DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to hire an appliance repair in Encino for help, you should be able to keep your appliances in good condition with some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul odor in your washer can defeat the point of the appliance! If you are attempting to get your clothing items so that they’re fresh and clean, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washers. To prevent future smells, leave the door open following cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be close to going rotten! In many cases, your refrigerator will not need repair; the inside might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you don’t notice cooling improvement, it is a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair technician in Encino.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove continues to click and the burner does not light, inspect to make sure your burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You might possibly experience this problem if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

If that is not the case, the cause is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean , first take off the burner top and dust away any debris. You can also use a clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t fix the issue, it’s wise to not take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; hire a professional appliance repair service to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other problem, the disposal may just have to be reset rather than repaired. First, make sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the disposal is filled with debris and you only hear a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you may need to manually twist the blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Next, push in the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If these tips don’t get it working like it is supposed to, don’t succumb to the urge to put one of your arms down in the system to investigate. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in Encino.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, push the red “reset” button to see if it will restore juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your home’s breaker box. If you’re unsure if a breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. But remember, safety around wiring is a must. Should you have concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often produce quite a startling banging and is not a good way to clean laundry. If your washer is abruptly banging, the unit may be broken down. To fix this issue, rotate the legs on the machine to lift or lower each of the corners until it is balanced. One other likely situation is the washer is not balanced. Open the lid and move around the clothes so they’re more dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this should help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to move around the clothing a couple of times to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You might have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which is easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to use your washing machine when it has this issue might break other components and lead to a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes can fix your problems, you can schedule service from G&C Appliance Repair!

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