5 Common Household Appliance Problems

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Appliances help make our lives easier but given their longer lifespans, it is likely you will run into a performance issue once or twice. Over the years, our Grand Rapids appliance repair experts have been called to homes for this very reason and fixed countless refrigerators, stoves, dryers, dishwashers, and more.

Here are 5 of the most experienced issues involving major household appliances.

1. Refrigerator Leaks Water

The main job of your fridge is to keep food cold and fresh for longer periods of time. What it is not supposed to do is create a puddle of water on your kitchen floor. Family members could slip and your floor could become damaged all thanks to the water. Fortunately, despite being inconvenient and annoying, a leaking refrigerator is fixable.

It is important to first ask yourself: How old is the refrigerator? On average, refrigerators last about 13 years but this depends on the model and year it was purchased. The cause of the leak could be age, in which case our appliance repair professionals may recommend replacement if possible.

Other reasons for a leaking refrigerator include:

  • Appliance is not tilted properly
  • Drain pan is damaged
  • Defrost drain is blocked causing fridge condenser coils to work harder
  • Water supply line is frozen or clogged

Our Apex Appliance team can diagnose the source of the leak for you in short order and make the necessary fixes or adjustments. If what is leaking turns out to be coolant instead of water, please allow our professionals to contain and dispose of it properly as it is toxic.

2. Dishwasher No Longer Drains

Standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher is not what you want to see. Towards the end of a normal wash cycle, the dirty water should drain via the connection beneath your sink. If it is still there, there could be an issue worth investigating.

Before giving our appliance repair specialists a call, we recommend running your garbage disposal if you have one. Sometimes intact food or leftover food “sludge” settles inside of the drainpipe that’s below the disposal. Running the disposal and clearing the blockage out can allow your dishwasher to drain again.

Don’t have a garbage disposal or already tried running yours to no avail? We can check your appliance’s drain connection and determine if we need to order new dishwasher parts. Possible culprits could include the drain hose or drain pump.

3. Dryer Not Drying Clothes Properly

After waiting a decent amount of time for your clothes to dry, the last thing you expect is to unload your dryer and find them still wet. Our dryer repair technicians can evaluate the problem and if needed, work to restore the appliance’s drying power.

Sometimes, however, there could be a simple reason why your dryer is not working properly. A disrupted power source, lint buildup, settings adjustment, or blocked vent may be causing the issue and should be checked. No one wants a damp pile of clothes so if you need help with your dryer, do not hesitate to call our Grand Rapids location.

4. Gas Range Won’t Light or Heat Up

A lot of homeowners have electric ranges, but for those who cook with the gas variety, there are times when the burners or oven will not heat up. They might even have trouble lighting which can complicate your next meal.

Your gas range may not be lighting or heating like usual because:

  • The gas line somehow got closed
  • Gas is running freely or unlit which can be dangerous and cause larger damage
  • The pilot light is out
  • Spark igniter electrodes in the burner have come loose
  • The burner caps or valve is clogged

Whatever the cause, our appliance repair professionals are here to help and get your gas range back in tip-top shape.

5. Front-Loading Washing Machine Has Mold Around Door

While most common appliance breakdowns require the assistance of our skilled technicians, you can easily solve this particular issue on your own. To clean your front-loading washing machine, start by running a hot cycle with 5-16 cups of white vinegar.

Once the cycle is finished, wipe any residue left behind between washes and dry out the inside of the drum, door, and door seals with a clean, dry cloth. We recommend also drying the door seals after each load and washing with vinegar monthly to prevent any mold from coming back.

Get Back to Normal With Our Help Today

Our appliance repair experts in Grand Rapids, MI, would be more than happy to ease your stress and fix what has broken or worn out. Call Apex Appliance today at (616) 363-9894 or contact us online to get started.

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