As durable and dependable as they may be, household appliances occasionally break down and require repair. Here are the five most common problems appliance repair technicians encounter.
1. Stalled Washing Machine
Have you ever gone to transfer a load from the washer to the dryer only to find it soaking in a soapy bath? Although the machine may have broken down in the middle of its cycle, the more likely explanation is a damaged lid or door switch. Because your washer relies on a door sensor to ensure that its lid is closed, it may stop running if there’s a problem with the switch. In most cases, the switch is damaged by rough use, such as slamming the lid after dropping in a load.
The Fix: Have a service technician replace the door switch.
2. Cold Dryer
As you are undoubtedly aware, clothes dryers use heat to remove moisture from wet garments and accessories. If your dryer ceases to perform its primary function, there’s a good chance the problem is a blown thermal fuse. When this component breaks, the dryer will not produce any heat at all.
The Fix: Replace the thermal fuse and check the cycling thermostat. If the heat returns, the machine should operate as expected.
3. Leaky Freezer
Modern freezers periodically complete defrost cycles to save homeowners the trouble of defrosting the entire unit from time to time. During these cycles, melted water moves to the drip pan via the defrost drain. But when this defrost drain is clogged with food and debris, water will begin to leak out onto the lower shelves. In most instances, the melted water will freeze, forming a sheet of ice on the floor of the freezer.
The Fix: Have an appliance repair technician clean or replace the defrost drain.
4. Washer Won’t Wash
All top-load washing machines rely on a component called an agitator that is used to swish, swirl, and spin clothes through the entire cycle. When this part won’t move, the appliance cannot perform its function. In most instances, a stalled agitator will continue to make noise while it struggles to move. Because they often assume the problem cannot be repaired, many homeowners simply replace their old washer with a brand-new one. This is often a mistake, as the repair costs are generally only a fraction of the price of a new unit.
The Fix: Have the motor coupling replaced.
5. Silent Dishwasher
When a dishwasher turns on but does not run, the problem often involves a part called a float switch. Used to control the amount of water that enters the appliance, the part ensures normal operation. But because it is accessible from inside the unit, it’s possible for a knife, fork, or other object to jam the component, locking it in fixed position that prevents it from releasing the water needed to run the machine.
The Fix: Nine times out of ten, a service technician can remove the object that is jamming the float switch without damaging the part.
An experienced appliance repair technician can address any of the aforementioned issues.