurora Appliance Repair!

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