DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you pick up the phone to hire an appliance repair for assistance, you might be able to keep your household appliances running like new with the help of the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A gross smell in a washer defeats the entire point of the appliance! If you are in the process of attempting to wash your clothes so that they are fresh and clean, but your washer isn’t cooperating, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in warm water and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda to eliminate the unpleasant smell. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future odors, leave the door open between cycles so it can dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A room-temperature fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cold, and the food inside of it could also be in danger of becoming spoiled! In many cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of repair; interior might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance require cleaning.

Unplug it and move it away from the wall before wiping down the coils. If you can’t see immediate cooling improvement, it is best to contact a professional appliance repair company in Arizona.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, look to be certain the burner lid is on tight and correctly aligned. You might also notice this if you have recently had a boil over or spill on your stovetop.

Otherwise, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, remove the burner cap and clear off any dirt. You can also use a metal pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that does not repair the problem, it is wise to not take a lighter apart for someone without the training; in this case call a professional appliance repair company to investigate the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A kitchen sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip. If it gets filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has another problem, the disposal might simply need to be reset rather than fixed. First, make sure the switch is OFF. Then, locate the switch on the disposal under the sink and then press the button. If the switch doesn’t stay in, just wait a few minutes and then attempt it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then turn the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the kitchen sink is filled up with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise instead of waste grinding, you may need to manually twist the disposal blades with a hex key tool to remove the clog. Then, push in the reset button to get the garbage disposal running again. If these tips don’t get the appliance working like normal, please don’t give in to the urge to put one of your arms down into the system to solve the problem. Be smart and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance service in Arizona.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets must be equipped with GFCI switches to protect homeowners against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, press the red button to see if that will restore juice.

If it doesn’t, or if you are trying a basic electrical outlet, be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your breaker box. If you’re uncertain if a circuit breaker was tripped, switch it so it is in the OFF position and back onto the ON position. Just remember, safety around electrical outlets is critical. Should you have any concerns, call a professional service.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washer can create quite a loud racket and isn’t a productive way to get clean clothes. If your washer is abruptly knocking around, the unit could be broken down. To repair this problem, rotate the legs of the machine to lift or lower all corners until it is balanced. Another likely situation is that the appliance is off balance. Lift open the lid and rearrange the clothing items so that they are dispersed within the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this can help the washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you try to move around the clothes once or twice without luck, don’t ignore the issue. You could have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which should be easy enough for a professional technician to fix. But continuing to use the washing machine with this issue might ruin other parts and result in a worse repair over time.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your problems, it is time to schedule service from Tru Appliance Repair!


Appliance Repair Cost
Appliance Safety
Emergency Appliance Repair
Repair or Replace Appliances
Refrigerator Parts