DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair in Jersey City for assistance, you should be able to keep your appliances in good condition with the help of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul smell in your washing machine defeats the entire point of the appliance! If you are attempting to get your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but the machine isn’t cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This problem commonly occurs in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future odors, leave the door open after washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge in the kitchen is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside of it could also be close to spoiling! In most cases, your refrigerator might not need professional repair; it could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it out from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is a good idea to hire a professional appliance repair service in Jersey City for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove continues to click and the burner will not light, inspect to be sure the burner lid is in place and correctly aligned. You might also experience this problem if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , take off the burner lid and wipe off any loose particles. You can use a pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that does not resolve the issue, it is best to not disassemble a lighter without training; hire a professional appliance repairman to investigate the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, runs for too long, or has a different issue, the disposal may just have to be reset rather than replaced. First, make sure the switch is OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the button won’t stay pushed in, just wait a few minutes and then try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the switch on.

If the disposal is clogged with waste and you only hear a humming sound and not the grinding of waste, you could need to twist the blades using a hex key tool to remove the clog. Next, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If the previous tips fail to get things working like it should, please do not give in to the urge to shove your hands down into the blades to figure things out. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance service in Jersey City.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, your outlets need to be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, press the red switch to see if that restores power.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a standard outlet, make sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your home’s breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Just remember, safety around electricity is critical. Should you have concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will often create quite a obnoxious banging and is not a productive method to clean laundry. If your washer starts shaking around, the washing machine could be broken down. In order to repair this issue, turn the legs on the washing machine to lift or lower each corner until it is balanced. Another likely situation is that the unit is not balanced. Lift open the top and move around the clothing items so they are dispersed in the drum of the washer.

Doing this can help your washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the clothes a few times without luck, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loose drum or motor mount, which should be easy enough for a professional to repair. But continuing to run the washing machine when it has this issue might ruin some of the other pieces and cause a more costly repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes solve your issues, you will want to schedule service from Duncan Appliance Repair!


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