DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair in Boise for help, you should be able to keep your appliances running like new with the help of a lot of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a foul smell in your washing machine defeats the point of owning the appliance! If you’re trying to wash your laundry items so they’re clean and fresh, but the appliance won’t cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to eliminate the odor. This issue often occurs in front-loading washers. To ensure no more future smells, leave the door open after washes so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A lukewarm refrigerator in the kitchen is not a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cold or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be close to rotting! In some cases, your refrigerator will not need repair; instead the inside could just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the back panel of the refrigerator need cleaning.

Unplug the appliance and pull it far from the kitchen wall before wiping down the coils. If you cannot see cooling improvement, it’s best to call a professional appliance repair company in Boise for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas-powered stove clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, inspect to make sure the burner top is on tight and correctly aligned. You could experience this issue if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the stove top.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , remove the burner lid and dust off any loose particles. You can also use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves. If that doesn’t repair the problem, it’s wise to not disassemble a lighter unless you have right training; call on a professional appliance repairman to determine the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it is filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has another issue, the disposal may simply have to be reset instead of replaced. Be sure the power switch is OFF. Then, find the reset switch on the disposal unit beneath the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch does not stay in, wait ten minutes and then press it again. Turn on the water and then turn the switch on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled with food and you the only sound you hear is a humming noise instead of the grinding of food, you may need to unwind the blades using a hex key tool to remove the clog. Then, press the reset button to get the disposal running again. If the tips above do not get the disposal working like it is supposed to, don’t give in to the temptation to push one of your hands down into the blades to figure things out. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance company in Boise.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the kitchen or bathroom, your electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not generating power, push the red switch to see if that restores juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying on a basic outlet, make sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in your home’s breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a breaker was tripped, switch it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Just remember, safety near electrical outlets is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washing machine will produce quite a obnoxious banging and is not a great process to get wash clothes. If your washer is abruptly knocking, the appliance could be in trouble. To repair this problem, rotate the legs of the appliance to lower or lift each corner until it is straightened out. Another possible case is that the washing machine is off balance. Open the top and arrange the clothes so they are evenly dispersed inside of the drum of the washing machine.

Trying this can help the washing machine not have to work quite as hard. If you try to rearrange the clothing once or twice without success, do not ignore the issue. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to fix, which can be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to run your washing machine when it has this problem might destroy some of the other parts and lead to a worse repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes can solve your broken appliance, you will want to schedule an appointment from EZ Boise Appliance Repair!


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