DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair in San Bernardino for help, you can keep your household appliances in good condition with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in your washing machine defeats the entire point of owning the appliance! If you are trying to get your clothing items so they are clean and fresh, but the unit isn’t cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This problem commonly occurs in front-loading machines. To prevent odors in the future, leave the door open following cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep drinks cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In some cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; the inside might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it away from the wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you can’t see cooling improvement, it is a good idea to call a professional appliance repair technician in San Bernardino.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, inspect to be certain your burner top is tightened and correctly aligned. You might possibly notice this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the top of your stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, take off the burner cap and clear off any loose particles. You can use a metal clothes pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t fix the issue, it’s safest not to disassemble a lighter without proper training; call a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip. If it becomes clogged, overheats, grinds for too much time, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal may just need to be reset rather than replaced. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the reset button on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the switch doesn’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Now, turn on the water and turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound instead of food grinding, you may need to unwind the disposal blades using a hex key to clear the clog. Then, push in the reset button to get the disposal grinding again. If these tips don’t get things working like it is supposed to, don’t succumb to the urge to stick your arms down in the blades to figure things out. Be safe and set up service with a professional appliance company in San Bernardino.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets need to be equipped with GFCI switches to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, press the red switch to see if that restores juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a standard electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your breaker panel. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker was tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Remember, safety by wiring is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will create quite a obnoxious banging and is not a ideal method to get wash laundry. If yours is abruptly banging, the washer may be in trouble. To repair this problem, turn the legs of the machine to lower or lift all corners until it’s straightened out. One other likely case is that the appliance is not leveled. Crack open the lid and rearrange the clothes so that they are more dispersed within the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this will help the washer not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothing a few times without luck, do not ignore the issue. You might have a loosened motor or drum mount to repair, which should be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to operate the washer with this problem could ruin other pieces and result in a worse repair in the future.

Call for Help

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


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