Easy Appliance Fixes

Nothing makes you feel more foolish that calling a repair man only to have him flip a switch, push a button, clean the lint out of your dryer and then hand you a $100 bill for something you could have done yourself.

Before you dial your phone, check out these easy, simple, and quick appliance fixes that you can do yourself.

Save money! Appliance repairs are not always complicated. Red about some simple fixes.
Save money! Appliance repairs are not always complicated. Read about some simple fixes.

Problem: Garbage disposer won’t spin.

Simple Repair Fix: If your garbage disposer won’t start, push the reset button located at the bottom of the disposer. All disposers have an overload feature that automatically shuts off the power when the motor becomes overloaded and gets too hot. Wait till the motor cools and push the reset button usually located on the side of or under the unit.

If the disposer hums, but doesn’t spin, it may have something stuck in it. Switch the disposer off, and try manually turning the blades with a disposer wrench or Allen wrench by turning a bottom bolt located on the bottom and outside of the disposer’s canister.

Problem: Your refrigerator is not cooling properly or stops cooling.

Simple Repair Fix: Check the coils for pet hair and debris buildup. The coils are the black tube-and-wire grid that cools the fluid in the compressor. Dirty coils will cause the compressor to overheat and trigger the overload switch. Your coils will be located in one of two places: open the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator to get to the coils or pull out your fridge to get to the coils on back. Use a coil cleaning brush to brush off the coils and a vacuum to clean.

Cleaning your refrigerator coils will also save you money by cooling more efficiently.

Problem: Your dishwasher is not getting your dishes clean.

Simple Repair Fix: Food and other debris get stuck in the dishwasher filter preventing water from getting to the spray arms. To clean your dishwasher filter, pull out the lower dishwasher rack and remove the filer cover located inside the bottom of your dishwasher. Remove debris off the screen (or use a wet vacuum if you have one). Test the float switch by sliding it up and down to make sure nothing is stuck to prevent it from working properly. If it sticks, clean it with water.

If you need dishwasher repair help, garbage disposal repair help, or refrigerator repair help, check out our online appliance repair section. Best of all, you can order appliance parts right off of the same site. APWagner has been in business since 1928, so you know it’s a name you can trust.

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