DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair in Joliet for help, you can keep your appliances in good shape with the help of some of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in a washer can defeat the purpose of the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so that they’re clean and fresh, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor. This issue frequently happens in front-loading machines. To eliminate smells in the future, crack the door open in between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

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

Unplug it and drag it far from the wall prior to wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you don’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair technician in Joliet.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to be certain your burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You might also experience this problem if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , first take off the burner top and clear off any loose particles. You can also use a clothes pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that does not repair the problem, it’s smart to not disassemble a lighter for anyone without training; call a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

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, grinds for too long, or has another problem, your garbage disposal could just have to be reset instead of repaired. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the reset button on the disposal under the sink and press the button. If the button does not stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is filled with food and you the only noise you hear is a humming sound rather than the grinding of waste, you might need to twist the blades using a hex key to clear the jam. Now, push in the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above don’t get the disposal working like it is supposed to, please do not succumb to the temptation to push one of your arms down into the blades to investigate. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in Joliet.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets should be installed with GFCI switches to protect from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, push the red reset switch to see if that will restore power.

If it does not, or if you’re trying a standard electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your breaker panel. If you’re uncertain if a breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety around electrical outlets is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will often create quite a startling racket and isn’t a ideal method to clean laundry. If your washer is abruptly shaking, the machine might be broken down. To repair this problem, turn the legs of the appliance to lower or lift each of the corners until it’s straightened out. Another possible scenario is that the washer is not leveled. Open the lid and move around the clothes so that they’re more dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Trying this should help your washing machine to not have to work as hard. If you do try to arrange the laundry once or twice without success, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loose motor or drum mount to fix, which should be easy for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to operate your washer when it has this issue could break other parts and lead to a bigger repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips can fix your problems, you can schedule service from Apex Joliet Appliance Repair!

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