Troubleshoot Appliance Issues With Our Checklist

Appliance Troubleshooting Checklist

The Appliance Gurus provide fast, reliable repairs on most major home appliances. Follow our appliance checklist to troubleshoot any issues you may have to avoid costly future repairs.



  • Clean the interior shelves, liner, and wipe down door gaskets with mild cleaners every 3 months. Silicone grease can rejuvenate a clean rubber surface and improve it's seal performance and life.
  • Every year, unplug the fridge, remove, and clean your front and rear access/airflow panels. Clean the condenser coil with a nylon brush, or at least swipe over by hand. Clear cooling fin gaps allowing airflow to disperse heat is the objective. The coils are located at the front, back and underneath standard-depth and counter-depth refrigerators, and the top for most built-in refrigerators. Clean your coils and panels more often in areas with pet shedding or other condenser-clogging debris.
  • Check temperature controls to ensure they are set correctly. Most refrigerators have a single evaporator coil in the freezer section. Frost and ice buildup can block airflow to the refrigerator and cause inadequate cooling. Prevent this by ensuring closed doors and sealed off outside air with no gaps in seals. Ensure dynamic airflow is unobstructed.
  • Following the maintenance tips above will enable more efficient cooling, which reduces energy consumption, and increases component life due to less run time.
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Range & Oven

  • Avoid using extra large/heavy cooking pots or pans to reduce risk of range burner damage, especially on glass cook tops.
  • Keep gas burner manifolds clean and clear of debris. This enables proper gas distribution for reliable ignition and a safe, effective flame pattern.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, understand that this feature carries with it a significant risk of overheating expensive control electronics and/or wiring.
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Garbage Disposal

  • Clean the disposal by dropping a tray of ice cubes through it while running cold water. Run water during its use. This prevents stoppages. Use lemon peel and odor-reducing formulas made specifically for routine disposal cleanings.
  • Jammed Disposal: A disposal wrench is provided with new garbage disposals. There is a socket at the bottom, center of the disposal that connects the tines. You will need to put the wrench in the socket and turn it back and forth until the wrench turns freely. Press the reset button located at the bottom of the disposal if the unit will not turn on.
  • Turn off the disposal and remove stuck objects by reaching through the sink entrance by hand or with long-nose pliers; otherwise, it will have to be dismounted.

Washer & Dryer

  • Clean the lint screen after each dryer load.
  • Keep an eye out for water leak evidence such as deformed floors or marking like white calcium deposits below water connections.
  • Clean your washer coin trap if there is access at the bottom of the front panel. Prepare for stagnant water to drain out of the hoses upon coin trap filter removal. Ensure coin trap filter seal and seal surface is clean before reassembly.
  • Tub odors from microbial growth in stagnant water and detergent buildup can be mitigated with dishwasher detergent powder, vinegar, baking soda, or other odor-reducing surfactants run in a hot water cycle to dissolve odor-carrying buildup.