DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair in Middletown for help, you can keep your household appliances in good shape with the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad smell in your washing machine can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you are attempting to get your clothing items so they are clean and fresh, but your washer isn’t cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant smell. This problem commonly occurs in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm fridge is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep drinks cool, and the food on the inside might also be close to going rotten! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it out from the wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it is time to call a professional appliance repair company in Middletown.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner won’t light, inspect to make certain the burner lid is tightened and properly aligned. You may also experience this if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on the stove top.

Otherwise, the source is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, take off the burner top and dust away any loose particles. You can also use a metal clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t fix the problem, it’s safest to not take a lighter apart without the right training; call a professional appliance repair service to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes clogged, overheats, is left on for too long, or has some other problem, the garbage disposal may simply have to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the button on the disposal under the sink and press the button. If the switch won’t stay in, just wait ten minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water and then press the button on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with debris and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound rather than food grinding, you might need to manually twist the disposal blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Next, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If these tips don’t get it working like normal, please do not give in to the temptation to stick one of your arms down into the blades to figure things out. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Middletown.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red reset button to see if it restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a typical electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker has not been tripped in the breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Remember, safety near electricity is critical. If you have any doubts, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create a obnoxious banging and is not a ideal way to get clean clothing. If your washing machine starts banging around, the unit might be broken. To repair this issue, turn the legs on the machine to lift or lower all corners until it is level. One other possible scenario is the appliance is not balanced. Open the top and rearrange the clothing items so they are evenly dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this could help the washing machine not need to work quite as hard. If you do attempt to rearrange the clothing a couple of times without success, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to deal with, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But continuing to operate the washing machine with this problem might break other parts and result in a more significant repair in the future.

Call for Help

If none of these tips are able to fix your problems, it’s time to schedule service from CRT Middletown Appliance Repair!

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