Your washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher or even toaster and coffee maker all work wonderfully, until the day that they don't. Appliance apps on your smartphone can give you tips on how to make minor repairs as well as resources for bigger problems. Here are four great ones.
The App Institute put together this free program so that you can find what's broken, make minor repairs with video tutorials, and request assistance for bigger fixes through a trained team. There are no cons to this app.
This Dozuki app allows anyone to go in and edit the manual to add more useful information. You can also add your own repair experiences to help others going through the same issue. Other features include helpful pictures and step-by-step instructions.
This program from Bill Postans is intended to save you money through simple DIY repairs. You can scroll through basic appliances, select the one that's broken, and get fixing tips. The only con is that it doesn't diagnose issues.
This informational app by GCS Publishing, Inc. features video tutorials and articles about taking care of repairs that go beyond appliances to encompass the entire home. The only con is that you may find it somewhat limiting since it's more about facts than guides.
While the world of appliance repairs may not seem overly humorous for any specific reason, there is a world of inside jokes in the field that those in the know appreciate.
1. You know you're a technician when you see a good design and you still have to change it.
2. How many psychiatrists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: First, the light bulb has to want to change.
3. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? Answer: You open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put the elephant in and close the door."
4. What did the mayo say when someone opened the refrigerator door? Answer: Close the door, I'm dressing!"
5. The officer said to the soldier, "Private, why did you salute the refrigerator?" The soldier replied, "Because it was General Electric." "And that jeep?" Asked the Officer. Replied the soldier, "Because it was General Motors."
6. Why don't men do laundry? Answer: Because the washer and dryer don't run on remote control!
7. What happened to the leopard that fell into the washing machine? Answer: He came out spotless.
8. Why did the boy close his eyes before opening the refrigerator? Answer: He didn't want to see the the salad dressing.
9. What did the wall outlet say to the appliance? Answer: You're grounded.
Lastly, the tried and true classic:
10. Is your refrigerator running? Then go catch it!!!
Rattling during the spinning cycle is a common occurrance.
Your rattling is probably caused by an improperly balanced load that can be easily solved. To solve this dilemma, try the following procedure:
* Simply open the lid.
* Wait for the barrel to quit spinning.
* Lift the wet items up. Move them around a bit and redistribute the load.
* Close the lid. The spinner should start automatically.
If the rattling still occurs, repeat the procedure above. If it continues, you may need to call in a professional.
You should not use an air conditioner unit in a room without installing it in a window- or rather, it won't be much use. The reason you must install it in a window is because the unit vents waste hot air. Basically, the unit takes in the warmer air of the room, runs it through the cooling system to take out the heat, and returns cool air while venting the heat out the back.
Does your circuit breaker trip when using the washing machine? There are many potential causes for this problem, but some washing machine parts can be checked for malfunctions in this area. Your washing machine has a heater circuit, a motor assembly, water pump, and a drainage system. If water gets into the circuits, the motor, or other electrical washing machine parts, this can bring you some headaches like tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If you are a beginner level do-it-yourselfer, you may not have the expertise to properly deal with this issue. Call in an expert who has the proper tools to diagnose this problem. If you understand how to handle low insulation fault issues, you most likely already have the equipment and know-hot to test your washing machine parts properly. Whether you own GE, Maytag, Kenmore, or other washer parts, you will need to examine the major components of the machine to figure out where the trouble lies.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|