DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to call an appliance repair in Torrance for help, you might be able to keep your appliances in good shape with some of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in a washing machine can defeat the purpose of the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to wash your clothes so they’re clean and fresh, but the machine will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This issue commonly happens in front-loading machines. To ensure no more smells in the future, prop the door open in between washes so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool fridge is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it might also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In most cases, your refrigerator might not be in need of professional repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug it and move it far from the kitchen wall before cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you can’t see instant cooling improvement, it’s time to contact a professional appliance repair service in Torrance.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, check to be certain your burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You might notice this issue if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the reason is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, first remove the burner lid and clear away any loose dirt. You can use a pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s best to not take a lighter apart for anyone without training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair company to diagnose the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal includes self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it becomes clogged, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another issue, your garbage disposal could simply need to be reset instead of repaired. You should be sure the switch is OFF. Then, find the reset switch on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the switch will not stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Now, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled with debris and you the only noise you hear is a humming noise instead of the grinding of food, you could need to turn the blades with a hex key tool to clear the jam. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal running again. If these tips fail to get the disposal working like it is supposed to, please do not succumb to the urge to put one of your arms down in the disposal to figure things out. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance service in Torrance.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the outlets should be installed with GFCI switches to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t generating power, push in the red reset button to see if that will restore power.

If not, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s breaker box. If you are not sure if a breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Please remember, safety by wiring is critical. Should you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create quite a loud racket and isn’t a good method to clean laundry. If your washer starts banging, the washing machine might be broken down. In order to repair this problem, rotate the legs of the unit to lift or lower all corners until it is straightened out. One other likely scenario is the washer is not balanced. Lift open the lid and arrange the clothing items so they’re more dispersed inside of the drum of the washer.

Trying this could help your washer not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the clothes a couple of times without success, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which is easy for a professional repairman to fix. But continuing to operate the washer when it has this issue might break other parts and cause a bigger repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions are able to fix your problems, you will want to schedule an appointment from Griffin Appliance Repair!


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