Often homeowners don’t give their washing machine and dryer a second thought until they begin to act up. We rely on these appliances each week–and some families may use them every day. While many small maintenance tasks can be completed at home such as cleaning out lint traps, there are times when you should not hesitate to call your reliable appliance technician.
You Smell Gas
A gas odor can be a dangerous problem. If you smell gas in your laundry room, you should shut the gas valve to your dryer and call your repair technician ASAP. In some cases, a build-up of fabric sheet residue in your filter could be causing the gas-like odor; on the other hand, you can’t take a chance that there is a gas leak. In this case, call your appliance repair person for an emergency visit.
Your Washing Machine is Leaking
A leaking washing machine can pose serious damage to your flooring. If you have a leak, it may mean that a hose is cracked or has come loose. If you aren’t sure of the issue, your appliance technician will be able to troubleshoot the problem in no time. The sooner you deal with a leak, the better. The leak could become more severe and leave you with a larger mess.
The Dryer Doesn’t Dry Your Clothes
If you’re clothes require more than one cycle to dry (and you haven’t overloaded the dryer), you can usually fix this issue by cleaning out the vent from you dryer to the outdoors. If the vent is clear, you could have a clog internally. The heating element of your dryer may also be faulty. If you remove all lint and the issue remains, it’s time to call a repair technician to investigate the trouble.
Washer Doesn’t Fill Properly
When a washing machine won’t fill as usual, there could be an issue with the control panel. As many panels are designed with great complexity, it’s a good idea to have someone experienced and trained to look into this problem. If you start fumbling with your control panel on your own and without proper know-how, you could damage other areas of the controls, which will lead to costlier repairs.
Washer Doesn’t Drain
If your washing machine drains poorly or not at all, you might have a blockage in the plumbing. You could route your drain, but if there is not issue with your utility sink, you might have a problem with the machine’s pump. If your pump is shot or needs repairing, your repair person can usually correct this issue in one visit.
In today’s DIY climate, many homeowners are enthusiastic about fixing what they can. When it comes to major appliances, however, it’s best to call professionals who have the tools and training to deal with all manner of problems that plague these essential machines. Rather than make the situation worse, call your repair person for a visit to tackle problems like these.