DIY Appliance Repair Tips

DIY home projects are becoming more and more popular thanks to the internet and YouTube. But why trust those sources when you can find some answers to common appliance troubleshooting direct from a local service in Knoxville? Continue reading for expert DIY appliance repair tips from the pros at Foster Appliance Repair:

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in your washer can defeat the entire point of owning the appliance! If you are attempting to wash your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but the appliance will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem often occurs in front-loading machines. To eliminate future odors, prop the door open following washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge in the kitchen is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep drinks cool, and the food on the inside could also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; instead it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and move it away from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you don’t notice instant cooling improvement, it’s time to reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Knoxville for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, inspect to be certain the burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You may possibly experience this problem if you have recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the source is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean , first remove the burner top and wipe off any loose dirt. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t fix the issue, it is smart to not take a lighter apart unless you have right training; in this case enlist a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another issue, the disposal may just have to be reset instead of repaired. First, please make sure the power switch is OFF. Next, find the button on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the switch does not stay in, just wait 10 minutes and then try again. Next, turn on the water and press the button on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with waste and you hear nothing but a humming noise instead of food grinding, you could need to manually twist the blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Next, press the reset button to get the garbage disposal grinding again. If the previous tips don’t get the appliance working like normal, don’t give in to the urge to stick your hands down in the system to figure things out. Be smart and arrange an appointment with a professional appliance service in Knoxville.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a bathroom or kitchen, your outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, press the red reset button to see if that will restore power.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, be sure that a breaker has not tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker has been tripped, switch it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety near wiring is critical. Should you have doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer can create a startling banging and is not a good way to get clean clothing. If your washing machine is suddenly knocking around, the washer may be broken down. In order to fix this issue, turn the legs of the washing machine to lower or lift each of the corners until it is level. One other likely scenario is the appliance is not balanced. Open the lid and move around the clothing items so that they are evenly dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Doing this should help the washing machine to not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the laundry a couple of times to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount to deal with, which is easy for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to use your washer when it has this issue could destroy other pieces and cause a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your broken appliance, you will want to schedule service from Foster Appliance Repair!


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