Nobody could deny that home appliances have made life a whole lot easier. Yet nothing could be more frustrating than an appliance that stops working the way it should. Luckily, many common problems can be easily treated--even by complete amateurs. If you would like to learn more about DIY appliance repair, read on. This article will explain how to fix three common problems.
Dishwasher leaves dirty streaks on the dishes.
Just because your dishwasher is no longer cleaning properly doesn't mean it needs to be replaced. In fact, cleaning the filter out is often enough to solve the problem. That's because, when the filter gets clogged with debris, water isn't able to get directed to the sprayer arms. As a result, dishes tend to come out streaked with grease and gunk.
The first step in tackling this problem is to lift out the bottom dish rack. Next take off the filter cover on the floor of the dishwasher. You should now be able to clean debris out of the filter using your hand--or a wet/dry vac, if you prefer. After reassembling the filter your dishwasher should be working tip-top once more.
Washing machine rocks noisily back and forth when running.
This problem can make it seem like your whole house is starting to collapse each time the washer goes into its spin cycle. While this may feel like a serious problem, it is actually nothing more than a symptom that your washer is not sitting level. All it takes to correct is a carpenter's level and an adjustable wrench.
First, align your level along the front of the washer to determine which side needs to be raised higher. Then have a helper lift the specific corner of the washer, while you use your fingers to unscrew the leg to achieve a level surface. Once you've got the level correct, tighten the legs' locknuts using your wrench.
Garbage disposal won't work.
Most garbage disposals include an automatic overload switch. This cuts the power to the unit in the event that the motor to begin to overheat--usually because there's too much food waste to grind. You can generally get it running again simply by waiting for it to cool down, and then pressing the reset button located on the bottom face of the disposal.
If your disposal seems to be receiving power but not spinning--you should still be able to hear the motor hum--you've probably got a jam on your hands. Turn the disposal off all the way--unplug it if it doesn't seem to have a switch. Then carefully remove any obstructions from the cavity and try again. The disposal should now be spinning freely once more.