DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances running smoothly with a lot of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad smell in your washing machine defeats the entire reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to wash your clothes so that they are clean and fresh, but your unit will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more future odors, crack the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In many cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of repair; the inside could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it out from the wall prior to wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you can’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair technician in CITY.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner does not light, look to make sure your burner top is in place and properly aligned. You could also experience this issue if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the source is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first take off the burner lid and clear away any loose debris. You can use a metal clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it’s wise not to take a lighter apart for anyone without the training; hire a professional appliance repairman to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different problem, the garbage disposal might simply have to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the reset button on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the button won’t stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and then attempt it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the disposal is clogged with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound rather than waste grinding, you may need to turn the blades with a hex key tool to remove the jam. Now, press the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If the tips above fail to get the appliance working like normal, please don’t allow the urge to push one of your arms down into the system to solve the issue. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance company in CITY.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your outlets must be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red reset button to see if that restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a standard electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker has not been tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Remember, safety by electricity is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine can create a loud banging and isn’t a good process to get clean clothes. If your washer starts shaking around, the washer might be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift all corners until it is straightened out. Another likely case is the appliance is not balanced. Lift open the lid and arrange the clothing items so they’re more dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this will help the washer to not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to arrange the laundry once or twice without luck, do not ignore the problem. You might have a loosened motor or drum mount on your hands, which should be easy for a professional to fix. But if you continue to operate your washing machine with this problem might destroy other parts and lead to a more significant repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to solve your problems, you will want to schedule an appointment from Cain Appliance Repair!


Appliance Repair Cost
Appliance Safety
Emergency Appliance Repair
Repair or Replace Appliances
Refrigerator Parts