DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair in Seattle for help, you can keep your household appliances running correctly with the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in a washer can defeat the reason for the appliance! If you’re attempting to get your laundry items so they are fresh and clean, but your washing machine isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to get rid of the smell. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, prop the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep liquids cool, and the food inside might also be in danger of spoiling! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit require cleaning.

Unplug it and drag it far from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you do not see instant cooling improvement, it is best to contact a professional appliance repair company in Seattle.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered stove continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to make sure your burner cap is tightened and properly aligned. You could also experience this if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the source is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first take off the burner top and wipe off any particles. You can also use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it is wise to not disassemble a lighter for someone without the training; call on a professional appliance repairman to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has another issue, the disposal may just have to be reset instead of repaired. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, locate the button on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch will not stay in, wait 10 minutes and then try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled up with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound and not waste grinding, you might need to manually turn the blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If these tips are unable to get things working like it should, do not give in to the urge to put your hands down into the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance repairman in Seattle.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your outlets must be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, push in the red “reset” switch to see if that restores juice.

If not, or if you are trying a basic outlet, make certain that a breaker has not tripped in the home’s circuit breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. If you have any doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create quite a startling racket and is not a great way to wash clothing. If your washer starts shaking, the appliance may be broken down. In order to repair this issue, rotate the legs of the machine to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. One other possible situation is the appliance is off balance. Lift open the top and rearrange the shirts and pants so they are more dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Doing this will help the washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing once or twice without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loose motor or drum mount to deal with, which can be easy enough for a professional to repair. But continuing to use the washing machine with this problem could damage some of the other parts and cause a more costly repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these tips are able to solve your broken appliance, you can schedule an appointment from Jet City Appliance Repair!


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