Knowing how to repair your own appliances can save you a lot of money. Sometimes, the simple fix is what you need. In fact, you might already have everything necessary in the house to get it done quickly and efficiently. Here are some of the most common repairs that people tend to forget about when it comes to kitchen appliances.
If your toaster, dishwasher, or any other kitchen appliance is no longer working, it may be hard to know who to contact first. It might be an easy fix that you can do yourself or it might require a skilled Winnipeg appliance technician. If an appliance is broken down and not working properly, testing the power source is usually one of the first things to check.
1. Oven won’t heat up
This is a common problem with ovens. The most common cause is a faulty thermostat that fails to open the gas valve when it detects the temperature is too low. The fix is to replace the thermostat. Another cause could be a loose connection at the ignitor or burner assembly or a failed ignitor or burner assembly itself. If you’re comfortable with electrical work, you can check and replace these parts yourself.
If your oven won’t heat up, check these things first:
The oven light bulb may be burned out. Replace the bulb immediately! You don’t want to start a fire while cooking food.
The pilot light could be out in some models, especially older ones without electronic ignition systems (see below). The pilot light should not be hard to relight if it goes out; follow instructions in your manual for relighting it. If you cannot get your pilot light restored, call an appliance repairman for help because something else might be wrong (such as a defective gas valve).
If there’s no pilot light and your stove has an electronic ignition system (look for an electronic control panel), make sure that power is coming into the stove from the main circuit board by turning on another appliance.
If you can’t fix the problem by yourself, you should contact a Winnipeg oven repair service right away.
2. Stove stops working
A stove that does not work is frustrating, but it does not have to mean spending hundreds of dollars on a new one. If your burner has stopped working, check the following things first:
Check the circuit breaker/fuse box in your home and make sure it has not tripped. If it has, reset the breaker and try using your stove again. If the breaker trips again after you reset it, call an electrician for help.
Check the knobs on your stovetop burners. Make sure they are turned to “On” and not “Off” or “Low” or “High” (or whatever setting they should be). If they are set incorrectly, turn them off, then back on again to make sure they are set correctly before continuing with this step.
Check that there is gas coming out of the gas line that runs from your gas supply line (located under your sink) into your stove top burners. This pipe should be connected tightly, but if it is loose or leaking at all, fix it immediately by tightening with pliers or replacing with new pipe altogether.
3. Fridge stops cooling down
There are three common causes of a fridge that doesn’t cool. If your fridge is still under warranty, call the manufacturer to schedule a repair visit. If not, here are some things you can try:
The temperature control on the fridge door is broken. This can be fixed by replacing the thermostat or control board.
The evaporator coil needs to be cleaned or replaced. This is usually caused by dust or food particles blocking airflow through the coils. You’ll need to hire an appliance repair professional for this one since it’s such a complex job and requires specialized tools and training.
The compressor has failed. This is usually caused by a bad bearing in the compressor or an electrical problem with one of its components (like an overload protector). It’s best to call an HVAC technician who can diagnose what’s wrong based on your symptoms and electrical tests he performs himself.
4. Dishwasher issues
The dishwasher is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen, especially if you have a family. The good news is that there are many common repairs for this appliance that you can do yourself. Here are some of the most common problems and how to fix them:
5. Dishwasher won’t start
This may be due to a faulty door switch or timer. First, check if the machine is plugged in – if not, plug it in and try again. If it still doesn’t work, check to see if it’s clogged with food particles or debris (especially at the bottom) and clean as necessary. If this doesn’t help, you may need to replace your timer or door switch assembly.
6. Dishes aren’t getting clean
If dishes aren’t getting clean enough when using your dishwasher, try running a cycle without any detergent added first – if they still come out dirty after this cycle then there may be something wrong with your dishwasher itself like a clog in the drain hose or filter screen which should be easy enough to clear out manually before trying another cycle with detergent added again