How to Repair a Water Heater

Your home’s hot water heater makes it possible for you to take a nice hot shower, wash your clothes in warm water, and it supplies the water for your dishwasher. “These appliances have an average life of around 10 years and there are both electric and gas models,” says Bob Pitt, who provides appliance repair in Honolulu, HI. So, if you live in your home for 30, it is likely that you are going to have to repair it a few times and replace it a few times too. There are some issues that a homeowner can handle on their owner.


Below, we have compiled a list of issues that can happen in gas and electric water heaters. If there is an issue that is specific to one type, we will make sure to point it out:


A water heater that isn’t making the water hot, is a water heater that is not doing its’ job. “This is a big problem and a full diagnostic test is going to need to be run on it,” according to Michael Robles of Beaverton Appliance Repair. This is a test that is going to require the knowledge and experience of a professional. They are likely going to find that the control valve or the heater element is the problem.


This is an issue that only happens in gas water heaters. The thermocouple is the part of the water heater that lights the pilot light and if the pilot light is out, the thermocouple is probably broken. This is a complicated problem and you are going to need to call in a professional to fix this. If this seems to be working, the thermostatic control valve is the next thing to check.


There are two thermostats that work together to make sure that the water is coming out at the right temperature, an upper and a lower. If the water is too hot, there is a problem with one of these thermostats. Once you have narrowed down which one, you can take care of the problem so that your water is coming out the temperature that it should be.


This problem is a simple identify and replace. There are two thermostats on the heater that are set at the same temperature. If one of these thermostats is not working properly, it will cause an inconsistent temperature. Once you have figured out which thermostat it is, all you need to do is replace it.


A majority of homes in America have hard water, which means that there are high levels of minerals in it. This hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up within the tank. This can happen in a gas or electric heater. This will require the mineral deposits to be cleaned out of the tank and the valves as well. In an electric heater, loud noises can also be caused by the heating element.


The problem will require a little investigating to figure out where the leak is coming from. The pressure relief valves, gaskets, and drain valves are the most likely sources of a leak. Make sure to go over the heater thoroughly to make sure that you have found the right part to replace.

There are other issues that can happen to your water heater. The ones that we have listed here are the ones that are most commonly encountered. Homeowners can handle the most common of issues, but in the event of a more complicated one, call in a professional to make sure that the job is done correctly. Here are some we recommend:

Elite Honolulu Appliance Repair
Honolulu, HI

True Baton Rouge Appliance Repair
Baton Rouge, LA

Katie’s Appliance Repair
Detroit, MI

Beaverton Appliance Repair
Beaverton, OR

Peach Appliance Repair
Atlanta, GA

Nashua Appliance Repair
Nashua, NH

How to Repair a Washing Machine

You are going to find a washing machine in a majority of homes and these appliances have an average life of about 10 years. And if there is a washing machine, you are likely going to find the matching dryer sitting right next to it. These are two appliances that many homeowners feel are a necessity because going to the laundromat is way too annoying and way too expensive.

“It is important to take good care of your washing machine with gentle use, and routine care and maintenance,” according to Ross Mackey, a professional appliance repair in Santa Barbara, CA. There are a wide range of different brands such as Whirlpool, LG, and Haier. No matter how well you take care of your washer, there is going to come a time when something breaks. Care, repair and maintenance are going to help to extend the life of your washing machine.


Here is a list of some of the most common issues that people encounter and ways in which to troubleshoot these problems. Some of these issues occur due to faulty construction, misuse, age or normal wear and tear:


This may seem silly, but you are going to need to check to make sure that the machine is plugged in and that the circuit breakers are all in the “on” position. You would be surprised how often one of these obvious issues is the answer. Once these have been checked, start with the door latch switches. “If these switches seem like they are functioning, check the electronic controls, timers, and thermal fuses,” says David Perdue, owner of Sparks Appliance Repair.


The agitation process in your washing machine is the process in which the clothes are tossed around in order to disperse the soap and water to get them clean. If this process is not happening, your clothes are not going to get clean the way that you need them to be. This problem can like be attributed to malfunctioning agitator cogs, coupler, transmission, or drive belt. The agitator cog should be the first on your list of things to inspect.


This problem is related to the water level within the washing machine. This problem is going to make it so that the washer doesn’t fill up with water as it needs to in order to wash your clothes. There are a number of different pressure switches that are located in different areas within the washer. You will need to go through and thoroughly inspect all of the different switches to see which one of them is causing this to happen.


Washers require a lot of water in order to appropriately wash your clothes and if something happens and this water begins to leak, it can cause a huge mess. It can also possibly cause a lot of damage, depending on where your washing machine is located. This problem needs to be addressed as soon as it arises so that it doesn’t get to this point. You will need to inspect the water inlet valve, the door seals for any wear and tear, and a pump that is worn out and leaking.


When these loud or unusual noises present themselves, it is usually the first sign that there is something going wrong with your washing machine. A washing machine is not a silent appliance, but it is going to be quite easy to differentiate regular noises with those that shouldn’t be there. These noises are likely coming from the pump motor, or a worn out bearing or belt.


More often than not, a burning smell coming from any household appliance (including your washing machine) is going to be a result of friction. This friction comes from two parts rubbing together that aren’t supposed to be. Drive belts and motor pulleys are the most likely to be causing this issue. A professional repair tech is going to be able to handle this quickly and easily for you.


Washing machines come equipped with leveling legs, shock absorbers, and dampening legs. These parts are there to make sure that they do not shake and rattle too much. Washing machines are naturally going to shake and rattle a little bit because of the weight of the water and clothes that are getting moved around due to the agitation cycle. These parts are easy to find and replace.

These are just some of the most common issues that happen with washing machines. There are plenty of other issues that can go wrong though. Make sure before attempting to repair your washing machine that you have the proper tools to do the job. If you don’t feel that you are up to the challenge that your washer may be presenting, never hesitate to call a local professional to come and help you out. Here are some we recommend:

Hesperia Appliance Repair Brothers
Hesperia, CA

Master Appliance Repair
San Francisco, CA

S.O.S. Santa Barbara Appliance Repair
Santa Barbara, CA

A DiChristopher Appliance Repair
Tampa, FL

Sparks Appliance Repair
Sparks, NV

How To Repair a Refrigerator

No kitchen is complete without a refrigerator. It’s a standard appliance in all homes throughout America. Refrigerators often include a freezer and come in various sizes and styles – including side-by-side, top freezer, bottom freezer and French door. There are several brands to choose from as well. Amana is one popular brand. “You should purchase a refrigerator that suits your lifestyle and accommodates everyone in your home,” says Darrin Sanders, specialist of appliance repair in Suffolk.

You will find that most refrigerators start to experience issues after 10 years. Better brands can last longer. You can extend the lifetime of a refrigerator with proper use and maintenance. Learn as much about the model you own from the manuals included with purchase. The more you know about your refrigerator, the better chance you can repair it if an issue does occur. Below, we have listed some of the most common problems that occur on refrigerators. You can contact us with questions concerning the list below or reach out to a local appliance repair company for their service (recommendations below).


The list includes troubleshooting tips, common causes for issues and recommendations for refrigerator repair service providers in areas of the USA:


Loud sounds are often the first sign of an appliance wearing down, whether it be the entire machine or one of the many parts inside. In the event loud noises start coming from a refrigerator, it is best to inspect the evaporator fan motor. You should also examine the condenser fan motor at the bottom of the appliance. One of these motors is likely the source of the loud noises and will need to be replaced in order to eliminate the sound.


You never want a leaking appliance. A leak is a sign of interior damage and water on the floor of your home can lead to property damage or an injury. You should address a leaking refrigerator right away. To do so, first inspect the water inlet valve inside of the appliance. This valve is connected to the water line on the back of the refrigerator. Another cause for a leaking refrigerator is a problem with the door latch or seal. This is a minor repair most homeowners can complete on their own.


The most common reason a refrigerator is without power is either (a) it is not plugged in or (b) a circuit breaker in the house tripped. Be sure the appliance is plugged into the outlet and that there is no damage to the cord and take a look at the circuit breaker box in the home for any tripped circuits. If neither are the problem, inspect the compressor overload relay as well as the thermostat on the refrigerator. You can also enlist the help of a professional to identify the problem on the refrigerator.


A refrigerator with a freezer unit typically includes an ice maker in most modern models. Unfortunately, ice makers are prone to several issues, including not making ice or making it extremely slow. The reasons for this problem are the water inlet valve as well as the water fill tubes. The ice maker itself could be broken too. Look over all three parts and determine which is causing the problem and then replace that part. You can purchase new ice maker parts from online appliance part distributors.


The worst problem with a refrigerator is if it isn’t cold enough to keep the food and beverages inside cool. The air inlet damper is one of the parts often responsible for this problem. Locate the air inlet damper and determine if it is still working correct or not. Then inspect the evaporator fan motor before examining the defrost thermostat, defrost heater and defrost timer. Because it can be hard to identify the cause of this problem, we advise calling a professional appliance repair company in order to ensure the refrigerator is fixed before food starts to spoil.


Believe it or not, both a freezer and refrigerator can get too cold. This can lead to frost on food and ruin it. The extreme cold can also put stress on the appliance. To determine the source of the problem, first inspect the thermistor and the temperature control on the refrigerator. Adjust the settings accordingly if set to too cold of a temperature. The next part to examine is the thermostat on the freezer and the defrost timer. Because this problem can ruin the food inside the refrigerator or freezer, it is best to address it ASAP or call on the services of a refrigerator repairman.

A refrigerator is more complicated than some other household appliances. We do feel that a homeowner can complete several of the repairs above, however, due to the complicated nature of the appliance, we often recommend hiring a professional for refrigerator repair and freezer repair. It is always best to call for help instead of attempting a repair and creating additional or worse problems in the process. Here are some of the best appliance repair companies to call on for refrigerator repair:

Hometown Suffolk Appliance Repair
Suffolk, VA

Reliable Redding Appliance Repair
Redding, CA

Ryan’s Appliance Repair
Winston-Salem, NC

Gold Pearland Appliance Repair
Pearland, TX

Valerio’s Appliance Repair
Jacksonville, FL

Ignite Miami Beach Appliance Repair
Miami Beach, FL

How to Repair a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are considered a small appliance. The machine reduces humidity levels in a home and helps to reduce the amount of allergens in the air. Dehumidifiers also reduce stress on air conditioners. Haier is considered to be the best dehumidifier brand. You do not have to replace a dehumidifier if it no longer turns on, collects water or if other problems occur. You can repair all of the parts of a dehumidifier and similar small appliances with the correct process, tools and parts.

Homeowners can save money in the long run by learning to repair small appliances on their own or hiring professional appliance repairmen for an affordable cost. APEX is here to help! The list below features some of the most common dehumidifier problems and how to repair them. You can contact us at any time or reach out to a local appliance repair service for their assistance.


Below is a list of problems that can occur on a residential dehumidifier unit including tips to troubleshoot and repair the issue:


There is a light indicator on a dehumidifier to notify the homeowner the water fill bucket is full and needs to be emptied. The indicator light should only turn on if the bucket is full. If the light turns on and the bucket is empty, inspect the float assembly for any possible malfunctions. Then review the float switch, sensor assembly and control board to determine the source of the error.


The main reason a dehumidifier won’t start or turn on is if the appliance is unplugged. Be sure the cord is plugged in and also double check that no circuit breakers are in the “OFF” position before continuing to inspect the dehumidifier. The parts on the appliance that can cause this problem to occur are the float assembly, sensor, humidistat, auto shutoff feature and control board. The level of damage will determine whether there is need to hire an appliance repairman near you.


Be on the lookout for ice on the coils of the appliance. This is a common problem that requires immediate attention from the homeowner or a professional technician. You will want to review the machine’s manual for specifications unique to the model and then troubleshoot the humidity control on the appliance. Also inspect the bi-metal thermostat and the fan motor in the process for any issues.


The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to collect and store the moisture from the air in a home. Your appliance is broken if it is not collecting moisture inside the bucket. This repair will require you to inspect several parts of the dehumidifier. The capacitor is a good place to start. “I recommend reviewing the fan motor, overload and control board on the machine for any signs of damage or malfunction,” says Craig Porter of appliance repair in Whittier.


Homeowners will generally run a dehumidifier on a constant basis during humid seasons which means the machine needs to stay on for long periods of time. If the dehumidifier is turning off unexpectedly, you will want to troubleshoot several parts of the appliance to determine the cause. The sensor on the machine is the first place to look and then the humidity control after that.

APEX is of the opinion that the standard homeowner can complete most of the repairs listed above. However, we never recommend proceeding with a repair you are not 100% comfortable with. In this case, it is our recommendation to review local appliance repair companies near your home to find one able to complete dehumidifier repair. We have identified a handful of local companies able to do so:

EZ Whittier Appliance Repair
Whittier, CA

Green Machine Appliance Repair
Seattle, WA

Leading Yuma Appliance Repair
Yuma, AZ

Newton Appliance Repair NOW
Newton, MA

Bud Mathews Services
Chapel Hill, NC

Choice Carmel Appliance Repair
Carmel, IN

Primo Appliance Repair
Long Beach, CA

How to Repair a Dishwasher

A dishwasher is a must-own appliance for most homeowners. You can save yourself several hours each week by installing a dishwasher in your kitchen. The downside is that a dishwasher is not the most durable type of kitchen appliance. A good brand and model will only last 10 years before issues start to arise. You can repair some of these issues on your own. Others will need the attention of a professional appliance repair company.

APEX has created a list of some of the most common dishwasher issues and how to repair them. Several of the repairs require no more than 30-60 minutes to complete. Others are more serious and will require scheduling service from an appliance repairman near your home. Please contact us with questions.


Below are troubleshooting tips from APEX for some of the main problems you will find on a broken dishwasher:


A common symptom for any broken appliance is for loud noises to come from the machine. This is true of dishwashers too. There are different loud noises and each signifies a different issue. “You will need to determine if the noise is a rattle coming from the pump housing or more of a grinding sound from a worn-down washer arm bearing. Then you will need to replace the malfunctioning part during the repair,” according to Jeff Stevens, Lead Technician Victory Indio Appliance Repair.



A dishwasher requires several gallons of water to operate each cycle. A leak could lead to gallons of water on the floor of your kitchen and home and requires immediate attention. In the event of a leaking dishwasher, we recommend hiring an appliance repair service able to provide same-day attention. Otherwise, DIY repairs should start by looking for worn pump and door seals or a failed water inlet valve.


The most obvious reason a dishwasher won’t turn on or start is if it is not plugged in. The other reason is if a circuit breaker isn’t switched on. If neither of these issues are the problem you will need to investigate further and check to see if the timers, door latch switches, motor relays, thermal fuses and electronic controls are all working as expected. This can lead to a major repair where professional assistance is required.


The first step in a dishwasher cycle is for the unit to fill with water. If this doesn’t occur, then there is a problem that needs attention. You should inspect the float switch, door switch and the water inlet valve. The second step is for the unit to drain all of the water before the drying function begins. In the event the water doesn’t drain, test the dishwasher drain hose, pump and timer.


As a dishwasher fills with water, it should also dispense detergent throughout the appliance in order to clean the dirty dishes inside. The dishes won’t be clean if there is no detergent released. This issue is the result of a broken wax motor, timer or bi-metal release. Also be sure the detergent capsule is full before turning on the appliance to wash dishes.

All homeowners have different comfort levels when it comes to performing repair projects. Your comfort level and experience will determine your ability to complete the repairs above on your own or whether it would be best to rely on the help of a professional handyman or appliance repair company near your home. Should you decide to hire an appliance repairman, we recommend the following companies for dishwasher repair:

Apex Joliet Appliance Repair
Joliet, IL

A+ Appliance Repair & Parts
Fort Wayne, IN

Newton Appliance Repair Now
Newton, MA

College Station Appliance Repair
College Station, TX

Pacific Coast Appliance Repair
Long Beach, CA

Next Noblesville Appliance Repair
Noblesville, IN

Woodies Major Appliance Service
Lexington, KY

How to Repair a Garbage Disposal

You will find a garbage disposal or food waste disposer in almost every kitchen sink in America. This means it is one of the most common household appliances. A garbage disposal is prone to several issues during its lifetime including both minor and major repairs.

The guide below offers tips on troubleshooting common garbage disposal problems and models – including the InSinkErator from Emerson – and how to fix them. Several of the repairs can be completed in 15-30 minutes and do not require professional training or attention. Others we recommend enlisting an appliance repairman for.


Below are troubleshooting tips from APEX for some of the main issues that occur on food waste disposers:


It is not uncommon for a burning smell to come out of a garbage disposal on occasion. The source of the burning smell is either its motor or motor capacitor. The smell is the result of the motor overheating which can be caused by food or other objects being jammed in the unit. “Turn off the power and then clear the unit of any debris or clogs. Flush water through the unit and attempt to run it,” says Tim O’Brien, owner of a local appliance repair service in Livermore. If the burning smell persists, you will need to call an appliance repair company near you or replace the garbage disposal.


The most obvious reason for an odor coming from a garbage disposal is food or waste stuck in the appliance. Be sure the power is turned off and the unit is unplugged and then attempt to clear the motor and blades with a tool. If the smell persists, the stopper and splash guards might need to be replaced on the unit.


The first thing to be sure of if a garbage disposal won’t start is that the device is plugged in beneath the sink. The other thing to check is if a circuit breaker tripped. You can also press the “reset” button on the garbage disposal and then attempt to turn it on. If the problem persists, there is likely an issue with the starter/stopper switch on the unit and it will need to be replaced. The starter/stopper switch is also often the reason a garbage disposal will shut off in the middle of operating.


Your garbage disposal should have a tight seal within the sink drain. If leaks start to occur from the unit the problem is either the seals or the gaskets on the unit. You can easily replace both the seals and the gaskets by removing the garbage disposal from the sink and then interchanging them with new ones. This repair is relatively easy should not require a professional appliance repair service for completion.


You will hear loud noises coming from a garbage disposal if something solid falls into it when it is turned on. You will also hear grinding noises if there is too much food or waste or the appliance is jammed at all. The loud noises can also be the result of loose or dull blades. The blades can be tightened with ease if the unit is removed from the kitchen sink. Dull blades are the sign of an old garbage disposal and it could be time to consider replacing the appliance entirely.

Your comfort level will determine how many of the repairs above you can complete on your own. If at any time during a repair you are not comfortable continuing, we recommend hiring an appliance repair service able to complete the job for you. Here are some professional companies we recommend for garbage disposal repair:

Excel Kent Appliance Repair
Kent, WA

Legacy Lawrence Appliance Repair
Lawrence, KS

Budget Appliance Fix
Milwaukee, WI

Livermore Appliance Repair Pros
Livermore, CA

Lonestar Appliance Repair
Dallas, TX
(972) 682-7751

Instant Livonia Appliance Repair
Livonia, MI