DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair in Toledo for assistance, you can keep your household appliances in good condition with the help of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A gross odor in your washer defeats the entire point of owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to get your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant odor. This issue often happens in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future smells, crack the door open after washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of spoiling! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of professional repair; instead it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it far from the wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you can’t see instant cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Toledo for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner will not light, inspect to make sure your burner cap is tightened and correctly aligned. You might possibly notice this if you have recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first take off the burner lid and wipe off any debris. You can use a clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the problem, it’s wise to not disassemble a lighter unless you have the right training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has another problem, the disposal may just need to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button doesn’t stay pushed in, just wait ten minutes and then press it again. Turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with waste and you only hear a humming sound instead of waste grinding, you might need to manually unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to remove the clog. Now, push in the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If the previous tips fail to get the appliance working like it is supposed to, please don’t allow the urge to put your hands down in the blades to troubleshoot. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance service in Toledo.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the electrical outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push the red reset switch to see if it restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a typical electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker was tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. But remember, safety by electrical outlets is critical. If you have concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often produce a obnoxious banging and is not a great way to wash clothes. If yours is suddenly banging, the washing machine might be broken down. In order to fix this problem, rotate the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s balanced. One other likely case is the appliance is off balance. Crack open the lid and move around the clothes so that they are evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this could help your washer not have to work as hard. If you try to rearrange the laundry a few times to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You may have a loose drum or motor mount to repair, which should be easy for a professional technician to repair. But continuing to use the washer with this issue could break some of the other pieces and cause a bigger repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions are able to solve your problems, you will want to schedule an appointment from Total Toledo Appliance Repair!


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