DIY APPLIANCE REPAIR TIPS

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair in Hawthorne for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in your washer defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of trying to wash your laundry items so that they’re fresh and clean, but your appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant smell. This problem often happens in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future smells, crack the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside could also be on the verge of going rotten! In a lot of cases, your refrigerator might not need repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back panel of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug it and pull it far from the kitchen wall before wiping down the coils. If you don’t see immediate cooling improvement, it is time to contact a professional appliance repair service in Hawthorne for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas oven clicks and clicks and the burner doesn’t light, check to be certain your burner cap is on tight and correctly aligned. You could possibly notice this issue if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

If that’s not the case, the reason is most likely to be a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter, remove the burner top and wipe off any particles. You can use a metal pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the issue, it’s wise not to disassemble a lighter without the training; in this case call on a professional appliance repair service to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has a different issue, your garbage disposal may just need to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the button will not stay pushed in, wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Next, turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is clogged with waste and you only hear a humming sound rather than the grinding of food, you might need to unwind the disposal blades with a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If the previous tips fail to get the appliance working like it is supposed to, please do not allow the temptation to put your hands down into the disposal to troubleshoot. Be safe and schedule service with a professional appliance company in Hawthorne.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your outlets need to be installed with GFCI switches in order to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet isn’t providing power, push in the red reset switch to see if it will restore power.

If it does not, or if you’re trying on a standard outlet, make certain that a breaker has not been tripped in your home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker was tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety near wiring is a must. Should you have any concerns, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will create a loud racket and is not a great process to get clean clothing. If your washing machine is suddenly banging around, the washer might be in trouble. In order to repair this issue, rotate the legs on the appliance to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s straightened out. Another possible case is the washer is not leveled. Lift open the top and move around the clothes so they’re evenly dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Doing this can help the washer to not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to arrange the clothing a couple of times without success, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which is easy enough for a professional to repair. But if you continue to operate the washing machine when it has this issue might damage some of the other components and cause a more significant repair in the future.

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If these suggestions are able to solve your issues, you can schedule service from Choice Hawthorne Appliance Repair!

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