Do It Yourself “DIY” projects can save you a lot of money if you are handy and have the skill set to build or fix things around the house. There are certain projects that you should leave to a professional who is properly trained for appliance repair. Before you make the decision of moving forward with a DIY project or hiring a professional for it, make sure you understand the dos and don’ts of DIY repairs. Educating yourself will help you make an informed decision on whether to repair the appliance yourself, call a professional, or replace your appliance.
Research the project before you start a DIY repair job to make sure that the effort is worth your time and money. Weight the pros and cons of DIY or placing a service call. Are you spending double the money moving forward for the DIY and then you’ll still have to place a service call?
Keep a list with the age of your appliances. The lifespan will depend on the brand and how well you take care of your appliances. Still, most appliances have a general life expectancy.
Determine whether it makes sense to repair extremely old appliances by considering the general lifespans.
It may not be worth your time or money to repair your appliance that is at the end of its lifespan. Discuss the pros and cons with a local experienced appliance repair expert.
Pull your appliance paperwork to check the warranty of the item before addressing the repair. Does your appliance still have coverage under the warranty provided? If yes, a simple call to the warranty company or a appliance repair company could be the answer?
If your appliance is still under warranty, DO NOT move forward with a DIY repair or you could possibly void out the warranty. The instructions are stated clearly in your policy. Read the instructions carefully to keep your warranty intact.
It is extremely important to keep up with your appliance maintenance. Making sure your appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, and dryers are clean and running smoothly goes a long way to avoid costly repairs. This also keeps you from wasting time repairing avoidable problems.
Don’t ignore the simple steps you can take to keep up with this maintenance. Routine maintenance is necessary to extend the lifespan of your appliances which includes maintaining a proper cleaning schedule for your appliances.
Appliance care instructions spell out the regular maintenance needed for each type of appliance. Keep these care instructions handy to ensure proper care for the life of your appliance.
There are a lot of things that can be easy fixes for appliances that are not working properly, for example:
Check the simple, often overlooked, possible problems before you take the appliance apart. Often, you can avoid a lot of time and effort by checking simple issues. Once you’ve checked the simple items and it is still not working properly, call an appliance repair expert.
There are three costs that are necessary to review while attempting to repair an appliance to determine if the cost is justified in the expense to fix the issue:
In looking at these three costs, it should become clear which method to use to return your appliance to a fully functional state.
It would not be wise to attempt a DIY repair with an appliance problem that requires professional help. Some repairs just require a professional. Hit the easy button and get your appliance up and running quickly.
What skill set do you possess in repairing an appliance? Can you change out the refrigerator light bulb? Then, obviously, more forward. Can you check and switch out a refrigerator compressor? That skill set demands a much high skill level so calling an appliance repair expert would be a great call. You may be costing yourself more money and time if you attempt a repair outside of your skills.
If your appliance is not working at peak performance, a repair might be required or at least a service check. Make sure to call an experienced quality appliance and repair specialist who will restore it to top condition.
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is the local appliance repair company that you can count on. For 10+ years, our family-owned business has been serving customers in Pinellas County. We specialize in repairing appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and much more. Call our appliance and repair service at 727-510-3524 email us to get the job done or to schedule your appointment.