10 Tips for Home Appliance Repair
Many times, you can save money by fixing your appliances yourself, versus calling a repair service. Doing your own maintenance can often save time and extend the life of the appliance. Take advantage of these tips for home appliance repair.
Wear protective gear and remember to unplug before beginning any work on any appliance.
Remember to wear protective gear, eyewear, gloves, and shoes with rubber soles.
Typical Tools Needed
Buy a Good Multimeter. One of the most important tools for any handyman job is the multimeter. Most appliances run on electricity. You will be able to troubleshoot wiring issues with a multimeter.
Most households have a screwdriver. But many times, that is not enough. You need a variety of tools, screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, sockets and wrenches. You can always expand on your tool collection later, but these are the essentials.
Check the Obvious First
Check your power settings and make sure the appliance is sitting evenly. Often, the appliance will not work properly if they are on uneven ground. Check for clogged filters, clogged drainage hoses and tubes. Always check to make sure air ducts are free from blockage.
Use your ears – listen for strange noises
Any appliance has moving parts. Usually, the parts will start to make noises as it wears or malfunctions. Listen to the fans, motors and belts for any abnormal sound.
Check for Error Codes
Your appliance should have a user manual. Most generally, it will have a troubleshooting section with a list of error codes. If not, turn to the internet and look up those codes. Many modern appliances have error codes. They will help you save time and determine if the repair is something you can handle, or if you need to call in the experts.
Check the Hoses
Any appliance that uses water will have hoses. Check the hoses for kinks or clogs. Often, the hoses will sprout a leak. Check the valves and gaskets at the connections. Hoses are the most common part to wear out and the easiest and cheapest part to fix yourself.
Get into a habit of checking your hoses once or twice a year for any splits, cracks or dry rot.
Replace Seals and Gaskets
Refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and even washer and dryers usually have seals and gaskets. Check for damage and replace as necessary.
Check the Refrigerant
Heat pumps, air conditioners, and refrigerators all require refrigerant. Many times, you will need an expert to troubleshoot the level of coolant and to make sure the level is adequate.
Check Ignition on Gas Appliances
From water heaters to HVAC systems, gas appliances typically have an ignition switch. Some have electric starters where others have pilot lights. It is common for these ignition switches to malfunction or wear out. Make sure the pilot light is on, and there is no blockage.
If you follow these DIY maintenance tips, you could save money on repair costs. Remember the 50% rule; if the appliance or part is through 50% of the expected lifespan, and the cost of the repairs are more than 50% compared to buying a new appliance, the odds are you should replace the appliance.
After an appliance gets so old, it is often more cost-effective to skip substantial repairs and buy new.
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