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Is Your Appliance Sending SOS Signals? 7 Signs You Can't Ignore

by Ann Ferguson

Picture this: You're in the middle of your routine, and suddenly, your trusty appliance starts acting up. It could be just a hiccup, but you can't shake off the feeling that something's wrong. But don't panic; it could be just an SOS signal!

Sometimes, when your appliances need repair love, they'll send "signals" to tell you something is off. And if you catch these signs early, you can prevent a full-blown appliance meltdown.

But how can you tell the difference from an off day to something more problematic? We'll show you!

1. Skyrocketing Energy Bills

Closeup of a high energy bills and a light bulb on top of it

A sudden spike in your energy bills could be more than just a seasonal change. It might be a sign that your appliances are working overtime! When appliances aren't running efficiently, they use more energy to perform their tasks.

So, if your bills are climbing without a clear reason, it's worth giving your appliances a once-over. It could be anything from a constantly running refrigerator to a dishwasher that takes longer to clean your dishes. And remember, the sooner you catch these issues, the better for your appliance's lifespan!

2. Strange Noises

Appliances are generally quiet operators. Sure, you'll hear the hum of the fridge, the swish of the dishwasher, or the tumble of the dryer. But when your appliances start making sounds that remind you of a horror movie, it's a sign they need some attention.

Maybe your washing machine has started banging during the spin cycle, or your fridge is buzzing louder than usual. Or perhaps your oven is making a clicking sound that doesn't sound right. These are all signs that something's not quite right.

Remember, ignoring these noises won't make them go away. It's better to get them checked out before it becomes a bigger – and potentially more expensive – problem.

3. Unusual Smells: A Sign of Trouble

Woman plugging her nose because of the smell from the fridge

We all know that appliances can make our homes smell great. The aroma of fresh laundry from the dryer or the scent of a delicious meal cooking in the oven can make your home feel cozy and inviting. But what if your appliances start giving off strange smells? That's a clear sign that something might be wrong.

  • A burning smell from your dryer could mean lint has built up in the exhaust tube, lint trap, or even the drum casing itself.
  • Foul odor from your fridge even after you've cleaned it? There could be an issue with the defrost tray or the drainage system.
  • When turned off, a gas smell from your oven is a severe safety hazard. In this case, turn off the gas supply immediately and call a professional.

So, if your appliances smell strange, don't ignore them. It's better to address the issue sooner rather than later to prevent further damage.

4. Appliance Stops Mid-Cycle

When your appliances work correctly, they should complete their cycles without hiccups. But if your washing machine or dishwasher stops mid-cycle or your oven turns off while baking, it's a clear sign that something's wrong.

These interruptions can be due to various issues, from a faulty thermostat to a problem with the appliance's motor. And while it might be tempting to restart the appliance and hope for the best, it's better to get to the root of the problem. Ignoring these issues can lead to more serious damage over time.

5. Water Leaks: A Slippery Problem

Woman contacting service people for leaking washer

Have you been noticing puddles under or near your dishwasher or washing machine? Sure, maybe someone spilled water near there, but it's most likely a water leak coming from your appliance — which is definitely a sign that something is wrong. These leaks can cause water damage to your floors or even cause mold (ew!) if you don't notice the problem sooner.

So, if you notice any unexpected puddles or dampness around your appliances, don't ignore them. It's time to call in the pros (like our team!) to find and fix the source.

6. Inconsistent Temperatures: A Cold (or Hot) Reality

Overdone and burnt pie coming out of the oven

If your fridge feels more like room temperature instead of too-cool-for-school, or your oven seems to be cooking your food too quickly or too slowly, it's time to take note — these inconsistent temperatures are a sign something is wrong with your appliance!

These temperature fluctuations can affect the performance of your appliances and the quality of their output. Food might spoil faster in a fridge that's not cool enough, or meals might not cook properly in an oven that's not heating correctly.

So, if your appliances aren't maintaining the correct temperatures, it's time to investigate. It could be a thermostat issue, a problem with the heating element, or various other issues. But don't worry; our team of professionals can diagnose and fix the problem ASAP!

7. Frequent Cycling: A Telltale Sign

Appliances have cycles — they turn on, run for a while, and then turn off. But if your appliances are cycling more frequently than usual, it could be a sign of a problem. For example, if your refrigerator is constantly running, there could be an issue with the compressor or thermostat. Or if your washing machine is continuously resetting or pausing during the cycle, a faulty control board might be to blame.

In any case, frequent cycling is not a sign to ignore. It's your appliance's way of telling you it needs some attention. So, don't brush it off — get it checked out!

Listen to Your Appliances!

Your appliances are pretty good at letting you know when they need a little extra care. So, don't ignore these signs! If you notice any of these issues, it's time to call our service team at Culligan of Le Mars. We're here to help keep your appliances running smoothly and efficiently. So, don't hesitate to call or stop by!