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Large appliances play a pretty big role in our homes. They make our food, clean our dishes, wash our clothes, heat us up, and cool us down. When one stops working, it can be pretty tempting to hire a professional to take a look. However, you might be able to save a nice chunk of change by taking a look at the problem yourself. Here are some tips that you can use to troubleshoot two particularly troublesome appliances: the refrigerator and the clothes dryer.
Is it making strange noises?
Fridges tend to make a bit of noise throughout the day. If your fridge is making noise, then that means that it is currently working to correct the temperature. In hot months, your fridge should make noise more often, since it will need to work more. However, if you feel that your fridge is making too much noise for the current climate, then you might actually be correct. If you are able to, you should move the fridge a bit away from the wall so that you can take a look at the back. The condenser fan might be dirty or blocked, which could be responsible for the noise.
Is it leaking water?
Unfortunately, this problem can have quite a few potential explanations. The low temperature of the fridge relative to the surrounding environment means that condensation will occur, resulting in a lot of water. If you have the DIY experience, you can try to take a look at the filter, the defrost drain, and even the ice tray. If there is a problem in one of these areas, then it is likely responsible for the leak.
Is it not rotating?
This is actually a pretty common problem with a simple solution. The belt is likely broken, and it will probably need to be replaced. If you do it yourself, you could save a lot of money that a professional might charge you.
Is it making weird noises?
If your dryer is making too much noise, then there could be a problem with the rollers. These things support the central drum, but tend to degrade and get worn out over long periods of time. Replacing them might make your noise problem go away.
Remember to always take the proper safety precautions before handling large appliances. They are heavy and tend to use large amounts of electricity, both of which can be extremely dangerous if handled improperly.
If none of these tips prove helpful, or if you don't feel confident attempting repairs on your own, contact a local appliance service for assistance.Share