While you might not have any problem calling a plumber for a burst pipe that is flooding your basement, you might be hesitant to call one for a dripping faucet. The faucet might not seem like that big of a problem, so why should you spend money on it?
If you’re like most homeowners that are on a budget, you probably try to be mindful of how often you’re spending money on outside repair services. When it comes to home appliances breaking down, you might wonder whether you really need to call in a professional or if you can DIY.
If you’re crafty with a tool kit, there’s a very high possibility there’s a DIY hack out there for you. At the same time, however, there are certain appliances where you might want to call a professional in for.
Keep reading to learn about some of the problems your appliances might face and find out whether you can fix it yourself or if you need a professional.
Rattling extractor hood
Your extractor hood removes grease, food smells, and smoke from your kitchen. But despite how important this appliance is, many homeowners ignore it when it starts rattling. As long as it’s working, who cares if it is noisy?
Well, a noisy extractor hood is actually a sign that there’s a blockage, either from grease or an external item. Try cleaning the fans. If the noise continues, don’t hesitate to contain someone who specializes in extractor hood repair.
Clogged water dispenser
It can be annoying to discover your fridge will no longer dispense water, but this is an easy problem to fix. Usually, this is the result of an ice buildup somewhere in the waterline.
Unplug your fridge, disconnect the waterlines, and try pushing the button to dislodge the water. If that doesn’t work, try letting the ice buildup thaw.
Microwave door will not shut
It can be really annoying when your microwave door doesn’t shut or when your microwave door pops open. Microwaves won’t work if the door is open, so a broken door makes the appliance useless.
Before you buy a new microwave, check to make sure there isn’t any damage to your door latch or torsion springs. Damage to one of these elements could result in the door not closing—but it is easy to buy and install new ones.
Glass stovetop is cracked
If you accidentally crack your glass stovetop with a heavy pan, don’t worry. While this is a frustrating problem, you won’t have to replace your entire stove.
You can buy replacement sheets of stovetop glass from most home improvement stores. It is possible for you to pop the old sheet off and install the new one with only a few tools. There are online guides that will walk you through the process.
Bad odors coming from dishwasher
You want your dishes to be completely clean and sanitized when they come out of your dishwasher, so when your dishwasher starts smelling like rotten food, you might question how clean your dishes really are.
This smell is a result of leftover food stuck in your dishwasher. It is time to clean your dishwasher. To get rid of the smell, scrub any food that you can see out of the dishwasher, and then run a cup of vinegar through the system.
Washing machine won’t drain
It is no fun to open your washing machine and discover laundry sitting in dirty water. You’ll want to check your drain hose for a clog. Shine a light through the hose to see if you spot anything. If you do, try to dislodge the clog.
If it isn’t the hose, it could be a damaged belt or drain. It is possible to replace these parts by yourself if you can find them. If you can’t, call a plumber.
AC coils are icy
Ice developing on the back of your AC unit is a common AC problem, but it isn’t normal. If you notice this occurring, it is usually a result of reduced airflow or because of low refrigerant.
Immediately turn the unit off, let the ice melt, and try replacing the filter. If that doesn’t help, call a professional to come check your evaporator coil. They’ll tell you if the coil can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced.
While there are certainly some problems you can fix yourself, there are other problems that will require the consultation of a specialist. If you're not sure if you can DIY a problem, look up possible solutions. If you don’t feel comfortable fixing it yourself, contact a professional.