Dishwasher Repair: Dishwasher Problems

No one enjoys cleaning dirty dishes by hand. Enter the dishwasher. This household appliance is one of the most popular and most convenient in all of America. You will find a dishwasher in almost every kitchen. Popular brands include Whirlpool, GE, Sears, Electrolux and LG. There are also several styles of dishwashers to choose from, according to The Spruce.

A high-quality dishwasher should last around 10 years or longer. The lifetime of an appliance often depends upon how well an owner maintains it and if the appliance is being used properly. The trend is for a dishwasher to start wearing down around 8-10 years after the initial installation. For some of the issues, a homeowner can repair on their own. For others, it will require the help of a neighborhood appliance repair service.

aceapplianceco.com has provided a list of some of the issues that most often occur on older residential dishwashers. For questions concerning our list or tips, please use our contact form or consult with an appliance repairman:

STRANGE NOISES

In general, a dishwasher is a loud appliance due to the amount of water that runs through it during its operating cycle. However, if you start to hear rattling noises or grinding coming from the appliance, odds are there is something wrong with the machine. We recommend inspecting the pump motor as well as the bearings and motor brushing. The pump motor is the likely cause of a rattle while the other parts could be worn and grinding.

LEAKS

As mentioned above, several gallons of water run through a dishwasher during its operating cycle. The water is needed to remove food and grime from plates, bowls, glasses and silverware and to rinse off detergent. Leaks are a major problem that need immediate attention. A likely cause is a worn door seal or a worn pump on the appliance. However, be sure to inspect the water inlet valve as well. To replace these parts, enlist the help of a professional appliance repair company.

WON’T START

If a dishwasher, or any appliance, won’t start or turn on, be sure it is plugged in. It’s not uncommon for an electrical cord to become loose over time and for it to need to be plugged in again. You should also inspect the circuit breaker box in your home and ensure no breakers are tripped. The parts on the dishwasher most often responsible for this problem are the timers, door latch switches, motor relay, electronic controls and thermal fuses.

NOT CLEANING WELL

If the dishes are still dirty after a cycle is complete, there could be a problem with the dishwasher. You will need to troubleshoot several parts of the appliance in order to determine the cause of this issue. The first parts to inspect are the spray arms and the housing gaskets. The filters and the water delivery tubes should also be inspected for signs of clogs or buildup preventing proper flow of water in the machine.

WON’T DRAIN/WON’T FILL

The dishwasher should fill with water during the start of the cycle and the cleaning and rinsing phases. Then, it should drain all of the water at the end of the cycle and prior to drying. If the dishwasher is not filling, we recommend looking at the float switch and the door switch on the appliance as well as the water inlet valve. If the dishwasher is not draining, the first part to inspect is the drain pump motor on the machine. The drain hose or timer could also be the source of the problem.

DETERGENT NOT DISPENSING

Dishwashers should dispense detergent during the washing cycle. The detergent is important to break down the food and grime on the dirty dishes. The bi-metal release on the dishwasher is the likely cause of this problem. You should determine if it can be repaired or if the part needs to be replaced. Replacement appliance parts can be bought from online distributors or installed by local repairmen. The other parts to inspect for this issue are the timer and the wax motor on the dishwasher.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

If one of the problems above occurs and you do not feel comfortable attempting DIY dishwasher repair, it is best to call a professional appliance repair company immediately. It would be a shame to do further damage to an expensive appliance from DIY gone wrong. Here is a list of local companies we recommend:

Hometown Suffolk Appliance Repair
Suffolk, VA
757-656-1964
www.appliancerepairsuffolk.com

Superior Appliance Services
Washington DC
202-409-6056
www.superiorapplianceservices.com

Tampa Appliance Repair Inc.
Tampa, FL
813-324-5440
www.tampaappliancerepairman.com

Microwave Repair: Microwave Problems

The microwave is one of the most popular inventions in recent memory. Almost every home in America has a microwave in their kitchen to thaw food, prepare meals and heat leftovers. It’s a complicated and impressive appliance. The website explainthatstuff.com explains just how a microwave works.

A good microwave will last almost 10 years and sometimes longer. However, there are several issues that can occur on a microwave due to several small parts and electronics on the appliance. A homeowner can complete some of the repairs on their own, however, for more technical repair needs, aceapplianceco.com recommends reaching out to a local appliance repairman for assistance.

Below is a list of some of issues that can occur on a microwave. You can use our form to contact us with questions or call on the services of an appliance repair company:

TOUCHPAD MALFUNCTION

The touchpad on a microwave serves to set the temperature and time necessary to cook or heat food. A microwave will not function correct if the touchpad is unresponsive or not working as it should. The touchpad is one of the more complicated parts of a microwave. The issues is likely related to either the membrane switch or the control board. We recommend having a nearby technician come and inspect the touchpad.

UNUSUAL NOISES

A microwave is a generally quiet appliance even when operating. That means that a loud or unusual noise coming from the appliance is a sign of a problem that needs attention. There are several causes of loud noises when it comes to microwaves. You will want to inspect the drive motor on the machine as well as the drive coupler and magnetron. The high voltage diode, roller guide and cooling fan are other parts to review.

WON’T TURN ON/OFF

We will cover two issues in this section. The first issue occurs when a microwave will not turn on. In the event a microwave doesn’t turn on, we recommend checking that the appliance is plugged in. You should also check that all of the circuit breakers are in the correct position. Then go on to inspect the ceramic fuse, door switch, door latch assembly and thermal fuse on the appliance.

The second issue is if the microwave will not turn off. This is less common but still a cause for concern and an issue that might require the attention of an appliance repairman. The reason for this problem is either the door interlock switch or the smart board on the microwave. If the smart board is the issue, it will need to be replaced by a reputable company able to complete such repairs.

NO HEAT

A microwave that won’t heat is not a very useful microwave. The purpose of the appliance is to create intense and immediate heat able to warm or cook food and liquids. You will need to tend to this issue immediately in order to continue using the appliance. The first part to inspect is the high voltage diode. The next part is the door switch and then the magnetron. You can contact us with questions concerning this repair.

BROKEN EXHAUST FAN

A microwave creates intense heat and therefore an exhaust fan is needed on the appliance. If this part of the microwave doesn’t work you might notice smoke coming from the machine and that becomes an immediate hazard. “You will want to inspect the charcoal filter and the grease filter on the appliance and be sure both are clear of grime and buildup,” according to Tim Nelson, Owner Elite Bloomington Appliance Repair. This repair is serious but also simple and can be completed by a homeowner.

TRAY NOT TURNING

There is a plastic or ceramic tray in the middle of the microwave that rotates to spread the heat evenly. The tray needs to turn in order for the microwave to operate correctly. If you notice the tray is stuck in place, then we recommend reviewing three different parts on the appliance: coupler, drive motor and roller guide. The odds are that one of these parts is no longer working and will need to be replaced in order for the tray to turn again.

CALL LOCAL APPLIANCE REPAIRMEN

You might not be comfortable with attempting to repair a microwave on your own. The appliance is expensive and it would be wise not to accidentally damage it during a DIY repair. In this case, aceappliancerepairco.com recommends calling a professional appliance repair service able to fix the microwave. Here are some services we recommend:

Thompson’s Appliance
Arlington, TX
817-277-1131
www.thompsonsappl.com

Turner Appliance
Indianapolis, IN
317-788-9180
turnerappliancerepair.com

Elite Bloomington Appliance Repair
Bloomington, MN
952-800-9953
www.bloomingtonappliancerepair.com

Freezer Repair: Freezer Problems

A good residential freezer unit should last 10-15 years before problems start to occur – including GE and Kenmore brand appliances. This applies to both stand-alone and combo models. You will start to notice issues with freezers older than 15 years old. Some of these issues can be repaired easily. Others are not as easy and sometimes replacement should be considered. The moment you are unsure whether you can repair a freezer or not, it is time to stop and call a local appliance repair service for input or assistance.

Below is a list of some of the most common freezer problems. You can contact us or comment below with questions concerning the list:

FREEZER FROST BUILDUP

Sometimes frost will build up inside of a chest freezer or combo unit. This can occur for three different reasons. These reasons are either a malfunctioning thermostat, door gasket or defrost timer. We recommend inspecting each to identify the culprit and then replacing the broken part with a new one from the hardware store.

FREEZER MAKES LOUD NOISES

The most common symptom of any type of broken appliance is loud noises coming from the machine. “In the case of a freezer, loud noises are often the result of a broken evaporator fan motor or evaporator fan blade,” says Bill Delton, Lead Technician Green Bay Appliance Repair. You will need to inspect these two components of the freezer and determine if either is the cause of the loud noises.

FREEZER WON’T START

The immediate thing to do when a freezer or any appliance won’t start is to ensure the machine is plugged in. If so, then be sure all of the circuit breakers are switched on correctly. If neither is an issue then it is time to inspect the start relay, start capacitor or thermostat as these three appliance parts are typically the reason a freezer won’t start.

FREEZER WON’T STOP

In the tip above, we mentioned some of the reasons a freezer won’t start. Here are some of the reasons a chest freezer will not stop running: temperature control, defrost timer and defrost thermostat. You can diagnose the cause of the issue with thorough inspection of each of these three freezer parts or enlist the help of a professional appliance repairman to do so.

FREEZER TOO COLD

Too much cold can be a bad thing, even for a freezer. The recommended temperature for a residential chest freezer or upper unit on a refrigerator is 0 degrees fahrenheit. The freezer should not continue to run once it has achieved that temperature. If it does, we recommend reviewing the thermostat, temperature control and user control on the appliance.

FREEZER TOO WARM

The worst problem a freezer can have is for it to be too warm. That defeats the entire purpose of the appliance. You will want to diagnose this issue ASAP or call on an appliance repair company for assistance. The parts to inspect first are the user control, the defrost timer and the thermostat on the freezer unit. The odds are that one of these parts is no longer working correctly.

HIRE AN APPLIANCE REPAIR COMPANY

The repairs above should be reserved for an experienced handyman or a professional repairman in your city or neighborhood. You need to hire a reputable service able to repair all common brands and models of freezers – including GE, Sears, LG, Whirlpool and more. Ace Appliance Repair Index recommends the following appliance repair companies for freezer repair:

Green Bay Appliance Repair
Green Bay, WI
(920) 306-8228
www.gbappliancerepairco.com

Tri-City Appliance Service
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 953-3000
www.tricityapp.com

Sentry South Appliance Parts & Service
Buffalo, NY
(716) 824-5972
www.sentrysouthapplianceservice.com

 

Dryer Repair: Dryer Problems

The truth is that dryers are prone to problems. There are a lot of issues and malfunctions that occur over the lifetime of most dryers (see: repairclinic.com). An amateur handyman or repairman can fix several of the issues, however, there are some we recommend hiring a professional for. You don’t want to damage the dryer in the process of trying to repair it. The moment you are uncertain of how to proceed with a repair, stop and consult a local appliance repair company.

Below is a list of some of the most common dryer problems. You can contact us or comment below with questions:

DRYER MAKES LOUD NOISES

One of the first and most obvious signs of a broken dryer are loud noises coming from the machine. We recommend inspecting the bearings and seals and determining if the belt is worn or not. You should also see if the machine is stable on the floor or not. It is an easy repair to replace a worn-out, noisy part.

DRYER WON’T START

The first thing to do if a dryer won’t start is to be sure it is plugged in. The cord can become loose if the machine vibrates too much during operation. Then check if all of the circuit breakers are correct. If the machine is plugged in then the next places to look are the heating element, the high limit thermostat or the cycling thermostat.

DRYER WON’T HEAT UP

You need extreme heat in order for a dryer to dry wet laundry. The first indication a dryer isn’t producing enough heat is if there are still wet clothes after a cycle. The common causes for low heat are fuses and heating elements. We recommend replacing each part if possible.

DRYER TOO HOT

The opposite problem is if the dryer becomes far too hot. This could be a fire hazard if left ignored. The best course of action is to hire a dryer repair service. The repairman should be able to identify if there is a defective fuse or thermostat on the machine. You should also be certain to clean out the lint trap after every cycle to avoid fires.

DRYER WON’T TUMBLE

The combination of heat and tumbling helps to dry wet clothes. A dryer that doesn’t tumble will be ineffective. You should inspect the belt and the switches. We recommend hiring a professional for any repair related to switches or control board malfunctions.

DRYER TOO SLOW

A dryer should 100% dry all clothes during the first cycle. If multiple cycles need to be run there is likely a problem with the coils, heating element or thermostats. You will find it is difficult to diagnose the cause of this dryer problem and you will want to consult a local repairman near you.

DRYER WON’T SHUT OFF

The dryer should turn off once a cycle is complete. If a dryer continues to run then it will need attention. You should first determine if there is a broken door switch or a broken timer. “The timer is located on the control board and should be inspected by a professional,” says Dennis Campbell, Owner Prime Nampa Appliance Repair. However, replacing a door switch can be an easy repair for a homeowner and parts can be ordered online.

DRYER SHUTS OFF TOO SOON

The opposite problem is if a dryer shuts off too soon or before a cycle is complete. The causes for this issue are the same as a dryer that won’t shut off. You will need to discover if a door switch or timer is broken on the machine and then proceed with the repair accordingly.

CALL THE PROFESSIONALS

You will need to determine if you are capable of completing the repair on your own. If you do not feel comfortable using the necessary tools or ordering the necessary parts, you should find a appliance repair service near your home capable of repairing the model and brand of dryer in your home. Ace Appliance Index recommends the following appliance repair companies for dryer repair:

All-Star Appliance Repair Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
(443) 744-6899
www.allstarappliancerepairs.com

Prime Nampa Appliance Repair
Nampa, ID
(208) 469-4454
www.appliancerepairnampa.com

Don Bacon Appliance Services
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 451-5225
www.baconappliance.com

Washer Repair: Washing Machine Problems

Is there a problem with your washing machine? You might want to try to fix it on your own. You can troubleshoot and attempt to find out why the washer is broken but there is a good chance you will want to call a professional to diagnose the issue and repair it. You don’t want to damage the appliance worse than it already is. Here are some of the most common problems homeowners experience with washing machines. You will want to hire a professional for washer repair if you identify one of these problems:

WASHER WON’T TURN ON

The first thing to check is if the washing machine is plugged in or if a circuit breaker tripped. The next possible problem is to balance the load and close the door tight. If the washer won’t turn on then there could be an issue with a timer, circuit, lid switch or door closure, electrical outlet or another issue requiring professional attention.

WASHER WON’T DRAIN

A washing machine should drain all of the water from the drum before a spin cycle starts. If there is a pool of water in the washing machine after a cycle then there is a chance the drain hose is clogged. If there is no clog, there could be a broken water pump or drive belt. Both repairs should be done by a technician from a local appliance repair service.

WASHER WON’T FILL

If the water isn’t filling up in the washing machine, the hose could be disconnected or twisted. The faucet could be shut off too. Look behind the appliance and see if any of these problems occur. Other reasons a washer won’t fill is if there is a clogged filter or if there is sediment buildup inside of the intake valve or if there is delayed cycle selection. You can call an appliance repairman to diagnose the issue if you are unable to.

WASHER FILLS & DRAINS AT SAME TIME

If the washer is filling the same time it is draining it will waste several gallons of water. This problem often occurs from a defective water inlet valve. Other causes include the water level switch, electrical circuit or air dome hose. Don’t attempt DIY washer repair for any of these issues. Call a professional.

WASHER WON’T SPIN

The first thing to check when a washing machine won’t spin is if the door is closed all the way. It is also a good idea to see if the belt is tight or worn. “If these aren’t issues, the problem could be the drive motor coupling or the clutch assembly might be the problem too. An appliance repairman near you can troubleshoot these washer problems,” according to John Hart, Owner Hart Appliance Repair.

WASHER VIBRATES EXCESSIVELY

Excessive vibration from a washing machine is often caused by an unbalanced load of clothing. The vibration could also occur if the washer is sitting unevenly. Damper pads beneath the legs can also be replaced and correct the problem. If these adjustments do not fix the problem you will want to call a professional appliance repair service.

WASHER MAKES LOUD NOISES

There are several causes for loud noises from washers. A loud noise could occur from a damaged pump motor and squealing noises mean the belt is worn. Grinding noises and crunching noises mean the agitator cogs are starting to slip and wear down. No noise is a good noise and it could mean a serious problem that needs professional attention.

HIRE AN APPLIANCE REPAIR COMPANY

You will want to hire a local appliance repair service if any of the issues above happen to your washing machine. You need to hire a service that is reliable and affordable and able to repair most brands – including GE, LG, Whirlpool, Sears and more. Ace Appliance Repair Index recommends the following service for washer repair:

Duncan Home Services
Bloomington, IN
(317) 749-0100
https://duncanhomeservices.us/bloomington-indiana

Hart Appliance Repair
Waukesha, WI
(262) 228-6355
www.hartappliancerepair.com

Manton Appliance Service
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 856-7200
www.mantonservice.com