To keep your household appliances running smoothly, we have five easy fixes for common problems:
Possible fix: Dust and pet fur may be smothering the heat-dissipating condenser coils, which are the black coils located at the back or beneath the unit. Clean them off using a condenser-coil cleaning brush ($9).
Possible fix: Push the reset button located beneath or on the side of the unit and use a quarter-inch Allen wrench in the bottom of the unit to free up the motor. You can also get a special garbage disposer wrench if you'd like. ($0-$7))
Possible fix: Clean out the lint buildup in dryer venting from the inside of the dryer to the outside. Hire professionals or make it a low-cost, DIY job using a long dryer vent cleaning brush ($39). A related fix could be cleaning or replacing the lint filter ($20-$35), which may become coated and clogged due to dryer sheet residue.
Possible fix: Level the machine by adjusting the front and rear legs. Consult the owner’s manual for instructions on this process, as it varies by brand and for front or top-load models. ($0)