Uh-oh! You have a broken household appliance and don’t have any idea what to do. Don’t panic – you don’t need to be an experienced plumber or electrician to fix appliances in your home.
In fact, there are some common household appliance problems that you can fix in a matter of minutes if you have the right tools and information. And speaking of information, this guide is the perfect place to start!
Keep reading for a quick introduction to home appliance repair.
1. Refridgerator Temperature
Have you noticed that your fridge isn’t getting quite as cold as it used to? This ranks among the most common home appliance problems and it’s a serious issue of food safety – so act immediately. There’s one quick solution you can try right away – cleaning the coils.
Over time, coils may collect dirt and dust which can reduce cooling capacity. Unplug the fridge, move it away from the wall, and dust the coils with a vacuum. Plug the fridge back in and wait to see if the temperature returns.
2. Oven Ignition Issues
Trouble regulating the temperature of your oven? Or notice that your baked goods are coming out half-baked? You may have an issue with your oven ignition.
You can try a full deep clean of the oven first. If that doesn’t work, check out this advice on what to do when you have oven ignition issues. If your appliance repairs don’t seem to fix the issue, consider calling a professional.
3. Smelly Washing Machine
What if your washing machine is smelling less than fresh these days? Here’s what you can do – pour 2 cups of white vinegar and half a cup of baking soda into the washing machine. Run a quick hot water cycle and leave the lid open for at least an hour to fully dry out.
You can regularly leave the washer lid open in between cycles to prevent moisture from sticking around and causing unpleasant smells. This will also reduce the risk of mold growth around the washer.
4. Broken Garbage Disposal
Is your garbage disposal clogged or not running at all? First, check under the sink and make sure it’s plugged in! Next, make sure that the disposal switch is off and try resetting the disposal.
There is usually a small button located on the underside of the garbage disposal under the sink. You can press and hold the reset button for a few seconds to reset the system. Wait about a minute and then try the disposal again.
If the problem persists you can try a second reset or call in a professional plumber to snake the drain and remove any potential blockages. Do not put your hand inside the disposal!
Home Appliance Repair Issues – Solved
Try these home appliance repair solutions before calling in the experts. You’d be surprised how much troubleshooting you can do on your own!
However, if you have a plumbing or electrical emergency, it’s best to contact a professional right away. Remember that your safety is the most important thing!
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