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Troubleshooting Some Common Appliance Problems
Some appliance issues can be resolved on your own. In many instances, the resolutions are simple enough to do yourself. Are you experiencing one of the common appliance problems listed here?
1. Washing Machine Smells Bad
If your washing machine has a bad smell it can defeat the purpose of the appliance! If you're trying to get your clothes clean but your machine isn't doing the job, try this... Run a cycle on the hot water setting with 2 cups of white vinegar and a 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drum. This is often all you need to remove the smell.
Front-loading washers experience this issue frequently since they tend to hold moisture more than previous versions. To prevent holding moisture, leave the door open between washes and allow it to air and dry out.
2. Refrigerator Not Cool
A not-so-cool fridge is not a good sign. This environment can spoil food and spoil a cool drink! This common refrigerator problem has a few possible causes. Often your refrigerator coils on the back of the unit need a good cleaning. To do this, unplug the unit and pull it away from the wall and give the coils a thorough vacuuming. If you don’t notice immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to Prairieville Appliance Repair for refrigerator repair services.
3. Clicking Igniter on Gas Stove
If the igniter on your gas stove clicks without lighting the burner, check the burner cap to make sure it's in place and properly aligned. If the cap is aligned, the source is likely a dirty igniter—a very common stove problem. To clean, remove the burner cap and wipe away any debris. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, do not to take a stove lighter apart without proper training. Contact Prairieville Appliance Repair to investigate.
4. Garbage Disposal is Unresponsive
Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection: an overload trip. If your disposal gets clogged, jammed, your disposal may simply need to be reset rather than repaired. First, make sure the power switch is OFF. Then locate the Reset button on the disposal unit under the sink, and press it to reset. This reset works just like a GFCI wall outlet. If the button does not stay in, wait ten minutes and try again. This reset is the most common cause of a disposal being unresponsive.
If resetting your disposal doesn’t work and you hear a humming sound when you try to use it, you may need to manually turn the blades with a hex key to clear the jam. Then press the Reset button to get back to work. If these tips don’t get things working like normal, do not reach your hand down the drain to investigate. Be safe and schedule an appointment with Prairieville Appliance Repair!
5. No Power at an Outlet
In the kitchen or bathroom, which can be wet environments, your outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches to protect you and the outlet against harm. If a GFCI outlet isn't providing power to your appliances, press the red Reset button to see if that restores power. If not, make sure that a breaker hasn't been tripped in your breaker box. If you're unsure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back to the ON position.
6. Washing Machine is Wobbling
A wobbling washing machine can produce quite a startling racket and isn't a great way to get clean clothes. If yours is suddenly banging around, the machine may be out of plumb (i.e., not level). To level the washing machine, turn the legs of the washing machine to lift or lower each corner until it's straightened out. Another likely scenario is that the washer drum is off balance. Open the lid and rearrange the clothes so they’re more evenly dispersed within the drum. If this common appliance problem persists, don’t ignore it.
If you continue to run the machine could damage it further! Your washer probably has a loose drum or motor mount, which can be resolved with quick professional washing machine repair.