Garbage disposals have grown to be a great benefit in our modern day homes. Housed beneath our sinks, they make our lives life easier by eating our leftovers and getting rid of other unwanted food products we no longer have a use for.
Often, foreign objects will sneak into the disposal or too much food being inserted into it can cause the entire thing to become clogged.
But what do you do when your disposal isn’t wanting to work for you at all?
In this blog post, I would like to share some of the ways you can tell if your garbage disposal is broken before you decide to call a professional appliance repair technician or get a new one once and for all.
Hint #1: Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On At All
When you flip the switch on your garbage disposal and nothing happens, there is more than likely an electrical problem. This could possibly mean that an attempt to put too much down the disposal could have caused it to overload and short out the circuits.
If resetting the circuits and trying the rest button on the disposal don’t work then there’s the unfortunate chance that it is seriously broken.
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There are times when our handy dandy appliances give out on us whether it be a temporary or permanent problem.
When your dryer is no longer working or only halfway getting the job done, the only solution doesn’t lie in calling a professional appliance repairman right away. For the do-it-yourselfers out there, this post will provide you with a common list of dryer problems and some options for fixing them.
But before beginning, I strongly recommend reading your dryer’s manual as well as a guide to how a dryer works. In order to perform the following assessments, you will need to take the dryer apart in order to access some of the components, so it’s also recommended that you take a little time to acquaint yourself with it.
You will also need to find a Volt-ohm (VOM) in order to test the voltage of some of the dryer’s components.
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Installing a new garbage disposal doesn’t always require the hands of a professional.
You probably came across this page during your search for instructions. If so, this tutorial will show you what you need to know for installing your own garbage disposal. But before you begin, it’s highly recommended that you reference the manual that came with your new disposal to ensure that everything goes smoothly. On top of that, you will need:
- Electrical Tape
- Slotted Screwdriver
- Safety Glasses
- Channel Lock Pliers
- Plumber’s Putty
- Wire Connector
Now that you have the proper tools, the first and most important thing you need to do is turn off the electricity of the main electric panel and your dishwashing connections. Now we are officially ready to begin.
Step #1: Remove Plumbing Connections
Disconnect the down drainpipe that comes from your sink and connection to the p-trap using your channel lock pliers. Remove the parts until both are free. Now remove the strainer body by unscrewing the large nut that holds the strainer in place.
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Washers are one of the most commonly used appliances in modern day homes. Simple to use and quick to clean, washers save us from taking the time to wash our clothing and linens by hand. So when the hose becomes clogged and your washer is temporarily out of order, getting your unit first quickly is important.
The good news is that a clogged washer pipe can be fixed without having to call a professional, and for relatively cheap. If you are feeling up the challenge, grab the following tools and follow these guidelines to get your washer back on track in no time.
What You Will Need
- Source of Water
- Metal Coat Hanger or an object that can function similarly
Before you begin, best practice suggests that you check all of the other drains in your hose including the ones in your toilets.
Step #1: Dismantle the Hose
Using your pliers, loosen the hose by gripping the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the back of the washer.
Turning at a counter clockwise direction, keep going until you are able to completely able to pull the hose directly from the back of the washer.
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Do you ever clean your dishwasher?
The thought of doing this doesn’t run through many people’s minds very often, seeing as there is already soap and water running through the unit on a regular basis. Bathtubs and showers typically have more amounts of soap and water running through them, and yet the still need to be cleaned regularly. So why should your dishwasher not be treated the same?
Just like the dirt and grime that build up in your shower, food and other debris can build up in your dishwasher, giving your dishes a lesser quality of clean.
Here are 5 proven tips to take your dish washer to a new level of clean.
#1.) Wipe away soap scum with white vinegar
White vinegar is great for removing stains of all kinds, whether they be on carpet or inside a dishwasher, and an excellent way to reduce mold and mildew.
For the parts of your dishwasher that can easily be removed, mix 2 cups of white vinegar with hot water in your sink or a larger soaking area, and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Wipe the remainder of the unit with the solution while these are soaking, making sure you include the top, bottom, and sides.
#2.) Check for rust and if you find any, take care of it
Like any other appliance, rust can be a sign of age and should be addressed immediately. Rust cleaner is produced for individual units, so be sure to find one that is specifically for dishwashers.
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Water heaters leaks shouldn’t be taken lightly, and should be assessed as quickly as possible. Even the smallest leak can cause mold or mildew damage, which can be quite hazardous to your health. Even the EPA suggests that any leaks that could lead to mold damage should be treated ASAP to prevent the risk of developing any major health problems.
On top of everything else, water heaters aren’t cheap to replace, so identifying what could be causing a leak is imperative to making sure you can fix the one you have now. In this article, I would like to talk about the ways to determine what could be causing a leak, so you can get the bottom of things and get the show back on the road again.
1.) Find the Leak, Keeping Your Safety in Mind
Keep in mind that a leaking water heater around electricity can pose a dangerous situation. For optimal safety, turn off the electricity to the water heater on your circuit breaker, and turn off the water while you are at it.
The next step includes draining your water heater of all it’s water. Use a bucket or similar object to empty the water from the hot water tap, to ensure that you won’t get scalded during the fixing process.
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Dishwashers can help make our lives easier in many ways and when something goes wrong with them, the first thing on most people’s minds isn’t to go out and buy a new one. Just because a part of your dishwasher isn’t working though, doesn’t mean there isn’t an easy way to get it fixed.
There are several components that make up a dishwasher and the key is finding which one isn’t doing it’s job. If your dishwasher is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could actually be that time for that new replacement.
Of course before making a final decision, it’s usually best to have a professional come and look at your unit and make a final assessment.
Symptom #1: Not Wanting to Drain
Have you ever left your dishwasher to run a load, but come back bit later to find that a lake of water has drenched your floor?
If your washer is leaking water onto the floor or has standing water inside of it, there could be a crack inside somewhere causing the problem.
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Do-it-yourself appliance repair doesn’t have to be that difficult, although some appliances are easier to repair than others.
When you aren’t exactly sure what you are doing, appliance repair can take a lot more time than expected and cause a lot of extra frustration. Hiring a professional may seem like it will cost more money at first, but when you calculate the extra time you are spending it can equal about the same amount. If money is more important than time to you, you may consider taking on the appliance repair no matter how frustrating it is or how long it takes.
For those that dare to fix their own appliances, I want to help you in any way I can through the web by creating in-depth posts that will make your life easier. Like my about page told you, I used to own and operate my own appliance repair business and know the subject like the back of my hand. It may take me a good bit of time, but I eventually want to make this site the central hub for appliance repair.
My specialties when I was in the business included fixing dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, range hoods, stove tops, washing machines, dryers, hot water heaters, and garbage disposals. I could have these things fixed so quickly my colleagues and frequent customers would sometimes call me “Jiffy.”
I don’t tell you things to brag, but to reassure you than I am the go-to guy for appliance repairs, and plan to make my website the same. I hope that you can trust me to be a relevant source for the industry, and that my work can help make your life easier. I hope you will return to my website to see how it ends up growing. Thanks for being a part of Sam’s Service Center, and I will catch you on the flippity flip.