Easy Appliance Troubleshooting

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Easy Appliance Troubleshooting

There's nothing wrong with paying for appliance repair when the problem is too big to fix on your own. But many appliance malfunctions are simple enough that they can be solved easily without professional assistance if you just know how to get started. I worked as a hotel handyman many years ago, and I learned a lot on the job. I learned how to restart a stalled washing machine, unfreeze a refrigerator compressor, and fix a broken dishwasher. I decided to start this blog to share some of my appliance troubleshooting tips and tricks. Chances are that learning some basic troubleshooting tactics can save you hundreds of dollars in minor service call charges. Hopefully this blog will help you get more out of your household appliances for less.

Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Your Gas Stove Grates

As you start your spring-cleaning, don't forget about your gas-stove grates. Even if you wipe them off after you cook, food and grease can still build over time on your grates. In order to keep you grates in good condition, you need to give them a good scrubbing at least once a year. This article will discuss the cleaning process you should follow.


  • Dish Soap
  • Rough Sponge
  • Towel
  • Paper Towel Or Newspaper
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Black Plastic Trash Bag
  • Plastic Gloves

Soak Your Grates

First off, make sure that your grates are cool to the touch. If you have been cooking, allow them to cool off for a few hours.

Fill your sink up with warm, soapy water. Then, using oven mitts, remove the grates from your oven. Place the grates into the sink you prepared. You will want to let the grates sit overnight in the soapy, warm water.

Scrub Your Grates

In the morning, you will want to let the dirty water drain out of the sink. Then, you need to refill the sink with soapy warm water again. You will also need a sponge for this step. An abrasive sponge, with a tough side, will remove built on food and grease the best.

Use the sponge to scrub off any food and grease that is still stuck to the grates. Be sure to turn over the grates, in order to remove residue from both sides.

Dry Your Grates

After you rinse the soap off your grates, and you are satisfied that you have scrubbed as much of the residue off as possible, you can dry them off with a paper towel. If your grates look clean, you can put them back on your stove at this point.

However, if it has been a while since you cleaned your grates, and they are still not looking as nice as you would like them to, you can continue on to the next step.

Spray With Oven Cleaner

If your grates are still looking a little dingy, lay them on some newspapers or paper towels in a well-ventilated area. You will need to put on plastic gloves.

Then, take the oven cleaner you purchased and spray the tops of the grates. Next, turn the grates over and spray the other side. After both sides have been sprayed, place the grates into a black plastic bag. Be sure to tie up the bag and let everything sit overnight again.

Clean Off The Oven Cleaner

The next morning, remove the oven grates from the black plastic bags. Use paper towels to remove the cleaner and the grime from the grates.

Then, rinse the grates in some hot water to ensure that all the oven cleaner has been removed. Let the grates air-dry before you place them back on your stove.

Although it will take you a few days to clean your grates, it is well worth the time. Your grates will no longer smoke or smell funny when you cook due to leftover food and grease, and your stove will look like new.

If, during your cleaning process, you find that any of the burners on your stove are damaged and in need of repairs, contact an expert in appliance repair in Langley