DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair Spokane for assistance, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad smell in a washer can defeat the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your clothes so that they are clean and fresh, but your washing machine will not cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washers. To prevent future smells, crack the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep beverages cold, and the food inside could also be close to spoiling! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t need repair; the inside could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it far from the wall prior to vacuuming the refrigerator coils. If you can’t notice instant cooling improvement, it’s time to contact a professional appliance repair technician in Spokane for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner won’t light, check to make sure the burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You may also experience this issue if you have recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter, take off the burner lid and dust away any loose particles. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the problem, it is smart to not disassemble a lighter unless you have the right training; hire a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different issue, your garbage disposal might simply need to be reset rather than replaced. You should be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, locate the button on the disposal beneath the sink and then press the button. If the button does not stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and try again. Next, turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the disposal is clogged with waste and you the only noise you hear is a humming noise rather than the grinding of waste, you might need to unwind the disposal blades with a hex key to eliminate the clog. Then, push in the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If these tips do not get the disposal working like normal, please do not succumb to the urge to stick your hands down in the blades to solve the issue. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in Spokane.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, the outlets should be installed with GFCI switches to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red reset button to see if it restores juice.

If not, or if you are trying on a typical electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker has not been tripped in the breaker box. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, switch it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. If you have concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer can create quite a loud racket and is not a great method to clean clothing. If your washer starts shaking around, the appliance could be in trouble. To fix this issue, rotate the legs of the washer to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s level. Another possible situation is the unit is off balance. Lift open the lid and rearrange the clothes so they’re more evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this will help your washer to not have to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the laundry a couple of times without success, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loosened motor or drum mount to deal with, which is easy for a professional to repair. But continuing to run your washing machine when it has this issue might destroy some of the other parts and result in a more costly repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions can solve your problems, it’s time to schedule an appointment from Martin Appliance Repair!


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