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5 ways to repair a damaged appliance

It might be frightening and irritating to have a broken refrigerator or washing machine. You don't want to incur a hefty repair charge or endure an extended period without a necessary appliance.

Fortunately, a number of appliance issues can be quickly fixed at home without contacting a repairman. Many solutions are so basic that you don't even need any repair experience.

Keep in mind these easy fixes when your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, dryer, or washer stops working.

Toggle the switch

Your large appliance may have flipped the breaker if it stops working all of a sudden. Your home's breaker box may occasionally turn off the power to an outlet if too much electricity surges through it.

First, turn off all of the kitchen's electrical devices save for the fridge, dishwasher, stove, and microwave. Ensure that each significant appliance is connected to its own outlet. Share not!

Last but not least, head to your breaker box and turn any switches that are pointing the other way from the others. If they all appear to be moving in the same direction, turn off the master switch (the large one), wait a few seconds, and then turn it back on.

Check to see if the appliance is on by returning to the kitchen.

Examine the cord.

When examining the breaker box fails, turn the master switch back off and inspect the cord for cracks or other damage. If so, then that might be the problem.

The cord can most likely be repaired or replaced. The majority of home improvement stores sell simple-to-install cord replacement kits.

Refresh the filter.

A clogged filter can quickly reduce a machine's efficiency, cause it to leak, or even cause it to catch fire, whether it's a washer, dryer, refrigerator ice maker, or dishwasher.

Shake it to see.

You've probably seen irate cartoon fathers smack or shake a broken appliance. That is sometimes sound counsel.

A sensor issue may manifest as a flickering display, continuous beeping, or broken buttons. The computer sensors inside the device can become clogged with lint, dust, and other debris, which will cause strange behavior. Shaking it vigorously but gently will move it.

For instance, no one knew why my stove began beeping wildly. I called in a specialist, and it came out that one of the sensors was being blocked by a piece of lint. I now know that a little wiggle is all my oven needs when it starts acting strangely. always effective

Verify the seal.

It's likely that the door seal on your refrigerator or oven is compromised if neither appliance maintains the proper temperature. Examine the rubber trim on the inside of the door for rips and cracks.

Check the owner's handbook for instructions on how to replace the seal if it appears to be past its prime. Here's how to change the seal on the majority of refrigerators.

When your dishwasher or washing machine overflows, try this.