We all have that fear when our affordable kitchen appliances just suddenly stop functioning for no apparent reason. Well of course there is a reason, but we wouldn’t know it…yet. Instances like your washing machine stopping in the middle of a cycle or your refrigerator just shutting down after you restocked it with groceries; simple happenings like these are inevitable and can always happen to anyone.
Luckily, for simple errors, there are simple ways to troubleshoot. It doesn’t take a handyman and a hefty bill to get our appliances to sign up for a longer life span. Simply follow the list below to find out what to do when the inevitable happens:
1. Tightly Seal Your Oven Door.
Without a proper seal, your oven can lose more than 20% of its heat. This will result to your food taking longer to cook or an unsatisfyingly cooking; therefore check the seal’s condition once in a while. To check if the seal’s condition is alright, open the oven door and locate the rubber or fiberglass gasket around the perimeter of the door. Feel if there is anything broken, torn, or if there are areas deformed and damaged. Close the door then find out if you can find any leaks. If it leaks then simply replace the seal.
2. Clean and Replace Dirty Range Hoods.
Wash metal-mesh grease filters by hand in soapy water or you can simply run them through your dishwasher. Be reminded that charcoal or paper filters should not be washed, instead replace them if they are no longer in proper condition anymore.
3. Clean Coils in Your Fridge.
Plenty of things can clog up your refrigerator coil – from dirt, dust, and even pet hair. If there are things blocking the refrigerator coils, it is restricting the air flow and causing the refrigerator to work harder to keep the food inside cool. With the use of a handheld vacuum, simply clean out the coils and suck up on any loose particles. Most refrigerator coils can be found either behind the kick plate or at the rear of the fridge. It all depends on the model of your refrigerator though, so just simply look at the manual to locate the coil.
4. Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls.
Cleaning your stovetop drip bowls is very easy!All you have to do is remove the drip bowls from underneath your burner elements and then pre-soak them in cleaning solution for five minutes. After that, hand wash the drip bowls before replacing them. Don’t forget to clean your drip bowls immediately after spills because if spills burn into the bowls, you will need to totally replace them.
5. Fix Rusty Dish Rack Tines.
Rust on the tines of your dishwasher racks can adhere to and ruin your dishes and silverware. To solve this issue, you will need a tine repair kit and a sealant to adhere the replacement tips over the rusty and chipped tines. Let them dry for 24 hours before running your dishwasher.
Lack of skill and know-how is definitely the greatest obstacle one can face when performing a DIY repair, from home appliances to even your car’s mufflers from the Philippines. Hopefully the list above can help you a little when it comes to some of the most common errors that you can experience in your household appliances.
Kimberly Marie Gayeta (Kimmy) is a Communications Degree holder, passionate writer, currently working as a local Public Relations Officer and an online Marketing Representative.
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