Because the majority of people live on a pretty tight budget, unexpected expenses can really throw your finances out of whack. As a homeowner, there are often unexpected expenses that seem to show up on a fairly regular basis. Here we’ll take a look at some simple kitchen appliance issues that most people can fix on their own, which will save them from having to call on the expensive repair person each and every time.
Garbage Disposal Unit is Making a Humming Noise
If you own a garbage disposal unit then there is a chance you’ve encountered issues before, or perhaps are going through it right now. A common complaint is a unit that makes a humming noise when it is turned on rather than doing what it should. According to the Mr Garbage Disposal website, this is a very easy DIY fix that only requires an Allen wrench. If you look closely, the odds are high that your unit has an Allen wrench attached to it.
This humming sound usually means there is something jammed in the unit, which needs to be dislodged. You can unplug the unit, inspect the drain hole, and remove anything that is clogging it up.
Refrigerator Stops Working
When a refrigerator stops working, it is a pretty big deal. The longer it doesn’t work, the higher the odds of the food inside becoming spoiled. It is recommended that the first thing you do is check the coils for a build-up of pet hair if you have pets. This can cause the compressor to overheat, which will engage the overload switch.
Even if you don’t have pets, dust and dirt can start to clog up the coil over time, so this is still something you’ll want to look at. In order to ensure the coil is clean, use a special coil cleaning brush and finish by vacuuming it.
Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning the Dishes
The dishwasher is among the most-used kitchen appliances, which means when it stops working there is a whole lot of chaos caused. If you are running the cycle on your dishwasher and nothing is being cleaned, it could be that the food filter is the culprit.
The first place to start is with the spray arms. Examine them for any clogs, and then give them a good cleaning. These spray arms can actually be removed and soaked in white vinegar for a deep cleaning.
Next clean the inside of the actual dishwasher so that you’re starting with a clean surface. This includes emptying out the food filter, which can become clogged over time.
The last step is to get rid of scale build-up that can affect how well the dishwasher cleans.
Know When You Are in Over Your Head
While many issues you can tackle on your own, it’s still good to know when you’re in over your head. Admitting that the repair is too confusing, difficult, or even dangerous for you can likely end up saving you money in the end. Call in the repair person to do it right from the start and save yourself a lot of time and hassle.