Common Failures of Household Appliances and How to Fix Them

There is some truth in the saying that nothing lasts forever. That could be the last bottle of your favourite wine or the washing machine you bought five years ago that you thought would last another five.

Either way, things will always need to be replaced. In the case of white and brown goods, you have the option to attempt a repair. This won’t always be easy or straightforward but most breakdowns can be attributed to common problems. If your dryer needs rescuing from the brink, read on to see if it can be saved.

Your Electric Oven Won’t Heat

As good as electric ovens are when they’re working properly, they serve as no more than an expensive ornament when they’re not. All electric ovens contain one or more heating elements that can sometimes burn out so this is where you should start.

  • Unplug your oven or disable its fuse if its hardwired into the mains.

  • You then want to open its front door and locate its heating element. This will usually be near the bottom of the oven’s floor.

  • With the use of a torch, unscrew the heating element and remove it from its housing.

  • Use a pair of pliers to coax the wire connections through their hole and into the oven compartment. If the wire’s terminals are frayed then replace them with new ones.

  • If they appear to be fine and aren’t burnt out then the problem is likely your element. With the use of a multimeter you can test the element and see it if needs replacing.

Your electric Dryer Won’t Heat

Another common problem is the failure of electric tumble dryers. To diagnose the fault, complete the following:

  • Unplug your dryer and then remove the rear panel with a screwdriver.
  • Locate the thermofuse and visually inspect it for damage. If it looks as if its burnt out then replace it.

  • If this doesn’t solve the problem then locate the heating element and then disconnect its wires. With the use of a multimeter you can test this element to see if it’s the problem.

  • If no reading is provided then you will need to replace the entire heating element.

Your Washing Machine Won’t Spin

No one looks back fondly on the years they spent washing clothes at a launderette so if your washing machine has broken down, try and get it repaired ASAP.

  • Your lack of spin cycle or any movement at all is likely to be caused by a failed wax motor.

  • Consult your washing machine’s manual and locate where your wax motor is likely to be installed.

  • Access this area of the machine and disconnect the motor. Use a multimeter to test it and replace it if its resistance reading isn’t between 1500 – 1900 ohms.

If all of the above fails then it’s time to call in the professionals. Any good engineer will be able to diagnose the problem and then supply and fit the parts you need. The washing machine repair cost in Solihull is competitive so seek more than one quotation. If the oven is your problem instead, then we’re sure your chosen engineer will still be able to assist.

Don’t replace your faulty household appliances without first having a go at a repair. You will more than likely be able to save a lot of money.

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