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How to Fix Appliance Problems That Are Making You Go Crazy

If you’re like most homeowners, you have a major appliance in your home that hasn’t worked properly for months. Or maybe even years. You’ve gone through the troubleshooting steps provided by the manufacturer, but they didn’t solve the problem. You’ve called in a repair service company or even replaced the appliance to no avail. Right?

When you have a problem with an appliance, it’s easy to think you’ll never get it fixed. There are so many calls to make and tasks to complete before you can even get the repair work started. You’re not alone in your struggle. I’ve actually had to fix my oven before and I know how frustrating it can be.

This next short guide can help with those appliances problems that are making you go crazy.

Dryer won’t heat up

If your dryer won’t heat up, the problem is usually either with the belt or the thermal fuse. The belt starts to break down and wear out after about a year. When this happens, your dryer will not be able to turn the drum and spin it. You can check this by pulling the dryer out as far as you can, then opening it up by removing the screws on the back panel.

If you find that your belt is broken or cracked, then you will have to replace it. If not, then you may have a thermal fuse that needs replaced. To test this out, unplug your dryer and remove all the screws from the back panel cover. Take off the cover and look for a small black box near where the vent hose connects to the back of your dryer. This is called a thermal fuse and it protects your dryer from overheating or burning up if there is something blocking or restricting air flow through its heating element.

Your thermostat is broken

If your thermostat breaks, it can be a major pain in the neck. In addition to being inconvenient, it also means that you might end up paying more for your utilities. The good news is that there are a number of ways to fix your broken thermostat, so you’ll be able to get back on track with little time and effort.

First things first: make sure that the problem isn’t with your heating unit itself or some other part of your HVAC system. If the temperature in your home fluctuates wildly from one room to another or when you’re away from home, then there may be something wrong with your furnace or air conditioner.

If the temperature stays stable throughout your house and doesn’t change when you’re away from home, then there’s probably something wrong with your thermostat.

The drum belt of your washing machine is broken

The drum belt of a washing machine is one of the most common reasons for a washing machine to stop working. The belt connects the motor to the pulley, which turns and drives the agitator and tumbler during the wash cycle. If the belt breaks and you don’t fix it, then you’ll find yourself having to hand-wash all your clothes. But if you’re handy with a screwdriver, this problem can be fixed in just minutes.

To repair a broken drum belt on a top-loading washing machine:

Step 1 – Remove cover screws and take off panel

Step 2 – Remove agitator

Step 3 – Unhook wires from motor or pump and pull out slightly so they clear pulley housing

Step 4 – Remove screws holding pulley assembly in place and rotate counterclockwise until it comes off spindle shaft

Step 5 – Install new pulley assembly onto spindle shaft by rotating clockwise until it seats fully against shaft.

A dryer door seal isn’t sealing

If you notice that the seal around your dryer door is cracked or damaged, that could be causing hot air to escape into your laundry room instead of being trapped inside the dryer drum. This means your clothes will take longer to dry and will come out less wrinkle-free than usual. To fix this problem, remove the screws from around your dryer door and lift up on it slightly to give yourself access to the top of the door seal. Remove any loose material with a screwdriver or other tool and then apply a bead of caulk along the entire length of the door seal before replacing it onto your appliance.

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