Simple Fixes For Common Appliance Problems

Your household appliances can be the lifeline of your home including your washer, dryer, microwave, dishwasher, and more importantly, your HVAC system. When these appliances go on the brink it can be an inconvenience. In fact, you’re left with the decision of hiring a professional or taking it on as a DIY project.

Experts will agree that the nature of the malfunction will determine how to tackle the problem. Major issues with your appliance should be handled by a professional, but simple fixes can be handled by the individual and save you money when you’re attempting to hire a professional for minor appliance repairs.

Fixes for Common Appliance Issues

Washing Machine

If your washing machine won’t clean your clothes, there’s a simple fix. Try loading the machine with fewer clothes so there’s more soap and rinse water for each piece of clothing. Also, try using less detergent — too much will simply re-deposit lint and other particles back on your clothes.

If your washing machine won’t drain, oftentimes there’s debris or a piece of fabric torn that’s clogging the pump.

If it makes a horrible racket sound during the wash cycle, you may need to adjust the legs. Screw the front or rear legs until both are level on the floor.

Washing Machine Tips

  1. Don’t overload OR underload. Smaller loads can off-balance future wash cycles, which can put a lot of strain on your system.

  2. Check your connections at least twice a year. This helps ensure both the cold and hot water faucets aren’t leaking and your drain line is working properly.


Is your fridge light out? Clean the plunger switch on the fridge frame with warm water. If you have a noisy refrigerator, simply re-level the unit or place it on a soundproof mat.

You might also have to unclog your drainage tube at the bottom of your refrigerator. You can clear it out by flushing a mixture of (1 tsp) baking soda and (2 cups) warm water.

Refrigerator Tips

  1. Always make sure you are completely shutting the door to make sure it’s airtight.

  2. Set your refrigerator temperature to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


We run our dishwashers a lot throughout the week, so they’re bound to have a problem every so often. If the dishwasher door is leaking, clear the obstructions that are preventing the door from closing all the way.

If your dishwasher is pooling with water and not draining, you have a clogged filter. Filters can be cleaned by hand — just shake them out over the sink and soak them in a vinegar solution.

Garbage Disposal

Did you know your garbage disposal has an automated shutoff button when your system is overloaded or running hot? You can avoid expensive fees by pushing the reset button (located on the bottom of the motor inside of your cabinet). Once the appliance cools you can reset the garbage disposal. You can also avoid minor repair issues by keeping your garbage disposal free from clogs. If you hear a humming sound, but your disposal refuses to spin this could be a result of an item being clogged in your disposal.


It can be frustrating when one or more of the burners on the top of the stove aren’t working. You have to take more time to prepare meals, but there is a simple fix to help you get them operating in no time. Unfortunately, that rice that boiled over could have caused the igniter to go out. You can clean the igniter on each eye periodically to ensure that the top of your stove is working properly. On an electric stove look for the igniter under the burner as a ceramic nub. You can also spread the burner coils for a better electrical connection for a simple fix.

Light Socket

If you’re having an issue with an electrical socket, the most common repair issue is hitting the reset button that’s located on all standard outlets.

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