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Repair or Replace Your Appliances

Have you ever been in this position? You’re at home, running errands and doing chores, when all of a sudden your dishwasher or laundry machine gives up on you? Appliances can give out on us at the most inconvenient of times and often break before their time, making the decision to repair or replace a difficult one. Before you make any rash decisions, learn what you should do before you replace your appliance.

Initial Check Up

If money is tight, you may want to repair the appliance before you think about replacing it entirely with a new model. Checking the machine may seem like silly and obvious advice but ensure you’re doing a thorough inspection of the system before you give it the old “heave-ho”.

First, check the outlets and circuit breakers associated with the appliance to make sure that it’s plugged in or you haven’t blown a fuse. If everything is plugged in and circuits are in working order, inspect the vents and filters (if they apply). A back up of dust or “gunk” could be the cause of a small glitch. Third, if the first two don’t seem to be the problem check the flooring underneath to see if it’s uneven. Uneven flooring can cause your appliance to spontaneously turn off. If all of these things don’t apply to your situation, you may want to consider the following.

Bringing in a Professional

Fixing an appliance on your own is not impossible but we recommend bringing in a professional to handle things that may be above your knowledge of appliance repair. This may cost more money but if you fix it yourself, the fix may not last as long as the work of a professional.

Other things to keep in mind when you’re considering doing the job yourself, are that many electrical replacement pieces are non-refundable, making a misdiagnoses a problem and a waste of money. Additionally, if your machine is under warranty, you risk voiding that warranty if there’s proof you messed around with it. Try and avoid doing any makeshift repairs, and call the professional to get the job done properly.

Hidden Costs

If you’ve decided to go the route of updating your appliance and replacing it, remember there can be hidden costs of doing so. For example, if you’re replacing an old refrigerator think about the space it’s in. Will you need to make the space bigger to make room for your new and improved fridge? Does your laundry room only have room for stackable units or bigger units? Have you had enough with electric and want to upgrade to gas? You’ll need to add a gas line to your home and this could cost you thousands. Replacing an appliance isn’t as easy as you may think sometimes. Measure the spaces and do some serious research before you swipe your credit card.

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