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The Four Easy DIY Appliance Repairs
Appliance problems? You might be surprised what you can fix yourself
When a major home appliance starts acting up, the symptom can be much scarier than the actual cause. Leaks, squeals, screeches, and even issues with an appliance’s main function can often be solved by replacing an easily accessible part. Below, I’ve outlined four of the most common appliance problems that have surprisingly easy, do-it-yourself solutions.
1. Your dryer is making a scraping noise.
This noise is often caused by two small strips of plastic called drum glides that need to be replaced. Drum glides are mounted to the dryer’s front bulkhead, or the piece behind the front panel that covers the outer rim of the dryer drum and contains the lint trap. In addition to the replacement glides ($10 to $15 each) you’ll need a screwdriver, putty knife, and about 15 minutes to perform the repair.
Slide your putty knife under the dryer’s top panel to pop the springs that release the top panel. Prop the panel up as you would the hood of a car. This way, you can access the screws that hold the front panel in place, which you’ll need to remove to access the front bulkhead and glides. You will also need to remove the wires attached to the door switch. Unscrew the bulkhead from the dryer and place on the floor.
Most drum glide replacements come with a tab to mount them. In this case, remove the old mounts that hold the worn-out glides and replace them with the new pieces. For other models, just remove the old glides and snap the new ones into the existing mounts. For more detailed directions, here is a video to help you.
Tip: Label or take a picture of wires before you begin your repair to ensure you put them back correctly when reassembling.
You might be surprised what you can fix yourself
2. Your refrigerator’s temperature is warmer than it should be.
Don’t panic—this is most likely caused by a defective defrost timer. To replace the defrost timer, you’ll need a nut driver, a screwdriver, and 15 to 20 minutes. Note: Always unplug the refrigerator before performing this repair.
The defrost timer is located either behind the kick plate at the bottom front of the refrigerator or in the control panel inside the fridge. Timers are normally held in place with one or two screws and will have a single wire harness connector on one end. Simply remove the defective timer and unplug the harness connector. Attach the connector to the new timer and secure in place with the screws.
3. Your washer will not fill with hot or cold water.
The fill valve, located at the rear of the washer and connected to the fill hoses, is usually responsible for these issues. A valve replacement takes about 30 minutes and requires a 5/16-inch nut driver; a 1/4-inch nut driver; and, in some cases, a flat-blade screwdriver.
First, turn off the water taps and unplug the washer. Then disconnect the fill hoses and wires from the defective valve.Depending on your washer make and model, the remaining repair steps might vary. Some models have a mounting bracket for fill valves while others do not. As a result, it’s best to use online resources for visual directions that are tailored to your specific make and model.
There are also instructional videos available to show you exactly how to replace the water valves in each of these scenarios.
· Replacing the Water Inlet Valve
· Replacing the Water Inlet Valve with Mounting Plate
4. Your stovetop is not heating properly
The most common way to fix a malfunctioning stovetop is to replace the defective surface element or burner. Ranges built in the last 30 years normally have plug-in surface elements, so the repair is very straightforward.
Once you have the replacement and have disconnected the power, simply lift and pull the defective element from its receptacle and slide in the new one. You should inspect the terminals at the end of the old element. If they show signs of arcing, overheating, or corrosion, the receptacle should be replaced as well. (Try these instructions.)
As you can see, many home appliance repairs are much easier than you might think. So if you’re experiencing problems with your appliances, perform a quick online search for the potential solution before you call a technician or drop hundreds of dollars on a complete replacement. From repair websites, to DIY blogs, to thousands of how-to repair videos, the web can turn you into a handyman in no time.
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