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Some choose take matters into their own hands before engaging a professional to address appliance issues. For those more confident souls, some common appliance problems and possible resolutions are listed below.
Is it a slow drainer? It could be a clog. Remove the bolts holding the discharge pipe to the disposal unit, disconnect the drain trap, and check for blockage. All clear there? You may need a sink auger to remove the block that may be in the pipe that connects with the pipe behind the wall. One important note: liquid drain cleaners have toxic chemicals that can not only damage your disposal unit, they could potentially leave poisonous residue behind on and in the sink itself. It is recommended that, should the above methods prove unsuccessful, you call a professional to combat the issue versus attempting the Drain-o approach with your disposal unit.
Is your disposal unresponsive? First, take a look at for the reset button which is located on the bottom of the unit. You’ll know the unit was reset if the button has popped out. Solution: press the button. No luck? Check the home’s main circuit breaker. Still a no-go? It may be the disposal unit’s switch that’s faulty. Replace the switch but only after you’ve cut power to the unit. Safety first. If the result is still a disposal flat-line, it is now an appropriate time to call a professional.
While regular maintenance may not save you and your disposal from a possible malfunction somewhere in the life of the appliance, it will certainly help matters and keep your disposal’s life of grinding reach maximum potential.
Bubbly overflow/sudsy discharge? No need to call the doctor on this one. There’s a very plausible theory to ponder. Is it possible dish soap (the kind one uses when washing dishes by hand) was used instead of dishwasher detergent? Don’t worry, it happens often. Dish soap can cause overly sudsy water to spill from the dishwasher and could prove that user error trumps mechanical malfunction.
A leak (sans excessive suds) could also mean an issue with the door gaskets. Door gaskets are prone to tearing, shrinking and leaking. As we all know, age is a tricky thing. Inspect the gasket to ensure there are no breaks, excessive warps or unfortunate shrinkage. As one manual noted, “even if the gasket looks intact, the rubber might have hardened over time and not be providing a good seal anymore.”
Speaking of age, if your dryer is not level, it will cause key parts to age prematurely. Try running the dryer and then adding some weight to the top of the appliance. If it wobbles to and fro, you have a leveling issue which is an easy fix and an extension on the life of your dryer. Lint traps should also be kept as clean as possible.Use a soft bristle brush and some warm water to help that lint trap to feel shiny and new. Also good to know, residue from dryer sheets can build up on lint traps, causing them to clog.
Appliance Repair Companies
Always ask the company appliance repair company you are employing whether or not they service your specific appliance. While some companies service only the most commercial brands, others cater to specific or boutique brands. This might also mean that certain parts for certain manufacturers might be less readily available than others, so please temper expectations accordingly.