In the kitchen or the garage, when an appliance breaks down, costs for repair can get outlandish. Repair for the average electrical appliance can put a $2000 dent in your bank account.
There's a secret to the common appliance malfunction. Do-it-yourself repair.
Performance is the sole design for appliances. But when they stop working, figuring how to fix them can be an intimidating experience.
Most major appliances have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Minor breaks between need nothing more than tools you have lying around in the garage. Break out the toolbox.
If overspending on appliance repair has exhausted your budget, read on. Find out here how to do common appliance repair around the house.
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Washing Machine Filling Slow?
Let's face it. Washing machines do a lot of shady work. So they're bound to have a bad day. And it's inevitable for some parts to throw in the towel.
But don't reach for the phone or your purse. More than likely, you can handle the fix.
One of the most common issues with a washer is a slow-filling process. Normal fill time for any model washer takes a few minutes. But if your trusted Whirlpool begins taking an hour or longer to fill, check your inlet screen. You may have a simple clog.
- Shut down the power.
- Turn off the water supply.
- Disconnect the hoses.
- Using a pair of small-nosed pliers, pull out the inlet screen from the back of the washer. This is a small piece. So be gentle and careful not to crush the screen with too much force.
Clean the inlet with a little warm water and cleanser, then put it back. If small particles become stubborn, use the tip of a utility knife to pluck them away.
Garbage Disposal Appliance Repair
A common complaint with garbage disposals is the smell of something burnt fuming from it. This isn't a cause for alarm or indication of a dying motor.
The fix is as simple as inspecting the inside.
Sometimes large chunks of food get caught up in the grinder, causing the motor to overheat. Turn the power off and commence inspection.
Look down the sink opening for protruding debris that you can manually remove. Every model comes with a special tool that looks similar to a wrench. Place it through the disposal opening and try rotating the grinding plates.
If you don't have the original part, use an alternative long object to do the same. Rotating the plates will free up any lodged pieces of food or objects. Turn the power back on. Run the disposal, using the warm water faucet to flush the disposal out.
That should take care of the burning odor.
If you have a refrigerator that won't stop running, don't call the appliance shop. The problem may be simpler than you think.
You may have a clogged drain tube or a tilted fridge.
Refrigerators have water pans underneath them where water evaporates. If the fridge isn't leveled, water may leak and run out from the appliance. Unplug the fridge and pull it out. Level it and put it back.
To stop a water leak from a plugged drain tube, unplug the refrigerator and detach the cover panel.
Wait for the ice to melt or use a hand dryer to melt away the buildup. Mop up the mess and wipe down and around the drain hole. Using a small straw, blow out plugged debris or ice from the tube.
Put everything back together and quickly plug the refrigerator back in.
Appliance repair shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. Most common issues with household instruments require little to nothing to fix.
Access the situation to examine the level of difficulty. And before you call on the repairman, try some of these fixes.
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