DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair in Orem for assistance, you should be able to keep your appliances running smoothly with the help of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in a washing machine can defeat the reason for owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothes so that they are clean and fresh, but your unit will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This problem often occurs in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future smells, prop the door open between washes so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it might also be close to spoiling! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of professional repair; instead it might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it far from the wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you don’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to call a professional appliance repair company in Orem.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove continues to click and the burner will not light, check to make certain your burner lid is in place and correctly aligned. You may notice this problem if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the stove top.

If that’s not the case, the reason is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner lid and wipe off any loose particles. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the issue, it’s wise to not take a lighter apart without the proper training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another issue, your disposal might simply have to be reset rather than repaired. First, please make sure the power switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset switch on the disposal unit under the sink and then press the button. If the button won’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with debris and you only hear a humming noise and not waste grinding, you might need to unwind the disposal blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Now, push in the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the tips above fail to get the disposal working like normal, please do not succumb to the urge to put your hands down into the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance company in Orem.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, press the red “reset” button to see if it restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying a typical outlet, be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your home’s circuit breaker panel. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety near electricity is critical. If you have any doubts, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will often create a loud banging and isn’t a good method to get wash laundry. If your washing machine starts banging, the washer could be in trouble. To repair this issue, turn the legs on the washing machine to lift or lower each corner until it’s straightened out. Another possible situation is that the washing machine is off balance. Crack open the lid and move around the shirts and pants so they are more evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help the washing machine to not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to arrange the clothes once or twice without success, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which should be easy enough for a professional to repair. But continuing to run your washer with this problem could damage other components and lead to a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these tips fix your issues, it is time to schedule service from Orem Appliance Repair!


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