DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to call an appliance repair in Longmont for assistance, you might be able to keep your household appliances in good condition with the help of some of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in your washer can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so they are fresh and clean, but the appliance is not cooperating, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to get rid of the unpleasant odor. This issue commonly happens in front-loading washing machines. To prevent future odors, prop the door open following washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep liquids cold, and the food on the inside might also be on the verge of rotting! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; instead it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it out from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you cannot notice cooling improvement, it is a good idea to reach out to a professional appliance repair company in Longmont.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, check to make sure the burner top is on tight and properly aligned. You might experience this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the source is likely to be a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, remove the burner top and clear away any particles. You can use a metal clothes pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that does not fix the problem, it’s smart to not disassemble a lighter for anyone without the right training; call on a professional appliance repair service to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is clogged, overheats, is left on for too long, or has a different problem, the garbage disposal might simply need to be reset rather than repaired. Be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the reset button on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the switch will not stay in, wait a few minutes and attempt it again. Turn on the water and press the switch on.

If the garbage disposal is filled up with food and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound rather than food grinding, you might need to turn the blades with a hex key to eliminate the clog. Then, press the reset switch to get the disposal working again. If the previous tips fail to get things working like it is supposed to, do not give in to the temptation to push your hands down into the disposal to solve the issue. Be safe and arrange service with a professional appliance company in Longmont.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a kitchen or bathroom, your outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities in order to protect people against harm in wet rooms. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, push in the red “reset” switch to see if it will restore power.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re trying a typical outlet, be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your breaker box. If you’re not sure if a circuit breaker was tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back to the ON position. Remember, safety near electricity is a must. If you have concerns, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce quite a loud banging and isn’t a ideal process to clean clothes. If your washer is abruptly knocking around, the appliance might be broken down. In order to fix this problem, rotate the legs of the unit to lift or lower each of the corners until it’s level. One other likely situation is the unit is not leveled. Lift open the lid and arrange the clothing items so that they’re evenly dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Doing this should help the washer to not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to rearrange the clothes once or twice to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You might have a loose motor or drum mount to deal with, which is easy enough for a professional repairman to fix. But if you continue to run the washing machine when it has this issue might ruin other components and cause a more significant repair over time.

Call for Help

If none of these tips can solve your issues, it is time to schedule an appointment from Longmont Appliance Repair!


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