Basic Appliance Repair Tips

Appliance repairs often strike at the most inopportune times. Unfortunately, they can leave a gaping wound in your budget, if you don’t plan for them. Here are a few ideas and tips to consider, that will help ease your next appliance repair problem.

Before You Do It Yourself

Make sure the appliance isn’t covered by a service agreement or warranty. If it’s still covered under warranty, you will need to find out how to use the warranty properly. First call the company offering the warranty and ask them for clarification on using the warranty properly (DO NOT void the warranty by trying to fix the appliance yourself). After that, your next step is to contact (or take) the appliance to an appropriate maintenance or service company. Have them do the repairs under the protective cover of your warranty. Also, you should make sure you are properly reimbursed for all charges after having your appliance repaired.

Do It Yourself

If there is no warranty or coverage on your appliance, your next step is to track down the owner’s manual, and try and make the repair yourself. You shouldn’t repair an appliance without having the service manual with you. When the manual or warranty isn’t an option, your next choice will be to look under the lid, or inside of the appliance, and find the basic instruction guidelines. Most appliances have a small set of operating instructions, printed on the appliance somewhere, which MIGHT help you solve your problem. For most of us, though, these steps probably won’t be enough.

Finding an Appliance Repair Service Company

If you aren’t able to make the repairs yourself quickly and easily, then you will need to find an appliance repair service to do the job right, and get your appliance working again. There are several ways you can find an appliance repair company in your area. You can…

1. Hunt down and dust off that huge yellow pages book, lying somewhere in the dark, outer recesses of your home.

2. Ask a friend or family member who they use for their appliance repairs

3. Visit [http://www.LocalApplianceRepair.com] and find an appliance repair service in your city, with just a couple of mouse clicks.

4. Visit an online directory, like Yahoo’s ™ yellow pages

5. If you’d like input from an independent source, on reliable local appliance repair companies, call a major real estate firm (in your area) and ask who they use for their appliance repairs.

Appliance Repair Services

A majority of repair companies have technicians available who can repair most household appliances. Major appliance repair companies will typically make service calls to your home. Small appliances often get repaired at the local repair shop, instead of at your home. If it’s a small appliance, you want to make sure they offer repair or replacement services for it. This would include items such as microwave ovens, oven fans, heaters, Kitchen aid ™ mixers, other small miscellaneous kitchen appliances, and maybe even power tools.

Questions to Ask Repair Companies

Once you have the names of a few appliance repair service companies, you may want to ask any or all of these questions when you call…

1. Ask when the soonest they can come out to make the repair? If the timing is adequate, ask how punctual they are (and if they have a guarantee on the time)? There’s nothing worse than waiting all day for a repair that won’t happen that day.

2. Ask if they offer a guarantee on their work and their parts?

3. Ask about a written estimate; service call charge; fees; or a combination of written estimate with final bill?

4. Ask if it is possible to add service call fees to your monthly utility bill.

5. Gas, electrical, radiation, and refrigeration repairs require special considerations. Qualified Repair technicians must have experiences with gas, electrical, and refrigeration issues. When they repair gas appliances and microwave ovens, appliance repair technicians need to be aware of dangers form gas and radiation leaks. When you need to have your stove fixed or your gas lines checked for leaks, you definitely want to call a home appliance repair person for help. Mostly, just make sure they are qualified to fix the specific appliance you need repaired.

6. If you’re interested, you can ask them if they offer a monthly service plan. Having a consistent appliance repair technician and service can keep your home appliances humming right along, and may also help prevent unwanted breakdowns. This would give you peace of mind for all your major home appliances, and keep all your appliances protected under one convenient repair plan. You can also ask questions, which might include concerns about appliance installation, operation and repair.

Hopefully some of these tips will help ease your next appliance repair problem. Once you have exhausted all of these steps, and if the repair still didn’t work, then it might be time to look into buying the new appliance you’ve been dreaming of. But we’ll cover that in another article.

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Home Appliances – How Do I Know When to Repair OR Replace My Home Appliance?

To Repair OR Not to Repair Your Major Home Appliance… That is the Question!

Not quite the old Shakespearian question, but close enough in today’s modern time of expensive appliances. What do you do when your fridge is running, but NOT as cool as a cucumber? Or your oven’s heating capacity is pretty similar to the baking power in your daughter’s Easy-Bake-Oven. Ever heard of wet ice… it’s funky name for water, meaning your icemaker is broken. If the dishes look worse than when they went in the dishwasher, you’ve got a problem and it doesn’t take an expert to figure it out. Obviously there’s a lot of stress involved with online research for you specific appliance, advice from friends and family, manufactures giving you the runaround, and conflicting product reviews. Whether you like it or not, it’s a major household decision when it comes to Repairing OR Replacing your Kitchen or Laundry Appliance. Here are a few pointers to consider when it becomes crunch time to make your final, gut wrenching decision.

1) How Old is Your Kitchen or Laundry Appliance?

If it’s beyond the kitchen or laundry Appliance’s Life Expectancy, then it is probably time to put the home appliance out to pasture. Only exceptions are when it comes down to antique or top-of-the-line expensive appliances that have greater worth than just your standard residential appliance.

National Averages for Your Household Appliance’s Life Expectancy:

Refrigerators: 14 years
Freezers: 16 years
Gas Stoves or Ovens: 19 years
Electric Stoves or Ovens: 16 years
Range Hoods or Vent Hoods: 14 years
Microwaves (not countertop models): 8 years
Dishwashers: 12 years
Washing Machines: 12 years
Gas Clothes Dryers: 13 years
Electric Clothes Dryers: 14 years
Garbage Disposals and Trash Compactors: 13 years
2) Cost to Repair Broken Appliance VS the Purchase Price of a Brand New Appliance

Sorry, sentimental value does not factor into this cost. If the Cost to Repair is greater than Half the Value (50%) of the Price to Buy a Brand New Appliance, it’s probably a wiser choice to invest in a new home appliance. Also, the cost to run a newer appliance is also Much Lower and Eco-Friendly, than your older laundry or kitchen appliance in most cases. In some circumstances, the Energy Savings per year can actually pay for the full cost of the newer appliance. These Energy Saving Appliances are labeled with a big yellow “Energy Guide” tag that can be found on some new appliance in local stores or online. The government even offers a tax credit on some refrigerators, dryers, washers and more with this tag. Once again high-end, expensive, commercial or antique appliances are an exception to the rule.

National Averages on the Cost of a NEW Residential Appliance

Refrigerator: $800-$2700
Stove/Oven: $400-$1300
Non-Countertop Microwave: $300-$600
Dishwasher: $400-$1300
Washer: $600-$1100
Dryer: $500-$1200
3) Check the Manufacturer’s

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