DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call an appliance repair in Dearborn for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances running correctly with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A foul odor in your washer defeats the purpose of owning the appliance! If you’re attempting to wash your clothing items so that they are fresh and clean, but your washer won’t cooperate, run an empty cycle in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the smell. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future odors, crack the door open between cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep drinks cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator will not need repair; instead interior could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and move it far from the wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you cannot see immediate cooling improvement, it is time to call a professional appliance repair service in Dearborn for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner will not light, inspect to be certain the burner cap is tightened and correctly aligned. You could possibly experience this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on your stove top.

If that’s not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, remove the burner cap and wipe off any dirt. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it’s best to not take a lighter apart unless you have the right training; in this case call a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, grinds for too long, or has a different problem, your garbage disposal may just have to be reset rather than replaced. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Next, locate the reset button on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the button. If the button won’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and then attempt it again. Turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with waste and you only hear a humming noise rather than waste grinding, you could need to manually unwind the blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the jam. Next, press the reset button to get the garbage disposal running again. If these tips don’t get it working like normal, please don’t allow the urge to shove one of your arms down into the system to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in Dearborn.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, the outlets must be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not generating power, push the red “reset” button to see if it will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a typical outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your home’s circuit breaker panel. If you are not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety around electrical outlets is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often produce a obnoxious banging and is not a productive method to get wash clothing. If your washing machine starts banging, the appliance could be broken down. To repair this issue, rotate the legs of the appliance to lower or lift all corners until it is straightened out. Another likely situation is that the washer is not balanced. Crack open the lid and move around the clothes so they are more evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this could help your washing machine not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the laundry once or twice without success, don’t ignore the problem. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount to deal with, which should be easy for a professional to fix. But continuing to operate your washer when it has this issue might damage other components and result in a more costly repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions are able to fix your problems, you can schedule service from Achieve Dearborn Appliance Repair!


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