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Minor Appliance Repair Jobs You Can Perform Yourself

When you're facing larger appliance repair problems, it's a smart idea to call your local appliance repair service, such as J & M Appliance, and schedule an in-home visit. In the case of smaller jobs, however, you can often do the work yourself. It's always a good idea to carefully consult the appliance's manual and perform any online research before you attempt the job, but with a little patience and the right tools, you'll feel the satisfaction of getting some minor projects completed on your own. Here are some jobs that any amateur handyman or woman should be able to complete.

Changing Washing Machine Hoses

The two rubber hoses that carry hot and cold water to your washing machine have a finite lifespan, so you'll eventually have to think about replacing them. If you notice micro cracks — or worse, they're leaking — it's time to buy a replacement set at your local plumbing supply retailer and get busy. Turn both taps off, pull the washing machine away from the wall the best you can and put a thick towel on the floor for the purpose of absorbing any water that drips when you remove the old hoses. Then, you simply need to unscrew each end of each old hose, using an adjustable wrench if necessary, discard the hoses and screw the new ones into place.

Replacing Refrigerator Gasket

When the rubber gasket around your fridge door gets old, it can become cracked and lose its ability to keep the cool air in. Fortunately, you should be able to repair it with relative ease. Check the style of the gasket and then buy a replacement at your local home supply store. Then, depending on the style of fridge you have, you can either peel off the old gasket and affix the new one into place, or you'll have to first unscrew a bracket that holds the gasket. Either way, this is a quick, inexpensive fix.

Switching The Oven Element

The most time-consuming part of changing a burnt-out oven element is going to buy a replacement part; simply put, this job is quick and easy to accomplish. Start by shutting off the power to the oven and then check where the current element attaches to the oven wall. Typically, you'll need to remove a small bracket with a screwdriver; doing so should allow you to pull the old element straight out. All that's then left to do is to insert the new element in the same manner, put the bracket back into place and turn the power back on.