DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Truth is … Every appliance problem doesn’t demand the attention of a professional technician. According to Shirley Harrison, owner of Choice Hawthorne Appliance Repair, “In many situations, the repairs are easy enough for homeowners to do independently in only a couple of minutes.

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

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a unpleasant odor in a washing machine defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to get your laundry items so that they are clean and fresh, but your unit is not cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant odor. This problem frequently happens in front-loading washers. To eliminate future smells, crack the door open in between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature refrigerator in the kitchen is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cool, and the food inside could also be close to spoiling! In several cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; the inside might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the back of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it far from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the refrigerator coils. If you do not notice instant cooling improvement, it is time to contact a professional appliance repair service in Hawthorne.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas stove clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to make certain your burner top is on tight and correctly aligned. You could also notice this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or spill on your stove top.

If that’s not the case, the cause is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, take off the burner top and wipe away any debris. You can also use a metal pin to pick debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it is smart not to take a lighter apart for anyone without proper training; in this case hire a professional appliance repair company to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, runs for too long, or has some other issue, your disposal could simply need to be reset instead of fixed. Be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, find the button on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and then press the switch. If the switch doesn’t stay in, just wait 10 minutes and press it again. Turn on the water and turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the kitchen sink is clogged with debris and you only hear a humming noise and not food grinding, you could need to unwind the disposal blades with a hex key tool to elminate the clog. Now, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above don’t get the garbage disposal working like normal, don’t succumb tothe temptation to put your hands down in the disposal to figure things out. Be smart and schedule service with a professional appliance repairman in Hawthorne, CA.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, the electrical outlets must be installed with GFCI switches to protect against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, press the red “reset” button to see if it restores juice. If not, or if you’re trying a standard outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your home’s breaker panel. If you are uncertain if a circuit breaker has been tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back into the ON position. But remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. Should you have concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer {can|will often create quite a startling racket and is not a great way to get wash clothing. If yours is abruptly banging, the machine may be broken. In order to repair this issue, rotate the legs on the machine to lift or lower all corners until it’s balanced. Another likely situation is the washing machine is not balanced. Lift open the top and move around the shirts and pants so they’re evenly dispersed in the drum

Choice Hawthorne Appliance Repair
4546 W 130th St #7 Hawthorne, CA 90250