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Arizona appliance first aid & troubleshooting

Sometimes an appliance works intermittently, or stops working altogether. Before calling us, there are a few basic first aid and troubleshooting steps you can try with most appliances in order to resolve the issue or learn more about the source of the problem. All appliances are electrical, and most of them use some form of on-board computer or memory-based electronics. So, if an appliance won't work, first try unplugging it for about a minute in order to reset its electronics. If it's not broken, there's no reason to fix it....

Washing machine

If your washing machine doesn't work at all, first check to see if it's plugged in, or whether the circuit breaker or fuse are working. If the motor seems to be working, but the tub isn't filling with water, first check to see whether the water valve has become closed or partly closed.


If your clothes dryer isn't working at all, first make sure it's plugged in and the circuit breaker hasn't been tripped. If your dryer is working but taking too long to dry clothing, first check the exhaust vent. In many cases vents become clogged with lint, which restricts the air flow and increases the drying time.


If your refrigerator isn't working, first check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If your fridge isn't cooling, first check the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Some models have temperature controls which can be affected by food items resting against their sensors.


If your dishwasher isn't working at all, first check to see if there's a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. If your dishwasher isn't draining properly, first check your garbage disposal under the sink, especially if you've recently installed a new disposal. It's possible that the dishwasher drain is plugged.

Stove & oven

If your gas or electric stove or oven isn't working, first make sure that the appliance is plugged in and the circuit breaker isn't tripped (if electric), or the gas valve is fully or partly closed (if gas).

Microwave oven

If your microwave isn't working, first check to make sure it's plugged in and the circuit breaker is not tripped. If it's plugged in but still not working, make sure that the door is closing fully, otherwise the microwave elements may not operate properly. The above steps are quick, easy ways to troubleshoot common household appliances. Please keep in mind that safety is always the most important consideration. So, if these basic steps don't immediately resolve the issue, then it's time to contact a professional technician like our staff here at Arizona Appliance Repair. We'll respond quickly, and we provide same-day service throughout Tucson, and all surrounding areas.

Washing Machines

  • First check to see if it the plug is secure in the outlet.
  • Check your electrical panel to ensure that a fuse is not blown or a breaker tripped.
  • If there is no water, check to see that the water valve is completely open and that the hose is not kinked.

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