DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an Indianapolis appliance repair company for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances running properly with a lot of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross smell in a washer can defeat the reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to wash your clothing items so that they are clean and fresh, but your unit will not cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the smell. This issue often occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent future smells, prop the door open between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food inside could also be on the verge of rotting! In most cases, your refrigerator might not need professional repair; the inside could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it far from the wall before vacuuming the coils. If you don’t see cooling improvement, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair service in Evansville or Indianapolis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner won’t light, inspect to make sure your burner top is tightened and correctly aligned. You might notice this if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , first remove the burner cap and dust away any loose dirt. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, it’s best not to disassemble a lighter without training; in this case call a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has some other problem, your disposal may just have to be reset instead of fixed. First, make sure the switch is OFF. Next, locate the button on the disposal under the sink and then press the button. If the switch won’t stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and then try again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with waste and you only hear a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you might need to manually unwind the blades using a hex key to eliminate the jam. Then, push in the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the previous tips are unable to get things working like it should, please don’t allow the urge to stick one of your arms down in the system to investigate. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in Indianapolis.

5. No Power from Outlet

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

If not, or if you are trying a typical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Just remember, safety around wiring is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will produce quite a loud racket and is not a ideal method to wash clothes. If your washing machine starts shaking around, the appliance might be broken. In order to repair this issue, turn the legs of the washer to lower or lift each corner until it’s level. Another possible situation is that the washer is not balanced. Lift open the top and arrange the shirts and pants so they are evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Trying this can help the washing machine not need to work as hard. If you attempt to move around the clothes a couple of times without success, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loose motor or drum mount to fix, which can be easy for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to use your washing machine when it has this issue might damage other parts and result in a more costly repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes can fix your problems, it’s time to schedule service from Acclaim Appliance Repair!


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