Managing Your Home Appliances – Parts and Repair

Service calls to appliance repair professionals are common during high peak periods of summer heat and winter cold. When air heaters and air conditioning units get overloaded with energy requirements, and they’ve not been properly maintained, appliance breakdowns can occur.

dryer-hoseBut before you place that call to your appliance parts repair technician, you can learn about making repairs on your own. Check our short list for common areas to check on household appliances. With the right insights, and the right appliance parts, you can save yourself time and money.

Washer – Dryer

If your washing machine is not draining water, clean the drain filter and make sure the valve filters and water hose are clean. This allows the washing machine to get hot and cold water.  when you see water staying in the drum and not draining out. Make sure the water hose and valve filters are clean, so that the machine gets adequate hot and cold water. Use a light load of clothes to half-drum capacity. Be cautious to not overload your washer.

For dryers, much of the problems are caused by heavy loads and infrequent cleaning of dryer vents. Avoid overloading the machine. If the clothes are not drying fully, seek out a repair professional to see if your heating valves need to be replaced.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers can clog up if the filters are not cleaned. If water pressure is an issue, check if the valve is turned to on and the drain hose is connected properly. Using a white vinegar rinse through an empty dishwasher will help to clean out any blockages.

Refrigerator

Dust on refrigerator coils can often be the cause for breakdowns. If you keep your back coils clean, you’re halfway toward great refrigerator maintenance. After vacuuming the back, use a distance of about 3 inches from the back of the wall. If the ice is thick in the freezer, defrost your whole refrigerator. Remove frozen foods, turn off the power.

Oven Stoves

When gas stoves don’t light, you might need to check the electric ignition. Is it wet from a cooking spill? The electric ignition may not work right if moisture is on it. If your controlled flame doesn’t light when you click burner, you may have a plugged gas line. Try to clean them without producing a larger gas hole. Try using toothpicks, or even an old toothbrush to unplug the line and let the gas flow through freely. If that doesn’t work, seek a professional appliance repair firm.

One last checkpoint: Many of today’s electric appliances have units that are computer controlled. If they become stuck, try to reset your appliance. Disengage it from power for a few minutes, then plug it back in. The computer control units should reset. Double check the display numbers on your home appliance.

If your appliances do not respond to your homeowner tactics, and you need appliance replacement parts, visit Appliance Parts Company to search for all your appliance parts needs.

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