DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Thornton for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances running properly with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant smell in a washer defeats the point of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothing items so they are clean and fresh, but the appliance isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This issue frequently occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent future odors, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be on the verge of going rotten! In many cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of professional repair; instead the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and move it away from the kitchen wall before vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you don’t notice cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to call a professional appliance repair service in Thornton.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner doesn’t light, check to be certain your burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You may experience this if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the source is likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner top and dust off any particles. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it is best not to take a lighter apart unless you have the training; hire a professional appliance repairman to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it is clogged, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has another problem, the disposal could just need to be reset rather than fixed. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the button will not stay pushed in, wait ten minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the disposal in the sink is clogged with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming noise instead of the grinding of waste, you could need to twist the disposal blades using a hex key tool to clear the jam. Next, press the reset switch to get the disposal working again. If the tips above are unable to get the garbage disposal working like it should, don’t succumb to the urge to shove one of your hands down in the system to figure things out. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in Thornton.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, press the red “reset” switch to see if that will restore juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a standard electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your home’s breaker box. If you’re unsure if a breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. Please remember, safety around electricity is a must. If you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce quite a loud banging and is not a great process to clean clothes. If your washer starts knocking around, the unit could be broken. To fix this problem, rotate the legs on the appliance to lower or lift all corners until it is straightened out. One other likely situation is the washing machine is not balanced. Lift open the lid and arrange the clothing items so that they are dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Doing this will help your washing machine not need to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the laundry a few times to no avail, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loose motor or drum mount to deal with, which is easy enough for a professional to fix. But if you continue to use the washing machine when it has this issue might break some of the other pieces and cause a more costly repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions can solve your broken appliance, you will want to schedule an appointment from Triumph Thornton Appliance Repair!

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