DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair El Monte for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances running smoothly with a lot of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul smell in a washer can defeat the entire point of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so that they’re fresh and clean, but the appliance isn’t cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant smell. This problem often occurs in front-loading washing machines. To prevent smells in the future, prop the door open after washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep liquids cool, and the food on the inside might also be close to becoming spoiled! In several cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of repair; instead it might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and move it out from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice immediate cooling improvement, it is time to reach out to a professional appliance repair technician in El Monte for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner will not light, check to make sure your burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You may also experience this if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the stovetop.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a dirty igniter. To clean , take off the burner top and wipe away any debris. You can use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the problem, it’s wise not to disassemble a lighter for someone without the proper training; enlist a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has another issue, the disposal may simply have to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the reset button on the disposal under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the disposal is clogged with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you could need to turn the disposal blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Next, press the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If these tips fail to get the appliance working like it is supposed to, don’t give in to the urge to push one of your hands down in the system to investigate. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance service in El Monte.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets should be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, push in the red reset switch to see if that will restore juice.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s breaker box. If you are not sure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. But remember, safety by wiring is a must. If you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will create a loud banging and isn’t a ideal method to clean clothing. If your washing machine starts banging around, the washer could be broken. In order to fix this issue, turn the legs on the washing machine to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s balanced. Another likely case is the washing machine is not leveled. Open the lid and move around the clothing items so that they are more dispersed inside of the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help the washer to not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothes a couple of times without success, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loose drum or motor mount to fix, which should be easy enough for a professional to fix. But if you continue to operate your washing machine when it has this problem might damage other pieces and cause a more significant repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes can fix your broken appliance, you can schedule an appointment from Elite El Monte Appliance Repair!


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