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. Continue reading Basic Appliance Repair Tips

5 Tips for Home Appliance Repair

Home appliances have become a part and parcel of each and every household. They have made our life so much easier that it is almost impossible for us to think about living without these appliances. It is because of this very reason that when these home appliances develop faults and stop working, we get frustrated and want them to be fixed right away. Most of the time the issue with the appliance that is causing it to malfunction or stop functioning at all is a small one which can be dealt with at home without encountering any problems. You just have to remain calm and know what to do. The following are 5 tips for home appliance repair that can help you in fixing your appliances yourself.

Make Sure Appliance is Plugged On

One of the major reasons why home appliances suddenly stop working is because they haven’t been plugged on. All of the home appliances are electric machines that run on electricity. If you have not plugged them in then there is no way that they are going to work. Thus, if you find that your home appliance isn’t working at all then before jumping to any conclusions make sure that it has been properly plugged in or not. If it is then check the circuit breakers and fuses for any issues. Reset or replace them if necessary and try to switch on the appliance again. If this does not work then there might a problem with one of the components of the appliance.

Adopt a Safety First Policy

Before beginning any repairs on the appliance, make sure that you take care of your own safety. Never try to examine or repair an appliance while it is running or even plugged on. Unplug the device and then go ahead with the inspection. Some appliances like dryers have very sharp edges so be careful when examining them. Make sure that you have tied your hair back so that they do not come in the way when you are inspecting or repairing your appliance. Always wear steel-toed safety when repairing any home appliance no matter how small it is and make sure that you do the repair work in an area that is well-lit. It is also advisable to take off any jewelry items that you might be wearing before working on any appliance.

Make Use of the Right Tools

One of the most important things that you would have to keep in mind when repairing any home appliance is that you make use of the proper tools for this purpose. It is always good to have specialty tools like pliers, wrenches, nut drivers, ammeters and voltmeters on hand if you want to repair your home appliances yourself. These tools are easily available in the market and can help you a great deal when it comes to diagnosing and fixing simple issues with your appliances. For instance, having an ammeter is going to make it easier for you to test whether your appliance is getting the current it requires or not while having a complete nut driver set will ensure that you are able to open your faulty appliance without encountering any trouble what so ever.

Replace Faulty Parts Instead of Repairing Them

If you find that your appliance is not working properly because of a faulty part then it is best to replace it immediately. Do remember that repairing faulty parts is a job only for the professionals and thus must be left to them alone. So, don’t try repairing the faulty parts yourself and instead find a replacement part and install it in its place. When replacing any parts in any of your home appliances make sure that you follow the guidelines mentioned in the manufacturer’s guide that came with the appliance. Open the appliance as per the guidelines, take out the faulty part and then replace it with a new one. After the replacement is done, securely tighten the screws and test the appliance to make sure that it is working properly again.

Seek Professional Help if Something Goes Wrong

It is important to keep in mind that sometimes the problem with the appliance is a major one and cannot be repaired at home. If you find that the issue with your appliance is too complicated for you to handle or if something goes wrong while doing the repair work on the appliance then seek professional help immediately. Call a technician and make sure that he knows what you have been doing so that he is able to rectify any mistakes that you might have done while repairing the appliance yourself.