How to Repair Appliances

Are you ready to start repairing your own appliances? If you are new to the world of DIY, we invite you to get started at Hometalk. We have DIY video tutorials, discussion boards, and slideshows to guide you with step-by-step instructions on how to successfully repair your broken appliances. Check out our best appliance repair projects too.

Advice for Fixing Appliances
Listen to identify the issue
Listen to the moving parts of the appliance to isolate the issue. If something is broken, there will often be an unpleasant noise.
Switch off and unplug
This may seem obvious, but it can be forgotten. Never start any type of repair on an appliance that is switched on or plugged in.
Consult the appliance’s manual
Manuals can provide the answer to common problems. If you've lost the paper copy of a manual, you can always find it online.
Find the right parts
Installing the wrong part or a poorly made component can cause the appliance to break further. Use official or trusted suppliers.
Give it a good clean
If in doubt, remove and clean components where possible. It may be that a build-up of dirt stopped the appliance from working smoothly.
Top Appliance Repair Projects

We hereby present you with the top DIY appliance repair projects at Hometalk.

Appliance Repair Videos

Watch our DIY video tutorials on how to repair your own appliances. Great tips here.

Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

This is the coolest trick to unclog a toilet. It's so much cleaner than using a plunger. I can’t promise it will work every time for you, but it worked every time I tried it. All you need is dish soap and hot water.

How to Correct Your Oven's Temperature

Have you ever noticed that food cooked in your oven comes out overcooked or undercooked, even though you followed the directions perfectly? It's quite possible that your oven isn't baking at the right temperature! Whether your oven is gas or electric, or has knobs or a digital display, calibrating it is easy!

The Quick and Easy 5 Minute Fix For a Clogged Garbage Disposal

A paper clip once fell into my garbage disposal without my knowledge. The whole thing seized up and I had no idea what was wrong. I feared I would have to buy a whole new disposal...until I figured out this trick. Watch the video for some added tips on how to clean your disposal with things you already have in your kitchen.

Making a Belt for a Treadle Sewing Machine

I found a pretty blue vintage sewing machine at a thrift store, and I went home without it. Then I decided that I loved it and went back to pick it up. And then sparks came shooting out of the motor, which caused me to quickly unplug it and hope it hadn’t caught on fire. Clearly the sewing machine didn’t love me back. In fact, I think it may have been trying to kill me. Okay, so maybe I had a $10 paper weight. No big deal. But wait! There was an antique treadle table in a local auction. Maybe, just maybe…

New Appliance Repair Projects

Here is our collection of new DIY appliance repair projects. Take a look around.

Browse Appliance Repair Projects
How to Replace an Oven Heating Element (and When to Do It)
How to Fix a Washing Machine That Won’t Spin
How to Unclog a Dishwasher That Won't Drain
How to Correct Your Oven's Temperature
How to Attach Any Pull to a Ceiling Fan Chain
How to Get A New "Ice Maker" for Under $4!
Adding a Second Water Line From a Refrigerator to a Coffee Maker
Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger