DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you decide to call an appliance repair in Norfolk for help, you might be able to keep your appliances running like new with the help of some of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant odor in a washing machine defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your laundry items so that they’re clean and fresh, but your appliance won’t cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This issue frequently happens in front-loading machines. To prevent future odors, crack the door open in between washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator definitely won’t keep liquids cool or refreshing, and the food inside might also be close to going rotten! In most cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of professional repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and move it out from the kitchen wall prior to vacuuming the coils. If you do not notice immediate cooling improvement, it’s a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair service in Norfolk.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven continues to click and the burner will not light, check to make certain your burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You could notice this problem if you have recently had a boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the source is most likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, remove the burner top and wipe away any particles. You can also use a clothes pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that doesn’t eliminate the issue, it’s safest not to disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; call on a professional appliance repairman to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection with its own overload trip. If it is filled up, overheats, runs for too much time, or has another problem, your disposal might simply have to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button will not stay pushed in, wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with food and you the only noise you hear is a humming sound and not waste grinding, you could need to unwind the blades with a hex key to clear the jam. Now, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If these tips are unable to get it working like normal, please don’t allow the temptation to push one of your arms down in the system to figure things out. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in Norfolk.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, press the red “reset” switch to see if it will restore power.

If not, or if you’re trying a standard electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker is tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. But remember, safety around wiring is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will create a loud racket and is not a good way to get wash clothes. If your washing machine is suddenly shaking, the washer could be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs of the washer to lift or lower all corners until it’s straightened out. One other possible case is the appliance is off balance. Lift open the top and move around the clothing items so they’re more dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Doing this can help your washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you attempt to rearrange the clothing once or twice without luck, don’t ignore the problem. You could have a loose drum or motor mount, which is easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to operate the washer with this problem might damage some of the other pieces and lead to a more significant repair later.

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If these tips can solve your problems, you can schedule service from Noble Norfolk Appliance Repair!

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