DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Great news! Every appliance problem does not need the attention of a professional appliance repairman. According to Chris Alsten, owner of Hometown Suffolk Appliance Repair, “In several instances, the fixes are easy enough for homeowners to do without help in just a few minutes.

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair service in Suffolk for assistance, you might be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in your washing machine defeats the entire point of the appliance! If you are attempting to wash your clothes so that they’re clean and fresh, but your machine 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 eliminate the unpleasant odor. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washers. To eliminate future odors, leave the door open in between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold, and the food inside could also be in danger of going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of professional repair; it could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back of the appliance need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it out from the wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you can’t notice immediate cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to hire a professional appliance repair technician in Suffolk .

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered stove clicks nonstop and the burner does not light, inspect to be sure the burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You might possibly experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner lid and wipe off any dirt. You can also use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the problem, it is wise not to take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair service to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has some other problem, your garbage disposal could simply need to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, find the reset button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the button won’t stay in, wait a few minutes and press it again. Next, turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled up with waste and you the only noise you hear is a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you may need to turn the disposal blades using a hex key tool to clear the clog.

Then, press the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the tips above are unable to get it working like normal, please don’t give in to the urge to push your arms down into the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Suffolk , VA.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the electrical outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red switch to see if it will restore juice. If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Remember, safety near electricity is a must. If you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine {can|will often produce quite a startling racket and is not a good method to clean clothes. If yours is suddenly knocking, the unit may be broken down. To repair this issue, rotate the legs of the unit to lift or lower all corners until it is level. One other likely scenario is the washer is not leveled. Lift open the lid and rearrange the clothes so that they’re more dispersed within the drum{| of the appliance.

Doing this can help your washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you try to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You might have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which can be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to use the washing machine with this problem could ruin some of the other parts and result in a more costly repair down the road.

Calling for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your issues, you can schedule service from a professional appliance repairman in Suffolk , VA.

Hometown Suffolk Appliance Repair
158 W Washington St #4 Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 656-1964