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How To Repair Your Household Appliances

Household appliances sometimes can cause some trouble and It’s always great to be prepared when they break down unless you can reset them. Rolling up the sleeves and using your own fixing hands can prove to be cost-effective and time-saving while hiring a professional can be quite costly.

If you have a passion for fixing things and want to arm yourself with DIY reparation knowledge, we prepared a list that will aid your tasks. Read on and extend the life of your household appliances.

Equip yourself

First things first, you are going to need tools. Most of the time, household appliances break down due to wiring problems but to be sure of that, you are gonna need a multimeter. With a multimeter, you can easily check which wire or electrical component is not working.

If a toolbox is not in your possession, procuring one can save you a lot of trips to the local handyman store when the appliance decides to call it quits. A screwdriver and a hammer might not be enough for some more undertaking process of repairment. Equip yourself with nails, pliers, lock washers, rubber mallets, tape measure, utility saw, etc.

If you are using tools or machines that can potentially harm you and your health, it’s best to wear protective equipment – safety goggles, hearing protectors, etc.

Check the obvious

Before concluding that your appliance is done for good, make sure that it’s not a minor problem like the appliance not being powered properly or it is just not discharged like Vivint cameras. With the help of the multimeter whether the problem lies in the electrical outlet not powering the appliance or the appliance is not functioning despite being powered. Try to establish whether the appliance is making sounds, if so a part might have disconnected due to the lack of a lock washer that holds the bolts and screws from becoming loose and detaching from their mating assembly.

Nowadays, smart appliances display error codes. By searching the error code via the internet, you can find easy solutions so that you can troubleshoot the problems. Be sure to check for blown fuses tripped or circuit breakers at the main panel.

Be sure to check everything before focusing on the appliance itself, as sometimes the problem can lie in something else completely.

Safety first

Once the problem is located, it’s important to disconnect the appliance from the power supply before taking on the repair duties. Keeping the appliance off the power will ensure that no one gets hurt while reparations are being done. Find the manual of the appliance and go through it thoroughly. Appliance manuals include valuable information and sometimes even solutions for certain problems are provided.

Easy fixes for common appliance problems

Read below for quick and easy fixes for common appliance problems.

Air Conditioning

If you notice that something is a bit off with your central air conditioning, it’s time to troubleshoot. Most of the time, the main culprit of all AC-related problems are the air filters. Filters can get quite dirty and prevent the AC from functioning properly. Even if a lot of dust is not built up, filters should be changed every two to three months.

To replace the filter, first, turn off the AC unit. Open the vents where the old filter is located and remove them. Install the new filter and close the vent.

Leaking Fridge

The most common cause of a leaking fridge is a clogged defrost drain. To fix this, simply unplug the freezer and remove all the food along with the sliding drawers. Carefully remove the ice from the drain hole with a stiff wire. Get the basting syringe and fill it with warm water, force the warm water into the drain hole to remove the ice from the drain.

Gas Burner Won’t Light

The most common problem with gas burners comes from the clogged orifice. Remove the burner grate and start cleaning the burner cap with a wire brush. For the next step, get a flashlight and start looking for a brass hexagon with a hole in the middle. Use a paperclip to gently circle around so that you break up the clog. Make sure not to insert the paper clip inside the gas burner orifice, enlarging the hole will result in a bigger flame.

Now that the clog is dealt with, put the burner cap back and the burner grate in their initial positions and see whether the gas burner is functioning properly.

Final Thoughts

Fixing appliances on your own can be rewarding and cost-effective. If you are unsure about a certain problem or you do not know how to fix a concrete problem, it’s always better to hire a professional. We hope that some of our tips will help you keep all the major appliances working properly.

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