Imagine you’ve come home from a day’s work. After unwinding a bit, you open the door to your refrigerator to begin dinner preparations, only to find your meat and dairy items aren’t nearly as cold as they should be. Dinner plans go out the window as you scramble to find a solution to your refrigerator woes.
There is no worse timing for an appliance to give out than right at the moment you need them! Before you request assistance, here are a few troubleshooting suggestions that may keep you from needing Waukesha appliance repair in our coldest winter months.
Refrigerator Isn’t Cooling Properly
- Clean the Seal: The seal on refrigerator doors can often have food particles or other grime that allow cool air to slowly filter out of the appliance. Use a solution of baking soda and water applied with a toothbrush, then wipe the rubber seal down with a wet cloth.
- Dust the Coils: Dirty coils make the refrigerator work harder to cool down, often resulting in higher temperatures. Located your refrigerator’s coils (either at the front base or the back of fridge) and use the brush attachment on your vacuum to clear any dust or debris.
- Check the Fan Motor: The refrigerator relies on the evaporator fan motor to cool it’s compartments. Locate the fan motor (often inside the freezer) and see if you can move the fan blades. If you cannot, you likely need a new motor.
Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry
- Check the Vent: If the vent is clogged, the dryer won’t be able to heat properly. Regular cleaning should be performed by a professional since the process usually entails taking the appliance apart.
- Power Connection: While simple, this step is easily overlooked. Check to make sure the power source hasn’t been bumped or disconnected. You may even try unplugging and reconnecting an electric dryer.
Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning the Dishes
- There’s No Water: Make sure the water shut-off valve is open. If the valve is open, but the dishwasher still isn’t getting water during the fill cycle, the valve may need to be replaced.
- More Soap: If you’re dishes aren’t coming out as clean as they should be, try using more soap. If there are two soap compartments and you’ve only been filling one, try filling both.
- Clean Your Dishwasher: It’s a good idea to periodically clean your dishwasher to remove any calcium build-up that has occurred. Calcium build-up often leaves a smokey film on dishes, most noticeable on glassware. There are a variety of dishwasher cleaners available for purchase.
If after following the above troubleshooting tips you still find your appliance isn’t functioning as it should, feel free to give us a call at Lake Country Home Services. We know the added stress that can come with an appliance breaking down without warning, as well as how difficult it can be to merely stay on top of the upkeep. Whether you’re in need of a Waukesha appliance repair or routine maintenance, our service men are highly qualified to help with whatever you need. We are here to help you keep your appliances in tip-top shape this winter!