How to Fix Common Household Appliances

It’s a given that household appliances will stop working. That’s why you should be prepared. Below are some easy fixes for your most common appliance problems.

If you’ve got a leaky fridge, a rattling dryer, a barely cooling HVAC, a stove that no longer sizzles or a clogged dishwasher, we’ve got you covered. And if your problem is bigger than a simple fix, a home warranty like those offered by American Home Shield can take care of the rest.

Leaking Fridges

If water is leaking on the inside of the fridge, it could be a few different things. The self-defrosting drain system or the freezer drain may be clogged.

Fix a leaking fridge

Step 1: To fix a leaking fridge, start by unplugging the refrigerator. Find out where the defrosted water is drained and remove the drainage pan.

Step 2: Next, remove the cover panel, locate the drainage tube or channel and feed it into a bucket to catch melted water.

Step 3: Then remove the upper portion of the drain tube. Using a hair dryer, you can defrost the tube and remove any clogs caused by ice or, if there’s a physical blockage, use air or a snake to work the clog out of the pipe.

Keeping Your Dryer Quiet

There are a couple of easy fixes here. The problem may be as simple as lightening the load of laundry or figuring out if the dryer isn’t sitting on a level surface. Persistent rattling or clicking noises may mean that a button or loose change is caught in the dryer bins or vents.

Cleaning a Clothes Dryer Vent

Cleaning the dryer vent is a more involved process that involves detaching the vent tubing and vacuuming the debris out. Find step-by-step instructions on how to clean your clothes dryer vent.

Central Air Conditioning Cooling

Test Your AC Unit:

Is the thermostat set to cool with the switch either on Auto or On?
Is the temperature on the thermostat lower than the ambient temperature of the room?
Check the air filters & replace if necessary
Dirty Air Filters

Simply put, a dirty air filter prevents the flow of cool air into your house.

Clean Air Filters

A fresh air filter means cool air can flow unrestricted into your house. A clean air filter also serves an important preventative function: It keeps dust from working its way into sensitive parts of your HVAC unit. So replace your air filter if it’s dirty. Doing so will make sure that your HVAC not only runs well but for many years to come. You also will reap the benefits of cleaner air in your home.

Dishwasher Appliance Fixes

Clogged Food in Dishwasher

Ground zero for diswasher draining issues is the food filter. If it’s clogged, water won’t be able to reach the spray arms, meaning the dishes in the top rack won’t get cleaned. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. Pull out the lower rack, remove the filter cover and use a waterproof vacuum cleaner, like a shop vacuum to clean off the filter screen. It’s also worth checking the float switch and making sure it isn’t clogged either. After all, a jammed switch means no water. Give it a jiggle and you should be good to go.

Gas & Electric Stove Fixes

Feel the burn again with these solutions for a broken stove.

For electric stoves, pull the heating coil out from its socket, plug it in and wiggle it around. If the coil feels loose, remove it once again and gently bend the burner prongs outwards to create a tighter connection.

For gas stoves, the problem usually lies with an igniter that’s been obstructed by food. On a gas stove, the igniter looks like a ceramic nub. Clean off any food stuck to it with a toothbrush. Also, check that the seal strike plate is seated correctly on the burner.

Eventually, any major home appliance will run into problems you can’t fix on your own. That’s why you have a home warranty. But there are any number of smaller, easy to fix problems that can be handled without the help of a repair man. Usually, all it takes is a second look and some friendly advice of the sort we’ve just gone through.

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