DIAGNOSE YOUR APPLIANCE’S ISSUES ON YOUR OWN

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APPLIANCE REPAIR SPECIALISTS INC.

Sometimes, you’re able to figure out what’s wrong with your appliance without professional aid. Appliance Repair Specialists, Inc. wants to help you as much as possible; that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems (and what may be causing the issue), as well as provided safety procedures for you to follow. And, if you find you need extra assistance, our experts are only a phone call away.

King County

(253) 838-7059

Thurston County

(360) 754-9252

Pierce County

(253) 581-9420

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON PROBLEMS YOUR APPLIANCES MAY EXPERIENCE?

WASHERS
  • Leaks – could be caused by hoses, door gaskets, pump, tub boot, or too much soap.
  • No spin/no drain – most commonly caused by the belt, coupler, lid switch or pump.
  • Not filling – usually a problem with the pressure switch or valve.
  • Burn smell – something might be in the pump or belt. Possibly a bad motor.
REFRIGERATOR
  • Not cold – is usually caused by a bad cold control or it may be a defrosting problem.
  • Leaking – can be caused by a defrosting problem or a clogged drain trough. It may also be due to the drain heaters being out, or if the door gaskets aren’t properly sealed.
  • Running constantly – is common with bad door seals, thermostats or defrost problems.
MICROWAVES
  • No heat – caused by a bad capacitor, rectifier, relay board, or magnetron.
  • Plate is not turning – the motor or drive belt could be in need of repair.
FREEZERS
  • Not freezing – bad thermostat, relay or compressors are the most common problem.
  • Leaking – this could be a bad door gasket or a clogged drain trough.
TRASH COMPACTORS
  • Jammed – clear and clean debris out completely. Lube drives or replace mechanical parts.
DRYER
  • Taking too long to dry – usually caused by clogged vents. Also, checking the thermostat or the element may be shorting.
  • No start – can be a door switch or the motor is out.
  • No heat – commonly it’s a thermostat, thermistor or element issue.
RANGES/OVENS
  • Not baking – can be caused by a bad element or bad bake switch.
  • Not broiling – usually caused by element, thermostat or select switch.
  • Burners out – can be a bad element disc, burner block or switch problem.
  • Gas units – most common issue is the spark module and ignitor.
ICE MAKERS
  • No ice – usually a bad I/M or it needs a valve. Gears could be stripped.
  • Leaking – commonly a valve or fill tube issue.
HOT WATER HEATERS
  • No heat – usually the thermostat or motor needs repairs.
GARBAGE DISPOSALS
  • Jammed and humming – probably the disposer is clogged. Alternatively, the motor could be bad.
Repairing Gas Oven

SAFETY PROCEDURES TO KEEP IN MIND

If you’re going to self-diagnose your appliance’s issue, it’s important to make sure you’re as safe as possible while doing so. Keep these safety notes in mind:

  • Pull your hair back.
  • Remove any metal that you’re wearing.
  • Double-check to see if the appliance is working.
  • Check and reset the breaker panel.
  • Unplug the appliance before working with it.
  • If the appliance uses gas, then make sure you turn off the gas before looking at it.

If you have any questions-or would like to schedule repair service-then please give us a call.

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