Tips to tackle common appliances problems

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Home appliances are one’s best friends, but when they break down, it disturbs your daily life routine, making it dreadful and aggravating. It is seen that there are tonnes of repair requests by consumers are received by companies about their kitchen appliances breakdown. Not all problems are so complicated that you need assistance from a professional; some of them you can handle just by following simple repair tips by experts. Here are some of the most common appliance’s problem that you can take yourself without calling a technical person, thus saving a large chunk of your money on the repair:

Clogged Coils Of Refrigerator

There is nothing like sipping a cool beverage in hot summer to calm you down. But what if you suddenly found that your refrigerator is not chilling. Check the coil of the fridge to see if it is clogged. If you have pets, the chances are that their hairs are stuck in it, clogging up the coil. The clogged up coil causes the compressor to overheat and stops the machine abruptly. You can clean the ring by first locating it and cleaning it with either a vacuum cleaner or a paintbrush. Coils are placed either on the back of the fridge or at the bottom. Based on its location, unplug the appliance and shift it away from the wall to clean it properly. Clean the dust from the coil regularly for better efficiency and to enjoy cool beverages every summer.

Washing Machine Making Racket Noise

Have you ever experienced washing machines making horrible noise during the spin cycle? This may be due to the displacement of the washing machine legs. Try checking each leg and fix it by rotating them to lift or lower each corner until its position is aligned correctly. Expectantly, it will adjust, and wobbliness in the machine will be stopped. The other reason for this clamoring sound could be the uneven distribution of clothes in the dryer bin. Remove all the clothes and place them one by one without piling them on top of each other. Even distribution of clothes in the dryer will remove the rattling of the machine. You don’t need to call a professional for a wobbly washing machine.

Dishwasher Is Not Heating Up

For cleaning oil and greasy utensils, a dishwasher needs to have a hot water supply. To confirm whether it is the hot water supply issue, you can connect the hot water faucet with it and check how long it takes to supply hot water to it. This can be because of the clogged filter, which is located on the floor of the dishwasher. You can check if it is clogged with leftover food and clean the screen of its filter with high-pressure water. If it still not receives the hot water, the chances are that it has a faulty heating element that needs to be replaced. The element heats the appliance and maintains a temperature between 40°C and 65°C to clean the utensils properly. Failing to maintain this temperature can leave the dishes dirty with greasy deposits.

Although replacing the heating element is a challenging task and not recommended for DIY, there are other things you can check at your level to troubleshoot the issue. You can check the thermostat for extra power load with the help of a multimeter and test the resistance level of a heating element. Check the readings to see if it falls in the desired range. Usually, the appliance repair and troubleshooting guide mention the range of thermostat, but if it is not said there, you can get a free appliance repair manual from many websites.

Gas Stove Is Not Getting Ignited

Due to clogged pores of the burner or sometimes due to displaced burner cap, the gas stove does not get ignited even after multiple clicks of the lighter. To check the issues, you can take a metal pin and start unclogging the burner’s holes. Clean the debris from most of the holes and try igniting it again. If it still not lights up, see if you have spilled any liquid on it. If yes, try removing the burner and dry it out. Place it back and ignite again. If the problem persists, you can call a professional for help because it is dangerous to resolve further issues if you are not trained.


Every appliance comes with a guideline and common problems that can occur if the guidelines are not followed. A quarter of the machines are reparable at home without the help of a professional. It requires no technical knowledge to fix the small problems of the appliance quickly. Try and learn how to fix the problem at your end by calling for professional help who charge a hefty amount per visit and for repair.

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