DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Moreno Valley for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances running smoothly with the help of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in your washing machine can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to wash your laundry items so they’re fresh and clean, but your machine will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem often happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate future smells, leave the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

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

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the kitchen wall before vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you do not see cooling improvement, it is best to call a professional appliance repair company in Moreno Valley for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner doesn’t light, look to be certain your burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You could experience this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, remove the burner top and wipe off any debris. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not resolve the problem, it is safest to not disassemble a lighter without the right training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has a different issue, your garbage disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit under the sink and press the button. If the button won’t stay in, just wait a few minutes and try again. Now, turn on the water and then turn the button on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled up with waste and you hear nothing but a humming sound instead of the grinding of waste, you might need to manually twist the blades with a hex key tool to remove the jam. Now, push in the reset switch to get the disposal running again. If the tips above fail to get the garbage disposal working like normal, please don’t give in to the temptation to stick your arms down in the disposal to solve the problem. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in Moreno Valley.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, your outlets must be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, press the red “reset” button to see if that will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a standard electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker has not tripped in your breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often create a obnoxious racket and isn’t a great way to get wash laundry. If your washing machine is suddenly knocking around, the washer could be in trouble. To fix this issue, rotate the legs on the washer to lower or lift all corners until it’s balanced. Another likely situation is the washer is not balanced. Crack open the top and move around the clothes so they’re more dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Doing this can help your washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you try to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loose drum or motor mount on your hands, which is easy for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to run the washing machine when it has this problem could damage some of the other components and cause a worse repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these tips fix your problems, you will want to schedule an appointment from Moreno Valley Appliance Repair!


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