DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair North Carolina for assistance, you can keep your appliances in good shape with some of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in a washer can defeat the point of the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to get your clothing items so that they are clean and fresh, but your unit isn’t cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem often happens in front-loading machines. To ensure no more smells in the future, leave the door open following washes so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep beverages cool, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of spoiling! In many cases, your refrigerator will not need professional repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it out from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you don’t see cooling improvement, it is time to hire a professional appliance repair service in North Carolina for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be certain your burner top is in place and correctly aligned. You might experience this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the reason is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner top and wipe away any loose dirt. You can also use a clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it is safest to not take a lighter apart for someone without training; in this case call a professional appliance repair company to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal could simply have to be reset rather than replaced. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the button on the disposal under the sink and press the button. If the switch will not stay in, wait ten minutes and press it again. Now, turn on the water and then press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with food and you only hear a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you might need to manually unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the clog. Then, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the tips above do not get the appliance working like normal, please don’t give in to the temptation to shove your hands down in the disposal to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in North Carolina.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches to protect people from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red “reset” switch to see if it restores juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a typical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back to the ON position. Please remember, safety by electricity is critical. Should you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer can produce quite a startling racket and isn’t a productive way to clean clothing. If yours is suddenly shaking around, the unit might be broken down. In order to fix this issue, turn the legs on the appliance to lower or lift all corners until it is balanced. One other likely scenario is that the washing machine is off balance. Open the top and rearrange the shirts and pants so that they are more dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Trying this should help the washing machine not have to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing a few times without luck, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loose drum or motor mount, which is easy for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to operate the washer when it has this issue could destroy some of the other pieces and lead to a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to solve your broken appliance, you can schedule service from Bull City Appliance Repair!


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