I’m not a big fan of D-I-Y appliance repairs. It’s almost always better and cheaper in the long run to have professional appliance repair experts fix your broken appliance. However, there are some “fixes” for appliances that you should be doing yourself.
If you call a repairman to fix a problem caused by faulty installation, lack of proper maintenance, or because you’re unfamiliar with how your appliance works; you will have to pay for a service call.
I’m going to level with you
Don’t call a repairman because your new washer is bouncing all over the place. There’s a good chance that your washing machine needs leveling. Review the installation instructions, make the necessary adjustments, and measure to make sure that the washer is level. If that still doesn’t work, another possibility is that you have an unbalanced load. If that is the case you may have to redistribute the clothes, and add or remove items to level out the load. Heavy and dense items mixed in with light clothes can contribute to an unbalanced load.
Not So Good Vibrations
Crazy vibrations can make noises that are unsettling. Repairmen have reported that they’ve been called for noisy refrigerators only to find out that vibration from an unbalanced pickle jar was the cause of the strange noise. It’s also not unusual that a new appliance may make sounds that are quite different from the familiar sounds of your old appliance. A repairman can’t fix that.
Get Plugged In
Your appliance just won’t start at all, or has suddenly quit and won’t restart:
- Is there a reset button on the appliance? If so, reset.
- Is there a reset button on the wall receptacle? If so, reset and make sure that there is power at the outlet.
- Check the fuse box and reset if necessary.
- Does the appliance have a clock or a programmable feature that controls its operation? If so, check to see that the appliance did not turn on or has turned off because of the timer or controls.
Yup, this is a common complaint. Here are my tips for fixing appliances that frankly…just stink.
If you have a front-load washing machine, the seal on the front door might be the culprit. Clean with a bleach solution to eliminate the odor.
If you have odor from the refrigerator, you need to search out the food that is not properly sealed or hidden from view and remove it. Some refrigerators have filters that need to be replaced periodically.
Your dishwasher may have more than one filter. You cleaned the big obvious filter, but didn’t know that there is also a filter basket that needs to be regularly removed and emptied.
Finally, if you have an older home, you could even have clogged, smelly pipes. They can keep your dishwasher from draining properly, and also prevent it from getting your dishes clean. I live in an older neighborhood and recently had to pay for to have a drain cleaning from my house out to the street.
Time to clean up
Dishes or clothes not getting clean. Is your water hot? Dishwashers have heaters, but require 120 degree incoming water. Sometimes if the water heater is in one corner of the house and the dishwasher in the other corner of the house, even with 140 degree water at the water heater, the water reaching the dishwasher is not hot enough. You may need to increase the temperature leaving the water heater or install a point of use heater near the dishwasher.
The running refrigerator
Refrigerator seems to run all the time. In the “old days” refrigerators had big, noisy compressors that clunked loudly when they turned on and off. They would run for a while, and then they’d just shut down completely. Today, while refrigerator compressors don’t bang on and off, they may seem to make a low hum all the time. The reason is that refrigerator compressors are much smaller and they are actually designed to run all the time, at a low speed to save the energy needed to turn on and ramp up. This keeps food at a consistent temperature and uses far less electricity than those old clunkers.
Let’s light it up!
If your range or cooktop has gas burners won’t light check to see that the ignitors are clean and properly sparking and that the gas ports are not clogged. You sure don’t want to pay for a service call just to clean the burners.
Some of this is just common sense, but you probably haven’t thought of all of these “fixes” for your appliances. If you NEED your appliances serviced, by all means call for service. But don’t call for repair when you need to perform maintenance or installation duties. Of course, for new appliances always call or visit the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.