When To Hire A Repairman Or Do The Repairs Yourself?

An appliance that malfunctions or breakdowns is something that can happen to any of us, so what should a consumer do when they realize that their fridge, washer or range is in need of repairs?  What some consumers will do right away, is they will get a professional by picking up the phone and calling one, but interestingly enough not all appliance repairs will require you to call in an expert.  So if you want to save some of your hard earned money, it is important that you know which appliance repairs are best left up to an affordable appliance repair company and which ones are safe for a Do-it-yourself consumer.

When to consider doing it yourself?

When it comes to doing appliance repairs yourself at home, you will need to keep 2 things in mind, accuracy and safety.  So decide whether you should grab your phone or the wrench instead, here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do I have the necessary tools, knowledge or know-how to complete a safe, dishwasher repair or stove repair?
  • If you don’t, can you get the necessary tools and knowledge at an affordable price and easily?
  • Can I do the repairs as comprehensive and as thorough as an appliance repairman?

If you just answered yes to all of the questions above, then you should be ok with doing several residential appliance repairs such as:

Water Leaks

There are a few different home appliances that can cause water leaks and in most cases the leak is caused either by a disconnected hose or a hose that has deteriorated.  So if you notice that there is a pool of water under your washing machine or if you notice a trail of trickling water coming from under your dishwasher, you should first check the outlet and inlet hoses to see if they are loose or if they have any damage and you should also check the connections as well.  If everything looks good with the hoses and their connections, then move on to inspect the valves and the pumps and what you will be looking for here is for imperfections such as holes and cracks.

Replacing a heating element

Typically, when it comes to stove repair, in most cases you will need to call an appliance repair technician, except for when it comes to the heating element burning out, as this type of repair is quite easy.  Just like plugging any electronic device into an electrical wall outlet, the burners on an electric stove will plug into the stove in a similar way.  So in most cases all you will need to do is plug out the old or bad burner and buy a new burner and plug it in.  And just like that, your stove repair is done.  Never attempt any type of repair or diagnostic without first disconnecting the power from the stove.

Now if you are going to attempt to do your own appliance repairs, then in some cases you will need replacement parts and this isn’t too much of a hassle, as most local home improvement stores or a local appliance repair company will have a large selection of parts available, as well as they can help to guide you to make sure you are buying the right parts and give you tips for installing the parts safely and efficiently.  However, before you go shopping for replacement parts you should write down the model number and serial number or if possible just take the broken part with you, this way you can match it with the new part and it is a sure way that you will get the right part for the job.

When should you call a professional?

In these current economic times the thought of having to hire a reliable appliance repair company can seem like a big expense, but in some cases you will not have a choice.  And in many cases, appliance repair is always cheaper than an appliance replacement and depending on the type of repair that is needed; some of these projects require specialized knowledge and tools to be completed safely and accurately.  Let us discuss some repairs that you should hire a professional to take care of for you:

Any type of gas repair

All gas appliances, whether it is a stove or a dryer should be a repair that is handled by a skilled technician.  And yes, even if you do not feel that the issue is in relation to the heating elements or the gas supply.  The simple reason is gas appliance service has many hazards and it really isn’t worth the risk.  If you do not know what you are doing you could actually cause a gas leak or worst a fire that can harm both you and your family, so if you need gas stove repair or gas dryer repair, make sure to call in a gas repair expert.

Need Refrigeration Repairs?

Typically the only type of refrigeration repair you should consider doing on your own is replacing a damaged door seal, all other fridge repairs or freezer repairs should be handed over to a refrigerator repairman.  The reason is refrigerators have some potentially hazardous refrigerants or coolants that can possibly put your family and yourself in danger if not handled properly.  Hire a qualified repairman that is trained to replace, manage and control these refrigerants or coolant so that your family, home and will remain safe during the refrigerator repair project.

Now if you do not feel comfortable doing any type of appliance repair yourself, whether it is easy or hard, then you will be better off hiring a local appliance repair company.  You can find some resources in the owner’s manual for your appliance as well as you can do a search online to find a reputable appliance repair technician in your local area that can get the job done quickly and safely.

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