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5 ways to fix a broken appliance

5 ways to fix a Old appliance

A Old washing machine or refrigerator can be scary and frustrating. You don’t want a big repair bill or to go deprived of a crucial appliance for too long.

Luckily, some appliance problems can be solved simply at home without calling a repairman. Even if you don’t know a drawing about repair, many fixes are super simple. 

When your dryer, washer, oven, dishwasher or fridge is giving your Trouble, remember these simple tips to get it running again.

Flip the switch

If your Big appliance suddenly stops working, it may have flipped the breaker. Sometimes when too much electricity surges through an outlet, your home’s breaker box will automatically cut off the Great to the outlet. 

First, unplug everything in your kitchen but major appliances, like the fridge, dishwasher, stove and microwave. Make sure each of the major appliances is plugged into their own outlet. No sharing!

Finally, go to your breaker box and flip any switch that is aimed in the opposite direction of the other switches. If all of them look like they are moving in the same direction, flip the master switch (the big one), Cut it for a few seconds, then flip it back on. 

Go back into the kitchen and see if the appliance is on.

Check the cord

If checking the breaker box doesn’t work, flip the master switch back off and check the cord to see if it’s cracked or damaged. If so, that may be the culprit. 

You best bet is to try overhaul or replace the cord. Most home improvement stores have cord replacement kits that are easy to install.

Clean the filter

No matter if it’s a washer, dryer, fridge ice maker or dishwasher, a dirty filter can Fast halt its efficiency, make it leak or even Get fire. 

Read the appliance’s owner’s manual for instruction on cleaning the filter or take a look at these articles:

Give it a shake

You’ve probably seen angry cartoon dads hit or shake an appliance when it doesn’t work. Sometimes, that’s good advice.

A blinking screen, incessant beeping and buttons that don’t work can all be a sign of a sensor malfunction. Things like dust, bugs and lint can get stuck on the computer sensors inside the unit, executive it act weird. A good, yet gentle shake will dislodge it.

For example, my stove started beeping like crazy and no one knew why. I named in a professional and it turned out there was a Part of lint blocking one of the sensors. Now when my oven goes crazy, I know that a little wiggle is all it has. Works every time.

Check the seal

If your fridge isn’t residual cold enough or your oven isn’t staying hot enough, it probably has a damaged door seal. Check for cracks and tears in the rubber near the inside of the door. 

If it looks like the seal is past its prime, check the owner’s manual on how to replace it. Here’s how to replace the seal on most fridges.

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