DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Coral Gables for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances running correctly with the help of a lot of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul odor in your washing machine defeats the point of owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to get your clothing items so they’re fresh and clean, but your unit is not cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This problem often occurs in front-loading machines. To ensure no more odors in the future, leave the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep liquids cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of going rotten! In most cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of professional repair; the inside could just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it away from the wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you cannot see immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to contact an appliance repair service for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven continues to click and the burner won’t light, inspect to be sure the burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You may also notice this if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

If that is not the case, the reason is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, first remove the burner cap and clear off any debris. You can use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it is best to not disassemble a lighter unless you have the proper training; call a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, runs for too long, or has another problem, the garbage disposal might simply have to be reset rather than repaired. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, locate the switch on the disposal under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch doesn’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and press it again. Next, turn on the water and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal is filled with waste and you the only sound you hear is a humming sound and not food grinding, you might need to manually twist the blades with a hex key to remove the clog. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above fail to get the appliance working like it is supposed to, do not allow the temptation to stick your arms down in the disposal to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Coral Gables.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your outlets need to be equipped with GFCI switches to protect from harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, push in the red reset button to see if it will restore power.

If not, or if you are trying a typical electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in the home’s breaker panel. If you’re uncertain if a breaker has been tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often create a obnoxious banging and is not a good way to get wash laundry. If yours is abruptly knocking around, the unit may be broken. In order to fix this issue, rotate the legs on the washer to lower or lift each corner until it is level. Another likely situation is that the appliance is not balanced. Lift open the top and arrange the clothing items so that they’re dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this should help the washer not need to work quite as hard. If you do attempt to rearrange the clothes a few times without success, do not ignore the problem. You may have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which should be easy for a professional to fix. But continuing to run your washer when it has this issue could ruin some of the other components and cause a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your problems, you can schedule an appointment from E&L Coral Gables Appliance Repair!


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