If you cannot afford to pay for new appliances and something needs to be replaced, used appliances are a great choice. These are often like-new or refurbished appliances that a repair service has to sell to customers just like you. Your used appliance may have a little wear and tear, but it is going to have the same problems that you could have with new products. Knowing how to troubleshoot your appliance problems will help prevent potential damage and save you on the cost of repairs or replacement. Here are some used appliance troubleshooting tips to save you from big headaches and repair bills:
1. Always Check the Power When Appliances Stop First
The first thing that you want to check with an appliance that is not working is the power. Check to make sure that the appliance is plugged in. You will also want to check your breaker box or any appliance power switches to make sure that they have not been turned off. If your appliance has a problem with water damage and short-circuiting, you will want to make sure the appliance is unplugged and turned off at the breaker box.
2. Appliances with Water Lines and Shut Off Valves That Get Turned Off
There are several appliances around your home that use water lines, such as the washing machine or ice maker and water dispenser in a refrigerator. If you have just installed your appliance, check to make sure the water supply is turned on, which was probably turned off when old appliances were removed, or new plumbing connections installed.
3. Modern Sensor Systems on Doors and Gaskets That Trip Safety Settings
Even if you get a used appliance, you may get a fancy refrigerator door that beeps at random or a dryer with alien error codes that cause it to not come on. These problems are often related to the sensors of doors or gaskets that have moved out of place. For a washing machine, it could be the gasket around the door causing your appliance to not turn on. If your refrigerator randomly beeps even when the door has been closed, check the rubber seal around the door for the cause of the problem.
4. Things You Should Not Mess with And Fuse Buttons That Trip in Appliances
Many modern appliances have a maze of circuitry inside them, which includes microchips, control modules and even tiny little fuse buttons that are often red or black. For instance, in a washer and dryer combo appliance, there is a heating element inside that may overheat and trip a heat sensor relay button or fuse. Removing the top and pressing the button often solves problems with drying functions not working. These safety relays or breakers may be used on other appliances if you look inside. It is important to not do DIY repairs if you have short circuit problems from things like water damage; in this case, contact an appliance service for help.
These are some used appliance troubleshooting tips that could help you keep your cash in your pocket. If your appliance has water issues and problems with short-circuiting or wiring, contact an electrician to check it out and ensure it is safe to use. To learn more, contact a company like Street Brothers Electric.