Troubleshooting 4 Kitchen Disasters

A couple of DIYers working on a plumbing problem in the kitchen.

Your kitchen is your lifeline when it comes to food. When something goes awry, it can be very stressful to figure it out, especially if your appliances aren’t working properly. Make your mini kitchen disasters go away quickly by troubleshooting a few common issues in the kitchen. No need to do any in-depth investigating until after you’ve checked out this list of super simple fixes you can do yourself.

Problem One: There's water dripping from the fridge

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If you've seen water seeping from underneath your fridge, it may seem like a crazy leak for which you would want to call a repairman. Before you do that, however, take a second and check underneath the fridge, as it may just be the drainage “drip” pan. Refrigerators regularly leak water due to condensation, and this water drains underneath the fridge into a drip pan. Sometimes, especially during hot and humid times of year, the drip pan simply needs to be emptied. Look under your fridge, pull the drip pan out, and empty it. Many times this will be the end to your fridge “leaks” and water issues.

Problem Two: The stove won't light

Problem One: There's water dripping from the fridge

If your gas stove burners won’t ignite when you turn the knobs, don’t fret. Many times the problem is just the pilot light. If it goes out, your gas stove won't work. The pilot light is a small, constant flame that ignites the gas burners when you turn them on. If the burners on your gas stove aren’t igniting, check to see if the pilot light is still lit. Do this by removing the metal stovetop burners and setting them aside, and then lift up on the stove top -- the range -- and check to see if there is a small flame on each side of the stove between the burners. If it appears to be out, you'll need to light the pilot light very carefully, but make sure that all of the burners are off before doing so. Open windows and doors nearby so that there’s plenty of air flow, and make sure you have a long, butane lighter or long-stick match. Once the flame is lit, close the range and put the burners back in place.

Problem Three: The ice maker stops working

The icemaker won’t make ice? Check the water tube for clogs. The water tube that transports water into the ice-making trays at the back of the freezer might be clogged. Sometimes a piece of food will get stuck in the tube, or the end of the tube will freeze. Make sure that nothing is blocking the tube from pouring water into the icemaker. If there is food or ice at the end of the tube, remove it with tweezers or some warm water.

Problem Four: The sink is clogged

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Kitchen sink clogs can be a real pain. Before calling a plumber, pull any food from the drain that you can, using a piece of wire or needle-nose pliers. If your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, be sure to clean the drain with care and keep hands away from all blades. If the clog won’t clear, fill the sink with water and try to remove it using a plunger. If this doesn’t remove the clog, pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, pushing it into the drain with utensils, if needed. Wear rubber gloves and pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. Plug the drain so the vinegar will stay in the drain and work on the clog. After about 5 minutes, pour hot water down the drain to clear the clog.