DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you hire an appliance repair in Baton Rouge for help, you can keep your appliances running smoothly with the troubleshooting tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a gross odor in a washing machine defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you’re in the process of attempting to wash your clothes so they are clean and fresh, but your machine will not cooperate, run an empty cycle in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This issue frequently happens in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate future odors, leave the door open between washes to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator will not keep drinks cold, and the food inside might also be in danger of rotting! In several cases, your refrigerator will not be in need of professional repair; instead interior might just need to be cleaned out. Or the coils on the rear of the unit need cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and drag it away from the kitchen wall before wiping down the refrigerator coils. If you cannot notice immediate cooling improvement, it is time to call a professional appliance repair technician in Baton Rouge for troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner does not light, look to be sure the burner cap is in place and properly aligned. You might also experience this issue if you have had a recent boil over or liquid spill on the top of the stove.

If that is not the case, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean , first take off the burner lid and wipe away any particles. You can also use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, it is smart not to take a lighter apart unless you have the proper training; call on a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal has self-protection in the form of an overload trip. If it gets clogged, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has a different issue, the disposal might simply need to be reset instead of fixed. First, please make sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, locate the reset switch on the disposal beneath the sink and press the button. If the button does not stay in, just wait a few minutes and then press it again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and then press the button on.

If the garbage disposal is clogged with debris and you hear nothing but a humming noise rather than the grinding of food, you could need to manually turn the disposal blades using a hex key tool to eliminate the clog. Then, press the reset button to get the disposal working again. If the tips above fail to get the garbage disposal working like it is supposed to, please don’t allow the temptation to stick one of your arms down in the disposal to investigate. Be safe and schedule an appointment with a professional appliance repairman in Baton Rouge.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, the outlets need to be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect people against harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet is not providing power, push the red button to see if that restores juice.

If not, or if you are trying on a typical electrical outlet, make sure that a breaker has not been tripped in your home’s circuit breaker panel. If you’re unsure if a circuit breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. But remember, safety by wiring is a must. If you have any concerns, call a professional repairman.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will produce a obnoxious banging and isn’t a good way to get clean clothes. If your washer starts shaking, the appliance may be broken down. In order to fix this issue, turn the legs of the washing machine to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. Another likely situation is that the washer is not leveled. Lift open the top and rearrange the clothes so that they’re evenly dispersed within the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this can help the washing machine to not have to work quite as hard. If you do try to arrange the laundry a few times without success, don’t ignore the issue. You might have a loose motor or drum mount on your hands, which is easy for a professional technician to fix. But if you continue to use the washing machine when it has this issue could destroy other parts and result in a more significant repair down the road.

Call for Help

If these quick fixes are able to solve your issues, it is time to schedule an appointment from True Baton Rouge Appliance Repair!


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