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Common Repairs in the Kitchen

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There's no area of your home quite like the kitchen. It's capable of handling a busy dinner party one night and a family cookout the next. To put it simply, it's the centerpiece to your home. And due to all of this use, it's bound to have some wear and tear over a long year. Many people don't realize that minor kitchen repairs can be fixed with common products you already have lying around your home.

We've put together some quick ways to tackle common kitchen repairs. Use them to keep your kitchen operating at peak efficiency and looking new.


One of the more common aesthetic problems that occur in a kitchen is damage to the cabinetry. And since your cabinets are one of the most important areas of your kitchen, it can be quite the eyesore. But don't worry as issues, including broken hinges, drawer slides and latches and bumpers, can be repaired by nearly anyone for little to no money.

A cabinet door that shuts loudly is usually a result of damaged or missing bumpers. Bumpers are the little rubber or cloth stoppers that protect the cabinet from damage when closing it. Each door typically has four of these bumpers, one in each corner. These can be purchased from any hardware store for less than $5. Simply remove any excess glue/debris from the existing bumper area and stick the adhesive side of the new bumper into its designated location.

Bent, broken, or old hinges can cause cabinets to not close properly or to hang down. In some cases, the hinge may be salvageable with a little hammering. Otherwise you'll want to purchase a replacement hinge and replace the old version. Try bringing your old hinge into the hardware store to easily match it up.

If you have a cabinet drawer that's struggling to close due to catching or grinding, you probably have a defective drawer slide. We recommend removing the drawer and inspecting the drawer slides. If you see any damage or dents, you'll want to replace them. And like the other parts discussed in this section, they're available at your hardware store for a couple of bucks.


Most of you have probably experienced the (all too) common problem of noisy or leaky dishwashers. Luckily, these problems are easy to prevent and fix without breaking the bank.

First off, if your dishwasher is leaking, the problem probably lies in the gasket around the dishwasher door. Is it cracked, broken, or even missing? If so, it'll need to be replaced to ensure a proper seal all the way around the door. We also recommend checking the seal of all hoses behind the dishwasher and for any food or soap residue that could be clogging the drain in your dishwasher. If you've found any of these issues, replace or fix them immediately to avoid further damage to your kitchen.

In addition to all of the reasons listed above, a loud dishwasher can also be caused by excessive motor vibration or wrongly adjusted sprayers, or it could just be improperly installed. Try watching and listening to your dishwasher closely next time you run a cycle and note what you're seeing. Then work through each problem area outlined in this paragraph until you can run a cycle without the noise. Using the process of elimination while working on dishwashers can save you a lot of money compared to hiring a repair man.

Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is acting up, there are some steps you should take before thinking about a full-on replacement. Depending on the issue, most problems can be resolved by either resetting the disposal or by turning it on. Of course, we have to mention to never put your hand down the disposal for any reason.

If your disposal isn't turning on, verify it's still plugged in and then try resetting it by pressing the little (usually red) button on the bottom of the garbage disposal and flipping the breaker to your kitchen. Most of the time, this will fix the issue and you'll regain power.

If it's leaking, turn off the power (breaker) to the disposal and verify all of the bolts, seals, and pipes are tightened and secure. You may need to get under the sink with a flashlight to double-check.

Lastly, if your disposal is having a difficult time draining, even after turning on the disposal, it's almost always an issue of a clogged pipe. Remove the discharge drain pipe under your sink and clear it of any obstructions. Then, reinstall and try running water through the disposal drain. Any further clogging probably points to a deeper issue in the plumbing of your kitchen.

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Fridges can be complicated machines, but don't let this prevent you from trying to tackle these common refrigerator problems.

A fridge or freezer that won't cool can usually be fixed by checking that the temperature control dial is properly set, by cleaning the coils, by clearing items from the air vents, or by making sure the condenser fan is clean and working properly.

Loud fridges are also a common issue in kitchens. The compressor, condenser fan, or evaporator motor is usually the culprit to this noise. Pull out the fridge and locate the condenser fan motor, evaporator motor (freezer), and the compressor. The noise usually resides in one of these locations and can help you accurately pinpoint where the noise is coming from. The fans are usually pretty easy to replace, but the compressor can become an expensive investment.


There's no better time than now to start checking off your kitchen repairs from your "to-do list." Most of the time, the issues you've been avoiding are more common and easy to fix than you expect. Plus having company over with a half-functioning kitchen can cause you major headaches. Spend an afternoon fixing it up with this article and you'll enjoy the benefits later.

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