DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Tempe for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with a lot of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant smell in a washer defeats the entire purpose of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but the washer is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This issue commonly happens in front-loading machines. To ensure no more smells in the future, crack the door open following washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be in danger of rotting! In several cases, your refrigerator will not need repair; interior could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you cannot notice immediate cooling improvement, it is best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Tempe.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove continues to click and the burner won’t light, inspect to be certain the burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You could experience this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the top of your stove.

If that is not the case, the reason is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, remove the burner lid and clear away any debris. You can also use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not resolve the issue, it’s wise to not take a lighter apart unless you have the right training; in this case call a professional appliance repair company to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has a different problem, the garbage disposal might just have to be reset rather than fixed. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the reset switch on the disposal under the sink and press the switch. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and then try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal is filled with waste and you only hear a humming sound rather than food grinding, you might need to unwind the blades using a hex key tool to clear the clog. Now, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If these tips fail to get things working like it is supposed to, do not allow the urge to shove your hands down into the blades to solve the problem. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance service in Tempe.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push in the red reset switch to see if it will restore juice.

If not, or if you are trying a basic outlet, make certain that a breaker has not tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety near wiring is a must. Should you have concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will often produce a startling banging and is not a productive process to wash clothing. If your washer is abruptly banging, the machine may be in trouble. In order to fix this issue, rotate the legs of the unit to lift or lower each corner until it is level. Another possible scenario is the washer is off balance. Crack open the lid and arrange the clothes so that they’re more evenly dispersed in the drum of the washer.

Doing this should help your washing machine to not have to work as hard. If you try to rearrange the laundry once or twice to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loose motor or drum mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional repairman to repair. But continuing to run the washer with this issue might break some of the other parts and result in a bigger repair over time.

Call for Help

If these tips can solve your issues, you will want to schedule service from A&L Tempe Appliance Repair!

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