Three Home Appliances Problems You Can Fix Yourself
If you're a homeowner, chances are you've dealt with some appliance repairs at one time or another. Home appliances are great when they work, but they can quickly become a headache if they develop issues.
Most common kitchen appliances, for instance, cost between $300 and $900 to repair or replace—fridges, furnaces, and air conditioning can run you $300 or so a repair, while plumbing and garbage disposal repairs tend to cost somewhere between $100 and $200.
The point is, no matter how much time, effort, and money you put into maintaining your appliances, they will eventually need some type of repair. And at some point, they will need to be replaced.
Read on for tips on how to save yourself some money by repairing some of the most common household appliance problems yourself.
- According to The Family Handyman, one of the most common appliance repairs is replacing a burner or bad burner socket on an electric range. You can first test the burner in question by swapping out the nonfunctional burner with one you know works. If that burner won't heat either, your socket most likely needs replacing. Unscrew the old socket from the range, unscrew the wires from it, and attach the wires to the new socket. Then screw the new socket to the range.
- If your refrigerator is running (listen for a quiet humming), but not getting any colder, Goedeker's Home Life suggests checking for dirty condenser coils, as they may be at fault. Condenser coils function by removing heat from your fridge. They are usually located underneath or in the back of the appliance. The problem can be fixed by gently brushing dirt and grime away with a long, soft-bristled brush.
- One of the most common problems reported with dryers is failure of the drum to spin. This is most likely due to a drive belt that needs replacing. The drive belt wraps around the drum and is pulled via a motor, causing the drum to rotate. If you can easily spin the drum by hand when the dryer is off, but it won't spin by itself when turned on, the belt is likely the issue. A DIY repair that should top out at $20. RepairClinic recommends searching online for steps to disassemble your particular appliance model. Once you've taken it apart, release the tension on the idler pulley so you can stretch the old belt out and remove it. Then, it's a simple matter of installing the new belt—rotate the drum to make sure it's aligned.
With all the DIY projects that could be headed your way, remember safety should always come first. Disconnect the power to any appliance before beginning work, and if you feel uncomfortable with any repair, contact a professional like J & M Appliance.