When a household appliance stops working, or has other issues, most people start to panic and get all in a tizzy. When this happens, they end up making a wrong decision that results in costing them money, time, and creating a whole ordeal about it. If you can follow some relatively simple guidelines when you are faced with this problem you can save yourself a headache, some cash, and also your investment!
A broken or non-functioning appliance can mean several things. It could be just a minor pain in the rear end, or it could sometimes be a safety risk. Too many times we see homeowners call an appliance repair person out to their house to fix something simple. So if you have a dryer that isn't turning on, or a refrigerator that won't keep cold, just keep in mind these simple appliance repair do's and don'ts.
DON'T: Be in a hurry to purchase a new appliances at the first sign of trouble. It's almost always more affordable to repair your appliance rather than purchasing a new one.
DO: Refer to your owner's manual as soon as you notice your appliance acting strangely. Delays can cause more damage to the appliance, and it just means you will have to deal with the faulty appliance for a longer period of time. If you can find out what is wrong with your appliance quickly, it will just make it easier to complete a successful repair. If you cannot find the answer to your problem in the owner's manual, then it may be time to contact a service person.
DON'T: Fix the problem yourself if you haven't done any repairs before. Just reading the manual is not an adequate substitute for professional training. Don't open up your machine right away and start messing with things. That can be extremely dangerous, you could damage your appliance and yourself severely if you don't know what you are doing. If you are unsure about the repair, call a technician to take a look at the machine.
DON'T: Try to create a temporary solution. Using duct tape and other odds and ends around the house to try and fix the problem can also result in serious injury. Homemade fixes can damage your appliance further and create safety risks too. So be sure to only use proper parts and tools when you are doing a do-it-yourself fix.
DO: Remember that your appliances need to be cleaned of lint, debris, and dirt at least once every six months. This preventative maintenance can help you from having the same problem with your appliance in the future.
DO: Call a professional technician and request emergency repair if you suspect a gas leak, or risk of a fire. If you think that you could be in any type of dangerous situation because of your appliance, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If you can stick to these guidelines, it will help you keep your investment for a long time. I hope this post has helped you learn about some appliance repair do's and don'ts.