DIY Fixes For 3 Common Kitchen Appliances

Posted on: 9 June 2015

Nothing could be more frustrating than a trusted kitchen appliance suddenly failing to work as usual. The good news is that not all such problems require the intervention of a trained repair professional. If you would like to learn more about making simple appliance repairs on your own, read on. This article will provide tips for tackling three common problems.

Garbage disposal doesn't work.

Almost all disposals come with a built-in overload feature. When the motor gets too hot, this automatically cuts off power to prevent a burn out. In order to get your disposal going once again, all you have to do is let the machine cool off and then depress the red reset button located on the bottom of the unit.

If, on the other hand, you can hear your disposal humming, but it won't spin, chances are something's stuck in there. First, switch off the disposal completely. If a utensil or any other non-food item has fallen in, you will have to remove it by hand. Otherwise, you can often work through food clogs with the help of a simple hex wrench.

Dishwasher leaves dishes dirty.

Many people mistakenly assume that when a dishwasher stops performing up to snuff, it's time for a replacement. Yet in many cases the problem can be fixed simply by cleaning out the filter. You see, when the filter gets too gunked up with food, water can't be redirected to the sprayer arms--meaning the dishes in the top rack never seem to get clean.

To fix this problem, begin by removing the lower dish rack completely. Then remove the filter cover located on the bottom surface and clean the filter using either your hand or--if you're feeling squeamish--a wet/dry vac. Reattach the filter cover, and voila--your dishwasher should once more be working good as new.

Electric burner won't heat up.

If none of the burners on your electric stove work, the answer is generally pretty straight forward: you've blown a fuse, and need to flip the appropriate breaker. But what about when just one burner has stopped working? In that case, the problem generally has to do with a loose connection in the burner prongs.

Try moving the burner back and forth laterally. Do you feel a slight wiggle? If so, pull the burner out of its socket. You will see that, not unlike a standard appliance cord, it  attaches to the stove by means of two prongs. Bend these apart from each other very gently and reinsert the burner. This should be enough to tighten up the connection and get the burner working again. To find out more, contact a business like A-1 Appliance Service.