A to Z Tips: Appliance Repair to Zen Lighting
When planning a kitchen makeover, make sure you pay attention to any appliance that’s broken. Include repairs when drawing up a renovation plan and make it a priority. After all, what’s the logic behind a full made up kitchen with appliances that are not working? So before you start your renovation, you better check if any of your kitchen appliances are malfunctioning or are about to.
When a major appliance breaks down, it may be costly to hire someone to assess, repair, and install parts, as necessary. If you are on a tight budget, try to fix the issue first, especially if they seem quick and simple. Doing simple repairs by yourself gives a sense of accomplishment. And the more repairs you do, the better you understand the function of each component of your appliances. You will also know (to some extent) why a particular glitch has happened.
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Repair First, Renovate Next
Here is a list of common kitchen appliance issues you might want to try your hand at before calling a professional and eventually, moving on to the renovation phase.
Refrigerator Door Fails to Shut
The rubber gasket around your fridge door acts as a seal. It keeps warm air outside from seeping in and the cold air inside from getting out. It helps keep your food from going stale as cooled air is maintained. Over time, the rubber gasket may overstretch and get worn out. Carefully remove the old gasket. Replace it with the new gasket by inserting it beneath the retaining strips. Start from the topmost, then around the sides, until you reach the bottom. Once done, check by opening and closing the door. Make sure there are no gaps and twists. Otherwise, your fridge won’t seal enough.
Water Leaking from the Fridge
Your fridge comes with a drain hole. When not regularly cleaned, food particles may block it and stop the water from draining freely. It will cause water to leak from your fridge and cause damage to your flooring over time. Clear the drain hole with any debris. First, look for the drain tube at the back of the fridge. Use a pipe cleaner (or any small-sized plastic rod) to clean the interior of the tubing. Using a mixture of mild soap and water, clean the tube by squeezing water into it. Repeat with plain water. The shallow pan underneath the fridge should collect the dirty water.
Dishwasher Not Cleaning Well
A dishwasher that fails to thoroughly clean dishes and the glassware is in bad shape. Most likely, the problem triggers water flow issues – underfilling or overfilling. The component responsible for providing adequate water flow is the inlet valve.
Before zeroing on the valve, you might want to check the float first. It should be moving freely. If it isn’t, there might be something stuck beneath it that is causing the underflow. If the water flow issue persists despite the absence of foreign material underneath the float, proceed with checking the inlet valve. Make sure that your unit is unplugged and disconnected from your main water supply.
The inlet valve is behind the access panel below the unit. It is attached to an outlet hose that moves water away and an inlet where hot water runs from your household to the valve. Observe if components appear damaged. Check if these hoses are attached to the inlet valve. If there are signs of cracking or wearing, you need to have the valve replaced.
Usually, two screws secure the valve onto the dishwasher. After removing all screws, detach the inlet valve. Install the new inlet valve by putting back the screws that will hold it in place. Make sure that the hoses are also attached. Put the cover panel back. To check if the issue is corrected, try to operate the dishwasher as you regularly would.
As with any appliance repair procedure, you should always exercise complete caution. The power source to your unit should be temporarily cut off to avoid risks of electrocution.
Oven Door Fails To Shut Properly
If shutting your oven door is becoming a problem, it is time to look for the underlying cause. And the number one rule before attempting to repair the oven is to pull off the plug from the power source. Remove the oven door by unscrewing it. You may want to check the hinges as it might be causing the problem. If not, check the door springs. These are under the oven. They will be exposed once you pull out the drawer at the bottom of the unit.
If the springs are damaged, use pliers and carefully remove them. Replace with new springs making sure that they are re-wrapped on the bolts. Now check the rubber gasket that runs along the sides of the oven door. If the seal appears weathered, replace it. Make sure that the new rubber seal is mounted well. It will ensure that the heat does not seep out. Put the oven door back in place. Test if the oven door properly shuts.
Stove Top Will Not Heat
When you discover that your stove fails to heat up, look for the problem right away. It may be that only one burner is faulty, or the issue may involve all. If only one is, try to check if there is something wrong with the connection. Again, make sure that you have unplugged the unit from the power source before you begin to investigate. Remove the coil. If you notice some cracks or any sign of damage, you had better replace it already. If not, try to swap coils and test it. Swapping will give you an idea if the issue involves the connection or the burner.
If the problem covers all your burners, it is a sign that the cause could be electrical. One of the simplest methods to confirm if it is an electrical issue is to observe if the timer or digital clock lights up when in use. If it does not light up, the problem you are dealing with maybe a blown-up fuse. Get a new fuse and replace the blown one. Remember to employ a similar amperage. A typical four-burner stove with a built-in oven draws about 30 to 50 amps.
Moving Forward to Renovation
Now that you have finished the repairs, the first phase of your kitchen makeover, you are ready to move to the more exciting part – renovating your kitchen.
How can you refurbish your kitchen, given a small budget? How do you transform your existing kitchen into one that feels Zen-like? Here are some tips that recreate a beautiful Zen-inspired kitchen without putting too much strain on your wallet.
What’s good about a Zen kitchen is that you don’t need much. Less is more, and this goes well with your kitchen renovation on a budget. Also, you create more space that is needed when preparing meals, cooking, and even entertaining.
Remember, your kitchen is a place where your family (and even guests) gather most of the time. A clean and timeless kitchen will help make bonding with family and friends more pleasant and memorable.
Get Rid of Clutter
Part of becoming a minimalist is getting rid of things that you don’t need. Now that you have repaired your appliances, there might be one or two that are beyond repair. You either throw it out or sell it to a junk shop. Clutter creates confusion, and who wants to get stressed in a busy place like your kitchen? If you own stuff that you really can’t part with (sort of an heirloom), keep them away from countertops. This area should be clean and clutter-free. The same thing goes with small appliances that you don’t use regularly, but you wish to keep. Remove them from the countertop and put them in the upper layer of the shelves.
Use Soft Colors
One of the cheapest kitchen makeover projects you can do is repainting the kitchen wall. Zen-inspired design is about neutral colors. Neutral colors include white, beige, and tan. The goal here is not to use bold color palettes, even with decors and fixtures.
If you wish, you can still use other soft colors like blue, for instance. A very light blue color brings out calmness. Have you tried entering a room painted with pale blue color? If so, you will agree that it has made you feel tranquil and more relaxed. That is what Zen would like to achieve.
A lot of Zen designs use themes related to nature. Designing with Zen in mind is easy to do as there are a lot of thrift-shops that sell wall decors and paintings with a natural theme. Hang simple works of art that depict nature. You can also bring in a hanging plant but put it in a spot where it will not get in the way. Small pots of succulents near the kitchen window will also do the trick. Bring in some water elements in the kitchen. Running water creates a relaxing sound. Where there is calm, there is Zen.
Use Lots of Wood Elements
Zen or Japanese design calls for a lot of wood elements. If you wish to create an atmosphere of balance, simple wood decor or panels will help. Many kitchen appliances are of stainless materials and may look too cold because of this. Bringing in woodworks in your kitchen will help soften the steely appearance of your kitchen and create the needed warmth. It will help if the wood you bring in unpainted. Retain the natural wood color and avoid heavily stained wood. Light wood colors are the perfect choice for that Zen-like feel.
Ditch the Cabinet Door
Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be expensive. With a zen kitchen, you don’t have to build new cabinets or shelves. Zen gurus strongly advise homemakers going zen to ditch cabinet doors. Doing so will result in two things – you will initiate decluttering and get rid of stuff you never used. Your kitchen will begin to open up. It is easier to look for kitchen items when neatly arranged. When you use shelves, you see what you need right away. You can even arrange these items on the shelves and establish a pattern of colors, sizes, or shapes. Get those bowls and cups and saucers working for you. Arrange them to form a design.
Remember that nature is tied-up with Zen. The Zen concept is creating a mindful and calm kitchen that extensively uses natural light. Get rid of heavy drapes or blinds that block the sun too much. A kitchen should be bright and sunny. Besides, if the kitchen receives all the natural light it can get, it transforms into a more welcoming place. You will also save on electric bills because you don’t have to use too much lighting during the day. And it becomes a win-win situation for you and your family.
You need not worry if your kitchen lacks enough windows to make it bright. You can install lighting fixtures that aren’t expensive. Try a ceiling light that is suspended by a pulley or a drop light if your ceiling is high. Lighting fixtures that are somewhat “poetic” can bring out the zen vibe you want in your kitchen. Choose lights built with natural materials. Also, make sure that the LED bulbs you will be installing are appropriate for kitchens. They should be bright enough for you to see what you are working on and working with (knives, openers, and the like).
Refurbishing your kitchen doesn’t have to cut a deep hole in your pocket. When you make a plan, make sure you focus on appliance repairs first, followed by the makeover or renovation phase.
When you know how to repair simple glitches in your kitchen appliances, you save on repair costs. Also, you are protecting your kitchen from further damage. Eventually, all these help you save more money that you can use for your Zen design and which requires simple, inexpensive updates. And once done, you will learn to appreciate the value of doing repairs on your own and sticking to designs and updates that embody minimalism.