DIY Appliance Repair Tips

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul odor in a washing machine can defeat the purpose of the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your laundry items so they’re clean and fresh, but your washing machine isn’t cooperating, run an empty cycle in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future smells, leave the door open between cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm refrigerator is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep drinks cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it might also be in danger of going rotten! In most cases, your refrigerator won’t be in need of repair; instead the inside could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it far from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it is best to call a professional appliance repair technician in New Brunswick for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to be sure the burner cap is on tight and correctly aligned. You could possibly experience this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

If that is not the case, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, remove the burner cap and clear away any loose particles. You can use a pin to pick dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is wise not to disassemble a lighter without the proper training; call on a professional appliance repairman to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different issue, the garbage disposal could simply need to be reset instead of repaired. First, make sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal unit beneath the sink and then press the switch. If the switch does not stay in, wait a few minutes and try again. Turn on the water and press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with debris and you the only sound you hear is a humming noise and not the grinding of food, you might need to manually turn the disposal blades with a hex key tool to remove the clog. Now, press the reset button to get the garbage disposal working again. If the tips above do not get it working like it is supposed to, please do not give in to the temptation to stick your arms down in the blades to investigate. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance service in New Brunswick.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI switches in order to protect from harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, press the red reset button to see if that restores juice.

If not, or if you’re trying a basic electrical outlet, make certain that a breaker has not tripped in your circuit breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker is tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety around wiring is a must. If you have concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer will often produce a loud banging and is not a good process to wash clothes. If your washing machine is abruptly knocking around, the washer could be in trouble. To fix this issue, turn the legs on the unit to lower or lift each of the corners until it is level. One other possible situation is that the washer is off balance. Lift open the top and move around the shirts and pants so they are more dispersed within the drum of the washer.

Doing this should help the washer to not need to work quite as hard. If you do attempt to arrange the laundry a few times to no avail, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loosened motor or drum mount to deal with, which should be easy for a professional to repair. But continuing to operate your washing machine when it has this problem might damage some of the other components and lead to a worse repair over time.

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If these tips solve your issues, you can schedule service from Enhance New Brunswick Appliance Repair!

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