Repair of a home appliance must always start with an assessment of whether it is cheaper to repair the appliance or discard it and purchase a newer version of it. The “rule of thumb” is that if the repair is near 50 per cent of the cost of a newer version; do not repair it; replace it. If replacement is the solution, check local merchants to see if they have a floor model or a “scratched or dented” model for sale at a substantial discount compared to a new one without any cosmetic damage.
Before you call a repair service or a retailer of the appliance, try this troubleshooting guide to determine what is the most likely fault of the appliance. Following are common symptoms of dishwasher and washing machine/dryer problems. The troubleshooting steps presented immediately afterward provide solutions to these common problems. • Water will not drain from the appliance at the end of its cycle. • Water flowing into the appliance is not what it should be. • Appliance will not operate. No lights are on. When the start button is pushed, nothing happens. • The appliance leaks either from the bottom or at the door. • The appliance goes through its cycles, but the dishes or clothes are not clean or are wet at the end of the cycles.
On some dishwasher models, there is a strainer below the sprayer arm. If there is a strainer, it can be taken out, cleaned and replaced. • On dishwashers and washing machines/dryers there is a gasket around the door. This gasket eventually loses its ability to prevent water leakage. Replace the gasket when this occurs by contacting an appliance repair firm.
Check switches and timers on the appliance. If power is available but the appliance does not run, the likely problem is a defective switch on a door, timer or selector. To solve the door problem, the door latches need adjustment. This is a common fault of older appliances. After the door has been opened and closed hundreds of times, it can become loose and prevent the appliance from turning on or the appliance will turn on and operate, but it leaks.Contact an appliance repair firm. • Check the water inlet and outlet points. Sometimes debris gets caught in the inlet valve and prevents water from being available to the appliance. Or, the blockage prevents water from being adequately discharged from the appliance during the rinse or final cycle. Contact an appliance repair firm to make these repairs.
If any of the above symptoms appear to describe the problem, try any or all of these steps to fix it, or to determine the most likely fault that needs repair. • Be sure the power is on, the door is fully closed, and the lock is engaged. There is usually a latch or a screw that keeps the appliance from falling forward when the door is open. You must undo this latch or screw and gently, so you do not mark the floor, work the appliance away from the wall to see if the electrical plug is in its socket. If the plug is in the socket, try the breaker to see if it is tripped. If you determine the breaker has not tripped and power is available to the appliance, you know the problem is an electrical fault in the appliance. If there is no electrical power to the appliance, contact the appliance repairs Brisbane or bayside appliance repair firm.
If the temperature where the appliance resides drops below 5C, some gaskets lose their ability to prevent leakage. Appliances can leak around the door just from being in a room that is too cold. Heat the room to “normal” temperate, such as 20C, and the leak may stop. • After the troubleshooting steps are completed, you should be able to determine if a repair person is needed, or you need to purchase a newer version of the appliance.