Appliance Repair Tips

We’ve provided many appliance repair tips and troubleshooting guides below because in some cases, your household appliance can be fixed with just a little knowledge on your part.

Refrigerator Repair Tips

If your refrigerator is not running or is not cold enough:

  • Turn the refrigerator’s temperature control up to the next highest setting. If the refrigerator comes on, let it run for 24 hours and check the refrigerator’s temperature to confirm it is working properly.
  • Clear/remove anything blocking the air flow around the outside of the refrigerator (on top, underneath, behind, beside, in front of, etc.). Allow 3″ of clearance all the way around.
  • If there are condenser coils on the rear of the refrigerator, make sure it iis several inches from the wall and that nothing is on top or at the rear, blocking the heat from coming off the coils.
  • If the condenser coils are underneath the refrigerator, clean the coils with a vacuum cleaner thoroughly at least twice a year.
  • Refrigerator coils located underneath the refrigerator should be cleaned annually.
  • Refrigerators that constantly run can indicate improper functioning due to low refrigerant level, a dirty condenser coil, a malfunctioning seal, or improper air flow.

If the refrigerator door is sticking or not closing properly:

  • Wipe off the face of the gasket with a wet rag and make sure the interior shelves, drawers and food are not preventing the door from closing from the inside.

Stove Repair Tips

If your electric stove burners are not heating:

  • Make sure the stove’s burners are sitting straight in their proper positions.

If your electric oven is not heating:

  • Make sure the oven’s clock is set on manual cycle and not the automatic time bake cycle.

If your gas stove top burners are not lighting:

  • Wipe off the burner with a hot, damp rag and then dry completely.

If your gas oven is not heating:

  • Make sure the oven’s clock is set on the manual and not the automatic cycle.
  • Raise up the top of the oven and check to make sure the area is clean and free of grease build-up.

Dishwasher Repair Tips

If your dishwasher is leaving your dishes dirty:

  • Make sure the water supplied to your dishwasher  is hot enough. It should be at least 140 degrees, which is hot enough to burn you – VERY HOT! If it is not hot enough, turn the hot water heater thermostat up to a higher setting.
  • Make sure the dishwasher’s lower spray arm is unobstructed and turning freely.
  • Make sure the bottom inside the dishwasher is clean and free of debris.
  • Make sure you are following the proper loading procedures for your dishwasher.
  • Use the proper amount of dishwasher detergent and make sure the detergent is fresh (check expiration or “best if used by” date.)
  • Mold may grow in your dishwasher if you use it infrequently. The mold can be removed by using the normal dishwasher detergent and running the dishwasher, preferably without any dishes.

If your dishwasher’s door isn’t closing:

  • Make sure the dishwasher latch assembly is unrestricted and latching properly.
  • Make sure nothing is blocking the door from opening and closing properly.

If your dishwasher is leaking:

  • Make sure you are following the proper dishwasher loading procedures according to the owner’s manual.
  • Be careful to use the proper type and amount of dishwashing detergent.
  • Run the unit through a complete wash cycle while empty. If the dishwasher doesn’t leak, it’s probably a loading problem.
  • Make sure the racks are positioned properly within the dishwasher.
  • Make sure the door is unrestricted around the opening.

Washer Repair Tips

If your washing machine is unresponsive:

  • Make sure the washing machine lid is closed properly.
  • Make sure the timer and all of the controls are set properly.
  • Make sure both water faucets attached to the washer are turned on.
  • Review your owner’s manual for proper washing machine loading procedures.
  • Never overload the washing machine.

Dryer Repair Tips

If your dryer leaves your clothes wet:

  • Make sure the dryer is not pushed back against the rear exhaust duct. This can cause an airflow restriction.
  • Make sure the clothes are coming out of the washer spun damp dry. If the washer is not spinning the clothes damp dry, the dryer will not dry the clothes in a normal amount of time.

If your clothes are pilling in your dryer:

  • Turn your clothes inside out and use the delicate dryer cycle.

To help your dryer run more efficiently:

  • Clean the dryer filter before each load increases the efficiency of the machine

Garbage Disposal Repair Tips

If your garbage disposal is jammed or makes a humming sound:

  • Turn the garbage disposal unit off. After turning the unit off, remove anything that has fallen into the grinding chamber.
  • Turn the garbage disposal off. After turning the unit is off, insert an “unjamming” tool (if originally supplied with your unit) into the bottom and turn clockwise. Once the tool turns freely, remove whatever was causing the jam.

If your garbage disposal is dead:

  • Press the red reset button located on the bottom of the disposal.

Freezer Repair Tips

If the your freezer’s temperature is running hot:

  • Check the frost buildup on the inside of the freezer. If it is heavily frosted, manually defrost the freezer by turning it off at the thermostat. Unplug from the wall and allow 12 hours for the unit to defrost, with both doors open.

To maintain a healthy freezer:

  • Defrost the freezer once a year or as often as needed. Follow the proper defrosting methods.
  • Do not use a knife, pick, hammer, chisel, screwdriver, etc. or any sharp object to remove frost from your freezer.

Microwave Repair Tips

  • Always use microwave-safe dishes.
  • Do not use aluminum foil or anything with metal on it unless your microwave specifically allows it. Check your microwave owner’s manual.
  • Wipe the microwave door’s seal off with a wet rag and dry it thoroughly as often as needed.
  • Do not twist, bend, or slam the microwave door in any way.