DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you get the itch to hire an appliance repair in Yakima for help, you might be able to keep your household appliances in good shape with the troubleshooting tips in this post.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A unpleasant odor in a washing machine defeats the reason for owning the appliance! If you are in the process of trying to wash your clothes so they’re fresh and clean, but the machine won’t cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar and half of a cup of baking soda to remove the odor. This problem frequently occurs in front-loading washing machines. To eliminate smells in the future, prop the door open after cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge in the kitchen is never a welcome sign. A warm refrigerator won’t keep beverages cool or refreshing, and the food inside of it could also be on the verge of becoming spoiled! In many cases, your refrigerator won’t need professional repair; it might just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the rear of the appliance are overdue for cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the kitchen wall before cleaning the coils. If you can’t see immediate cooling improvement, it’s best to contact a professional appliance repair service in Yakima for a diagnosis.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on a gas-powered oven clicks nonstop and the burner doesn’t light, inspect to make certain the burner lid is tightened and correctly aligned. You could notice this issue if you’ve had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

If that is not the case, the reason is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas stove, first remove the burner cap and clear away any debris. You can use a pin to scrape debris from the grooves. If that does not eliminate the issue, it is wise not to disassemble a lighter for someone without the right training; enlist a professional appliance repair service to diagnose the issue.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal comes with self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it becomes filled up, overheats, grinds for too long, or has some other problem, the disposal might just have to be reset instead of fixed. You should be sure the power switch is turned OFF. Then, find the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and press the switch. If the switch does not stay in, wait a few minutes and then try again. Next, turn on the water and then turn the switch on.

If the disposal is filled with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise instead of food grinding, you may need to manually twist the disposal blades with a hex key to remove the clog. Now, press the reset switch to get the disposal grinding again. If these tips do not get the appliance working like it is supposed to, don’t give in to the urge to shove one of your arms down into the system to troubleshoot. Be smart and set up service with a professional appliance repairman in Yakima.

5. No Power from Outlet

In a home’s bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets should be installed with GFCI capabilities to protect homeowners against harm in wet areas. If a GFCI electrical outlet isn’t providing power, push the red “reset” button to see if that restores power.

If not, or if you are trying on a basic outlet, be sure that a breaker hasn’t been tripped in the home’s circuit breaker box. If you’re not sure if a breaker has been tripped, flip it so it is in the OFF position and then flip it back into the ON position. Please remember, safety around electricity is a must. Should you have any doubts, call a professional.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will produce a loud racket and isn’t a productive process to wash clothes. If your washing machine is abruptly banging around, the washing machine could be in trouble. In order to fix this issue, rotate the legs of the washer to lift or lower all corners until it’s level. Another possible scenario is that the unit is off balance. Lift open the top and arrange the clothes so they are evenly dispersed within the drum of the appliance.

Trying this can help the washing machine to not need to work as hard. If you do try to rearrange the clothing a few times to no avail, do not ignore the problem. You could have a loosened drum or motor mount, which should be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to operate your washing machine when it has this issue might break other components and cause a worse repair down the road.

Call for Help

If none of these quick fixes fix your issues, it’s time to schedule service from Five Star Yakima Appliance Repair!


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