Mission Viejo Appliance Repair Tips

Washing Machine Safety Tip
Before making repairs, pull the plug and turn off the faucets. Note: Appliance models vary; see your owner's manual for information specific to your washer.
When your washing machine doesn't work.
Check for:

  • Proper power supply.
  • Unplugged or defective cord.
  • Blown fuse or circuit breaker.
  • Kinked water supply or drain hose.


  • Repair power supply.
  • Plug in or replace cord.
  • Replace fuses or turn circuit breaker back on.
  • Straighten the kink. If you can't, replace the hose.

Washer doesn't fill.
To repair washer Check for:

  • Blocked water inlet screens.
  • Clogged filters
  • A kink in one of the hoses
  • Timer that is not set
  • Defective timer or temperature selector.


  • Clean or replace water inlet screens.
  • Check the inlet hose filters and clean them.
  • Straighten the water supply hoses.
  • Turn the timer slightly or press the buttons firmly.
  • Replace timer or temperature selector*
    *Problem is best left to a professional.

Oversudsing causes leaks and blocks drains. To reduce the suds, pour 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with some cold water into the washer repair. Next time, use less detergent (try low-suds type) to insure that washer won’t break again and need washuing machine repair….
Water temperature not right?
Be sure the faucets are fully open, screens in the water inlet valve or hoses aren't clogged, and there's lot's of hot water.
Washer repair won't spin or begins to vibrate.
The wash load may be too large or out of balance. Try removing some of the items or redistribute the load.
Washer repair doesn't agitate.
Check for:

  • Loose or broken drive belt.
  • Defective agitator solenoid.


  • Tighten or replace belt
  • Replace agitator solenoid*
    *Problem is best left to a professional.

Washer doesn't spin.
Washing Machine Repair Check for:

  • Loose or broken drive belt.
  • Defective lid safety switch, timer, or spin solenoid.


  • Tighten or replace belt.
  • Replace switch, timer, or spin solenoid.*
    *Problem is best left to a professional.

Washing machine doesn't drain.
Check for:

  • Jammed or defective drain pump.

Troubleshooting an Electric Clothes Dryer
Dryers are classified according to the kind of power that provides their heat-either electricity or gas. But even a gas dryer repair uses electricity for all its non-heating actions. When your dryer repair doesn't do its job, look first to the basics. Is it plugged in? Is the cord defective? Has the dryer's fuse blown or has the circuit breaker tripped? Clean the lint trap and use a vacuum or a piece of wire to remove any lint from the exhaust duct. If the load seems too wet to dry efficiently, to repair the dryer, put it through the washer's spin cycle again.
Safety Tip - Before doing any work on your dryer, pull the plug. Turn off the gas supply to a gas dryer, at ether the appliance shutoff or the main shutoff valve. Should you smell gas, get out of the house immediately.

Guide to Symbols

G - Gas heater only
E - Electric heater only

Note: Appliance models vary; see your owner's manual for information specific to your dryer repair.
Dryer Repair: Drum doesn't rotate, though dryer turns on.
Check for:

  • Defective start switch, door switch, or timer.
  • Loose or broken drum belt.
  • Loose or broken idler pulley or spring.
  • Defective support roller, centrifugal switch, or motor.


  • Replace start switch, door switch, or timer.*
  • Tighten loose belt.
  • Replace broken belt.*
  • Replace idler pulley or spring.*
  • Replace support roller, centrifugal switch or motor.*
    *Problem is best left to a professional.

Dryer Repair: Dryer doesn't heat, though drum rotates.
Check for:

  • Defective temperature control or timer.
  • Defective over heat protector.
  • E - Power off.
  • E - Defective heating element.

Giving conscientious routine care, a refrigerator will usually perform its tasks for years with a minimum of problems. Refrigerators are categorized according to the way frost is removed from them.

  • Standard Refrigerator repair - Defrosts when the power is turned off and the frost is permitted to melt slowly away on it's own or with the aid of pans of hot water placed in the freezer.
  • Cycle-Defrost Model - A heater that is turned on when the temperature on the evaporator reaches a preset point, keeps the refrigerator compartment free of frost, but the freezer requires manual defrosting every few months to conduct freezer repair.
  • Frost-Free Refrigerator – to repair refrigerator Frost from both compartments is continually melted away by a heater that turns on for 20 -30 minutes, two or three times a day. Clearly, this type of refrigerator repair offers the ultimate in convenience, though it's somewhat more prone to problems and is considered less energy-efficient.

Keeping the Drain Pan Clean
In automatically defrosted models, water from the melting frost flows out a drain in the floor of the refrigerator and into a pan, where it evaporates. Food particles can be carried along, clogging the drain and causing odors. Clean the drain regularly by following these steps:

  • Remove the stopper.
  • Use a pipe cleaner or similar device to push any accumulations through to the drain pan below.
  • Force a solution made from soap, ammonia, and water through the drain.
  • Empty the pan and wash it.

Refrigerator Door Gasket
When refrigerators close, what happens to repair is the door gasket, if washed often with soapy water, will usually last as long as the refrigerator repair. Check to see if it is sealing well by closing a dollar bill in the door. If you feel a resistance when you pull it out, the gasket is holding. Repeat the test in several places. If your gasket does not pass this test, it should be replaced.
Refrigerator Temperature Settings
Temperature settings for refrigerator and freezer compartments are given arbitrary numbers for example (1 through 9, warmest to coldest) by manufacturers, but generally 37 degrees F is ideal for the refrigerator repair compartment and 0 degrees F for the freezer. If you suspect a problem, test the temperatures with a refrigerator or outdoor thermometer.