Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems

Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems | from The Family Handyman

Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems
At least a quarter of all appliance repair calls are resolved with no-brainer solutions like pushing a button or flipping a circuit breaker. Learn what to look for and how to avoid these expensive lessons.


    Disposer

    Hit the reset button
    If the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, look for a GFCI.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_01.JPG” title=”Hit the reset button”>If the circuit breaker hasn't tripped, look for a GFCI.
    Clogged coils
    Clean the coils if your refrigerator isn’t cooling or conks out” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_06.JPG” title=”Clogged coils”>Clogged coils
    Clean the igniter
    If the burner won’t light, try cleaning the igniter.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_07.JPG” title=”Clean the igniter”>If the burner won't light, try cleaning the igniter.
    Burner prong problem
    Spread the burner prongs a little to create a better electrical connection.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_09.JPG” title=”Burner prong problem”>Burner prong problem
    Pilot light hole
    Try cleaning the pilot hole, then relight.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_10.JPG” title=”Pilot light hole”>Try cleaning the pilot hole, then relight.
    Programming snafu
    Oven won’t heat? Check the clock and the timer setting. It doesn’t always do what you think you told it to do.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_11.JPG” title=”Programming snafu”>Programming snafu
    Level the front
    Quiet a noisy washer by leveling it.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_12.JPG” title=”Level the front”>Quiet a noisy washer by leveling it.
    Wrong setting?
    Before calling the repairman, check the dryer settings—just in case. ” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_14.JPG” title=”Wrong setting?”>Wrong setting?
    Check the fuses
    If your AC won’t come on, the thermostat may be saying no. ” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_16.JPG” title=”Check the fuses”>If your AC won't come on, the thermostat may be saying no.
    Clean out debris
    Clean the filter and float switch if the dishes don’t come out clean.” href=”http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Step-By-Step/FH06NOV_APPPRO_18.JPG” title=”Clean out debris”>Clean out debris