When it comes to your home appliances, most repairs are best left to the pros. But understanding and caring for your stove, fridge, washer, dryer will save you time, money, and aggravation eventually. Your manufacturer always is the best place to start, so check out the booklet that came with your product, or the manufacturer's website as your first step.
Here are some troubleshooting and maintenance tips for your convenience.
The most common refrigerator problems are: not cooling, too cold, leaks, noise, or issues with your ice/water dispenser. The possible fixes for your refrigerator issues are listed below.
Simple DIY maintenance can be as easy as a defrost, cleaning, checking power and thermostat settings and giving your refrigerator room against the wall. Other problems require professional expertise.
Fridge Not Cooling: Make sure your refrigerator has not been accidently unplugged and that the plug you are using is working properly. If it is getting power, double-check the thermostat settings. You can try turning the settings all the way up, and then all the way down before returning to the setting want. Listen for a click that indicates the thermostat is functioning. If none of those methods work, you may have a faulty thermostat.
A faulty thermostat affects your compressor, evaporator fan motor, and condenser fan motor, each of which is necessary to allow your refrigerators’ system to cool food properly.
Other culprits in refrigerator problems are dirty condenser coils that prevent the unit from cooling properly, or a malfunctioning condenser fan motor or evaporator fan motor.
You can check the coils yourself by sliding your unit away from the wall and cleaning the coils. Here’s a good how-to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qET3kktq3G4
Motors, however, are not something to DIY. Call Dylan to schedule an appointment before your food spoils!
Freezer not getting cold enough:
Thermostats and fan motors may be not working- definitely a job for the pros. You can check the door gaskets, seals and door hinges if you notice frost forming in your freezer. This is a relatively simple fix but you may not want to tackle it on your own.
Freezer is too cold:
Again, check the settings on your freezer thermostat. Also, there is also a damper that adjusts the amount of cold air in your freezer. Make sure it is not stuck open or closed. Otherwise, a pro can diagnose problems with control boards, or thermistors, the part that measures air temperature inside your refrigerator and communicates with the units’ control board.
Water on the floor around your refrigerator:
You could have a frozen or plugged up defrost drain that causes an overflow into the bottom compartment. You water inlet valve to the water dispenser and ice maker could be cracked, or the water filter itself could be cracked or have a defective seal. Or the water filter itself could be improperly fitted.
Other causes of a leaking refrigerator include a cracked drain pan, a leaky water tank, a frozen water tube connected to the water dispenser, or problems with your home’s water pressure.
Ice build-up in your refrigerator’s freezer:
Today’s refrigerators are designed to be frost-free. An icy build-up can be caused by simple things like a bad door seal, dirty vents or a fridge placed too close to the wall. Your freezer drain may also have become clogged.
Usually, the noise is cause by one of the fan blades in either the evaporator or condenser. A noisy ice maker may indicate mineral build-up in the inlet valve to your ice maker/water dispenser. Or the condenser itself may have begun to fail. Inlet valves and condensers must be replaced, not fixed.
Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tip: Pull your unit out from the wall (they are usually on sliders, so it's not hard) and vacuum the coils with a soft brush attachment. Dust can really slow down your refrigerator's cooling efficiency. Added bonus: you can find all the cat toys that have disappeared!
Dishwasher Trouble Shooting:
Here’s a great site if you want to do your own research on Dishwasher FAQ’s. https://dishwasherfaq.com/
I’ve also summarized common things you can check on your own.
If your dishwasher is simply doing a bad job at getting your dishes clean, there are a few things you can check for yourself.
1. Make sure the dishwasher is clean, meaning that there is no build-up or residue. Residue at the bottom of the dishwasher can be caused by a filter or drain hose that is due to be changed. That’s a job for a professional.
2. Hard water causes scale build up. You’ve probably noticed cloudy or spotty glasses. Add two or three cups of white vinegar (no more than that)to the bottom of your dishwasher and run it on “Normal”. The vinegar smell will dissipate if you leave the door open for a while.
3. Spray arms can be blocked by scale or “gunk”. If the vinegar treatment doesn’t do the trick , you may have to remove the spray arms. Soak them separately in vinegar and use a brush if needed to finish the job. Here’s a how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om1tIWsV5iM
4. The course filter is at the bottom of your dishwasher. You can remove large pieces of debris like food particles or jar labels. Depending on the manufacturer, you can also lift the filter out and clean it thoroughly, monthly if possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRn1mqCLkc
6. Soap dispensers may not be working correctly. It may be clogged with food particles, in which case, a good cleaning with a small brush could be all you need. If the hinges are broken, you’ll need your appliance pro to replace the dispenser.
7. Drains, hoses, valves, and pumps can break or wear out. Call Onpoint Appliance Repair for expert service for your dishwasher.
A clean dishwasher = clean dishes!
Vinegar is your friend when it comes to maintaining your dishwasher. A little in the bottom of the dishwasher every once in a while helps prevent build-up. Run 3 cups through a wash cycle every couple of months.
Here are some washer and dryer problems you might run in to. If there’s any easy solution, you’ll find it here. Otherwise, give Onpoint Appliance Repair a call or text at (603)393-1545.
Washing machine maintenance
Washing machine tips
Washing Machine Troubleshooting
Washer doesn’t start:
Washer does not drain
Washer not spinning
Water is leaking from your washer
Regular use of dryer sheets can leave a build up of residue on your lint trap and the drum of your dryer. Pop the filter in your dishwasher 3-4 times a year and wipe down the inside of the dryer with a soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol.
You might even consider switching to dryer balls periodically.
Gas Stove Maintenance
You know the basics. Clean spills as you go, and check your manual for tips specific to your stove. You'll need to remove the grates from time to time to soak them in soapy water. That's a good time to clean the area under the grates as well.
Pictures are worth 1000 words when you decide to clean your gas stovetop. Here's a great resource to check out:
Gas leaks can be dangerous. This is not something to DIY. If you smell gas, ventilate the area by opening windows. Leave ASAP and call a professional immediately.