DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Lawrence for assistance, you can keep your appliances running correctly with the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant smell in your washer defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your laundry items so that they are clean and fresh, but the unit won’t cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to get rid of the smell. This problem often happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate future odors, prop the door open after cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food on the inside could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In many cases, your refrigerator will not need professional repair; interior might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you don’t notice cooling improvement, it’s best to call a professional appliance repair company in Lawrence.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, check to make sure the burner top is in place and properly aligned. You might possibly experience this if you have recently had a boil over or spill on the stove top.

If that’s not the case, the source is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner top and clear off any debris. You can also use a clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is smart to not take a lighter apart for anyone without right training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets clogged, overheats, is left on for too long, or has some other problem, your disposal might simply need to be reset rather than fixed. First, please make sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, wait a few minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you could need to unwind the blades with a hex key tool to clear the clog. Next, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above don’t get the appliance working like normal, please do not give in to the urge to push your arms down into the disposal to investigate. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance service in Lawrence.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, your outlets must be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, press the red switch to see if that will restore power.

If not, or if you’re trying on a typical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Please remember, safety around electricity is a must. If you have any concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often produce a startling banging and isn’t a good method to clean clothing. If your washer starts shaking, the appliance may be broken down. To repair this problem, rotate the legs on the washer to lower or lift all corners until it’s level. One other possible situation is that the washer is not leveled. Crack open the top and arrange the clothes so that they are evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this could help the washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the clothing once or twice without luck, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loosened drum or motor mount on your hands, which is easy for a professional to repair. But continuing to use the washing machine with this problem might break some of the other parts and lead to a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes can solve your problems, you can schedule service from Legacy Lawrence Appliance Repair!


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