DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to call for appliance repair in Jacksonville for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the help of some of the tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

The presence of a bad odor in a washer defeats the entire reason for owning the appliance! If you are trying to wash your clothes so they’re clean and fresh, but the machine will not cooperate, run an cycle without clothes/laundry in hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to remove the unpleasant odor. This issue often occurs in front-loading washing machines. To ensure no more smells in the future, prop the door open after cycles to let it dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A semi-cool refrigerator in the kitchen is never a good sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool, and the food inside could also be close to going rotten! In some cases, your refrigerator might not require professional repair; interior might just need to be cleaned. Or the coils on the rear of the unit are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall prior to cleaning the coils. If you do not see instant cooling improvement, it’s best to reach out to a professional appliance repair service or troubleshooting.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to be certain your burner top is on tight and correctly aligned. You may experience this problem if you’ve recently had a boil over or liquid spill on your stove top.

If that is not the case, the reason is probably a dirty igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first take off the burner top and dust away any particles. You can also use a pin to pick debris from the grooves. If that does not resolve the issue, it’s smart to not disassemble a lighter unless you have proper training; hire a professional appliance repair service to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal comes with self-protection in the form of an overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, is left on for too much time, or has some other issue, the disposal may just need to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the switch is turned OFF. Then, find the button on the disposal beneath the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the button will not stay in, just wait 10 minutes and try again. Next, turn on the water from the faucet and turn the switch on.

If the disposal in the sink is filled with waste and you the only thing you hear is a humming sound instead of the grinding of food, you might need to turn the blades with a hex key to eliminate the clog. Next, push in the reset switch to get the garbage disposal running again. If these tips don’t get the appliance working like it should, do not succumb to the urge to shove one of your hands down into the system to solve the problem. Be smart and arrange service with a professional appliance service.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s kitchen or bathroom, the electrical outlets should be equipped with GFCI capabilities in order to protect homeowners from harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet is not providing power, push in the red reset switch to see if it restores juice.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a basic electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker has not tripped in the circuit breaker panel. If you’re not sure if a breaker is tripped, switch it to the OFF position and back to the ON position. Just remember, safety by electrical outlets is a must. Should you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A wobbling washer will often create a startling racket and isn’t a great method to wash laundry. If your washer starts banging, the appliance may be in trouble. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs on the unit to lift or lower each corner until it is level. One other likely scenario is that the appliance is not leveled. Crack open the top and move around the clothes so that they’re more evenly dispersed in the drum of the appliance.

Trying this will help the washer to not need to work quite as hard. If you do try to move around the clothing once or twice without success, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount to repair, which can be easy enough for a professional to fix. But if you continue to run the washing machine with this problem could destroy some of the other components and lead to a more significant repair later.

Call for Help

If none of these suggestions solve your broken appliance, it is time to schedule service from Swift Appliance Repair!


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