As a homeowner, you're completely responsible for the care and upkeep of the appliances you use. Of course, they may have manufacturer warranties and so on, but by and large you're the one in charge. So when you're having incidents with your appliances that don't seem troublesome enough to call a repair person but do seem to be causing problems, you may want to try some DIY tips for dealing with easy appliance repairs. Here are some quick troubleshooting tips for common problems you may be having with your appliances.
Water heater troubleshooting If your water heater stops providing hot water, you may simply need to replace a burner that's burned out. If the water heater is leaking, you may need to replace the temperature pressure relief valve, which is a fairly easy fix. Of course, leaks can also be much more serious and require tank replacement. Locate the temperature pressure relief valve to determine if the leak is originating from there; if so, it may simply need to be replaced.
Refrigerator troubleshooting If your refrigerator is leaking, you may have a problem with the seals in your supply lines that lead to the ice maker or to the dispenser on the door (these can get brittle over time and become leaky), or you may have simply a clogged drain line in the freezer which will require defrosting (empty the freezer and locate the drain on the freezer's floor to ascertain if it's blocked up with ice or not). Or if your refrigerator simply shuts off, it could be that it's overheated, perhaps because you haven't cleaned the refrigerator coils in years and they're unable to cool sufficiently. If you clean these coils off, then once the overheated parts cool down and the fridge running again it won't have an overheating problem anymore and will be able to keep your food cool as before.
Dishwasher troubleshooting If your dishwasher is leaking, you'll want to first check the pump seals and door seals, which can fail over time after becoming brittle and less flexible (or sooner if they're defective). Or if it refuses to start, you may need a new door latch or new thermal fuse. And finally, if you find that it doesn't clean dishes as efficiently as it once did, the spray assembly may need to be cleaned out in order to spray water correctly across the contents of the dishwasher.
For more information, contact local professionals like Collier County Appliance Service, Inc.