Appliance Problems? 3 Things To Consider Before Dragging Out The DIY Toolbox

13 October 2014
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You may be handy around the house and able to fix a variety of issues that arise. Some homeowners even enjoy taking on do-it-yourself projects, feeling a sense of satisfaction once the job is done and the problem solved. The thing to remember, however, is that every DIYer has his or limits, so there are some things you should consider before taking on every home appliance problem that comes along. 

1: Is It Still Under Warranty?

When you buy new appliances, most have at least a one-year manufacturer's warranty. You also have the option of buying extended warranties for most new purchases, so check out your warranty information first. You can make your warranty null and void if you attempt to do the repairs yourself first, or even if you take out fasteners to take a peek inside. If the appliance is under warranty, call the manufacturer and let the professionals handle it. 

2: Does It Have A Warning Label?

Keep in mind that not all appliances with serviceable parts can or should be repaired by you. If your appliance's manual or a label on your device warns that only an authorized service center should conduct repairs, heed that warning. Most likely this is something too complicated for you to do, or you cannot buy the replacement part you need yourself. In many cases, only someone authorized to do the repairs can order it. 

If you determine your appliance has a part that is malfunctioning, then you should find a replacement part instead of trying to repair the broken part. In most cases, it is less expensive and quicker to order a replacement part and have it installed or install it yourself than wasting your time trying to repair it. 

3: What's Holding It Together?

Depending on the appliance, sections or parts may be held together with screws, bolts are take-apart fasteners. If any of these fasteners are holding the appliance together, you most likely have the tools to remove this and access the inner parts of the appliance. However, if the appliance parts are held together with welds or rivets, you should not try to access the inner parts of the appliance. 

Appliances held together with fastener that cannot remove require a professional to get inside and do the work. And think about it, maybe those hard-to-remove fasteners are there for a reason. It may be a way to keep DIYers from trying to attempt a repair that is out of their league. Smaller appliances that you cannot get into may be designed to be thrown out instead of repaired. Manufacturers often seal the housing on an appliance or use fastener that use special tools to keep you out. 

Anytime one of your appliances stops working, take the time to read the owner's manual troubleshooting section and don't take the appliance apart unless you have to. Start with the obvious and move on from there. If you don't feel comfortable taking on a repair, call an appliance repair service like Infinity Appliance & Refrigeration Inc. to service your unit.