15 APPLIANCE HACKS YOU CAN DO YOURSELF

Costs of repairing major home appliances can eat up your family budget. In these times, any amount saved for other family expenses is a wise move. You can learn how to fix minor issues, especially if you have the time, the right tools, and the interest to learn a new skill like fixing simple appliance issues. 

Here are 15 simple home appliance hacks I am sharing with you in case you are ready to learn the tricks yourself. For your safety, remember to unplug your appliance before any attempts to check and fix issues.

Stove top and Oven Issues

Faulty Heating Element

A faulty heating element may prevent your electric oven from heating. When you read the manual, you will see that the heating element looks like a coil. It is supposed to warm up your oven as it turns red hot. But a faulty one will fail to do this despite turning it on. Inspect the heating element for signs of damage. A damaged heating element will have blisters. Others will have breaks on the surface and snap easily. A handy socket wrench is good to have in the house whenever there’s a sudden need to replace a broken heating element. 

Malfunctioning Igniter

It is one of the reasons that comes to mind when your gas stove fails to heat up.  The igniter is supposed to bring a gas fire to light and eventually start your oven to heat up. So, when it turns faulty, the component will not do its job. Replacing a broken igniter is manageable for some homeowners.  But if you are new to repairs and it involves tinkering with a broken gas oven, it is best to let a professional handle it. Look for a technician from the Frisco appliance repair center and discuss the issue with him in detail. 

Oven Keeps Tripping

Sometimes, the unit causes tripping. It may not always be an external issue. To be sure, disconnect all other appliances that share the same circuit. Afterward, try to turn on your oven. Make sure to select and test at a low temperature. If you don’t see any tripping, it is not a fuse issue. Next, turn the oven temperature to high. When it trips, the heating element could be the problem.  Other components to check include fans, thermostats, and internal lamp. Ask the help of a technician if you don’t have experience with these parts. 

Dishwasher Issues

Buttons Do Not Work

Most problems with faulty buttons happen with touchpad-type control panels on dishwashers. The first thing to do is to test all touchpad buttons. If it turns out that some buttons work and some fail, the touchpad may have malfunctioned. Certain brands sell control panels and touchpads individually to consumers who wish to replace one or the other. But there are brands too that do not sell these two related components separately. In this case, there is no other option but to have the control panel replaced altogether. 

Fails To Drain

This issue is one of the most common problems encountered by homeowners. But do not panic. Check the connecting hose for possible air gaps, food particles, and other objects that may be blocking the water from flowing freely. Have you checked if you have a clogged dishwasher filter? A filter needs regular cleaning like most appliances built with filters. Another component that needs checking is the drain valve located within the valve bracket. Make sure it is turning freely. If not, it is malfunctioning and may need further diagnosis. 

Gives Off Foul Odor

You may be puzzled why your dishwasher gives off a bad odor. You expect it to smell as good as the detergent you are using. Besides, it is supposed to be clean and free from unpleasant odors. So, why does this happen? Sometimes, the dishwasher filter retains food particles that build up over time. It is especially true if it is not your habit to check it regularly. You can remedy this by first cleaning the interior of the dishwasher. Next, neutralize the odor with vinegar. Put some in small glassware and put it on the top-most rack of your unit. Make sure it is placed snugly before turning the dishwasher on and running a single cycle at the highest temperature allowable.

Dryer Issues 

Does Not Stop Running

Once the dryer starts running, the timer contacts receive a high flow of currents. This process may sometimes cause the timer contacts to get stuck. It will, in turn, cause the dryer to run continuously even after the panel displays that the unit has turned off. Unscrew the control panel and carefully detach the timer control dial. Be sure to label the wires. It is easier to reconnect it later. Bring the timer dial to the nearest appliance store when purchasing a replacement. 

Stops Spinning 

One possible cause for a dryer to suddenly stop spinning is a damaged drive belt. To check if this is the case, try to turn the drum. If you feel it turns without any resistance, you have a stretched out drive belt that may need replacement. Another possible reason could be a damaged drum roller.  Some dryers come with a pair of rollers at the back of the drum.  Others have it at the front side.  Check these rollers for signs of damage by taking off the belt. Once again, try to turn the drum. If it does not turn freely with the drum belt removed, you might have a broken roller.

Drying Time is Slow

Once you notice that your dryer takes more time than usual to turn out dry clothes, one cause points to a damaged venting hose. This component makes airflow possible. If the vent hose is blocked, there won’t be enough air passing it. It causes a slowdown in the drying process. Remove objects that impede airflow. 

Washing Machine Issues

Unusual Vibration

If you notice your washing machine is vibrating too much, you will want to take a look at the shock absorbers. As the term implies, these should work to lessen the vibrations coming from the tub. If any of these components are damaged, the vibrating sounds coming from the machine becomes too noticeable. Also, the shock absorbers could have moved accidentally. Check if this is the case and bring them back to their original position. 

Leaks On Rinse Mode

Some problems surface during the rinse mode. One of these is a leaking washer. While in this mode, water use is at its highest and so leaks have a higher chance of happening if one of the components has malfunctioned. The interior lines might have punctures too. It could also be a hole in the drain hose. Replacing the damaged drain hose could solve the problem.

Fails To Start

It can be frustrating to see a washer that won’t start even if the control panel reads that the power is on, signaling that the machine is ready to start. When this happens, try to look for the contact points located in the door latch. Get a cotton swab dabbed with rubbing alcohol. If this doesn’t solve the issue, proceed to diagnostic mode. It will help you find out if what you are experiencing is an electrical or a mechanical problem. 

Refrigerator Issues

 Freezes Food In Fridge Compartment

Your fridge should keep your food cold but not to a point when it starts to freeze at the ref compartment. Make sure the settings are anywhere in the range of 38 to 40 degrees. If it freezes despite the right settings, the door seals might not be working to your advantage. Seals should contain the cold air within the refrigerator and the freezer as well. If there’s a leak, it puts a strain on your fridge. It will react by continuously trying to maintain a cold temperature. It could lead to frozen food in the refrigerator. Replace it immediately. Otherwise, this could also raise electricity bills.

Water Collects Under the Fridge

One of the signs that you’re in need of refrigerator repair is when water starts to puddle up underneath. Leaks happen because of a defrost drain blocked with food particles and debris. It could lead to a buildup of ice. Sooner or later, leaks would become visible.  Flush out particles out of the hose with lukewarm water.  If the particles will not nudge, use a pipe cleaner to remove debris. 

Ice Maker Does Not Work

Check if the shut-off arm might be displaced. Some refrigerators come with a shut-off arm whose function is to discontinue making ice once the ice bin is loaded. But it won’t do this job when it is stuck. If your refrigerator comes with a bin sensor, check if it tripped because of a misaligned bin. The bin sensor may be covered with ice too. So let the ice melt away by flushing it with warm water.

Learning and mastering a DIY home appliance repair task is not an impossible feat. And it is easier if you have all the right tools on hand. However, it is also smart to let professionals handle the difficult, risky repair work. While it is advantageous to educate yourself about appliance repairs and save on repair costs, decide to call for a professional once you realize that the repairs you are doing now are turning out bad. Instead of getting stressed out, the best thing to do is stop, call for a technician, and let him take over where you left off.