DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Wait! Before you call an appliance repair in Brentwood for help, you should be able to keep your household appliances running correctly with a lot of the tips below.

1. Smelly Washing Machine

A bad odor in your washing machine can defeat the entire reason for the appliance! If you are trying to get your clothes so that they are clean and fresh, but your washer will not cooperate, run an cycle with no clothes/laundry in hot water with two cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to get rid of the odor. This problem commonly happens in front-loading washers. To eliminate future odors, crack the door open between cycles so it will dry out.

2. Inefficient Refrigerant

A warm fridge is not a good sign. A warm refrigerator definitely will not keep liquids cool, and the food inside might also be in danger of rotting! In several cases, your refrigerator might not require repair; the inside could just need a cleaning. Or the coils on the back of the refrigerator are in need of cleaning.

Unplug the refrigerator and pull it far from the kitchen wall before wiping down the coils. If you can’t notice cooling improvement, it is time to contact a professional appliance repair service.

3. Clicking Igniter on Stove

If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks and the burner will not light, check to make certain your burner lid is on tight and properly aligned. You might also notice this issue if you have had a recent boil over or spill on the top of the stove.

Otherwise, the cause is probably a clogged igniter. To clean the igniter on a gas-powered stove, remove the burner lid and clear away any dirt. You can also use a pin to scrape dirt from the grooves of the igniter. If that doesn’t eliminate the problem, it’s safest to not take a lighter apart for someone without the proper training; call a professional appliance repair company to determine the problem.

4. Broken Garbage Disposal

A sink’s garbage disposal includes self-protection with its own overload trip switch. If it gets filled up, overheats, is left on for too long, or has some other issue, the garbage disposal may just have to be reset instead of repaired. You should be sure the switch is turned OFF. Next, find the switch on the disposal unit under the kitchen sink and then press the button. If the button will not stay in, wait 10 minutes and then press it again. Now, turn on the water and then press the button on.

If the garbage disposal in the sink is clogged with food and you hear nothing but a humming noise and not waste grinding, you might need to unwind the blades using a hex key to clear the clog. Then, press the reset switch to get the garbage disposal working again. If these tips are unable to get things working like it should, please don’t allow the temptation to put your hands down into the system to figure things out. Be smart and schedule service with a professional appliance repairman in Brentwood.

5. No Power from Outlet

In the bathroom or kitchen, your electrical outlets need to be equipped with GFCI capabilities to protect people from harm in wet environments. If a GFCI outlet isn’t generating power, press the red “reset” button to see if it restores power.

If it does not, or if you are trying on a typical electrical outlet, be certain that a breaker hasn’t tripped in your breaker box. If you are uncertain if a breaker is tripped, flip it to the OFF position and then flip it back onto the ON position. But remember, safety around wiring is critical. If you have doubts, call a professional technician.

6. Wobbling Washing Machine

A shaking washing machine will produce a obnoxious banging and isn’t a good way to get wash laundry. If yours starts shaking, the appliance might be broken. In order to repair this problem, turn the legs of the machine to lift or lower each corner until it’s straightened out. One other likely scenario is that the appliance is off balance. Crack open the top and rearrange the clothing items so they are dispersed in the drum of the washing machine.

Doing this can help the washer not have to work quite as hard. If you attempt to arrange the clothing a few times to no avail, do not ignore the issue. You may have a loosened motor or drum mount on your hands, which can be easy enough for a professional to fix. But continuing to use the washing machine with this issue could ruin other pieces and result in a worse repair in the future.

Call for Help

If these tips solve your issues, you can schedule an appointment from Brentwood Appliance Repair!


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