Home Appliance Repairs
Home appliances are not cheap and nowadays it may seem that they are not built to last. You may argue
whether one brand is better than another and that may be the case but the truth is home appliance repairs are
becoming an everyday part of maintaining a house.
If you are a do it yourself type of person you may be tempted to roll up your sleeves and try to repair that
broken dishwasher or refrigerator but the reality is that most people are looking for home appliance service
When you buy a new appliance nowadays it is hard to avoid the hard sell for a home repair service plan that goes
beyond the manufacturers warranty plan. For some kinds of home appliances you may very well need them.
Though they cost a bit if your purchase of a refrigerator for example is substantial you may find that it is not
only worth the money but worth the peace of mind. We actually had a refrigerator motor replaced 3 times after
the warranty ran out and then just decided to buy a new refrigerator. We definitely should have bought a
service plan in that case. The cost of the home appliance technician visit and the replacement parts ended up
being more that the plan would have been. Home repair warranty plans are sometimes part of the warranty it
all depends on the manufacturer, some favor shipping your appliance to a central repair location if it is small
enough. Keep in mind that home appliance service providers can sometimes be independent while others are
directly associated with the store or brand that you have purchased.
Are Store Service Plans for You?
In this area stores like Best Buy, Sears, Home Depot and Lowe's have services for many of the home appliances
that they sell, even small appliances. Even though you can think of this as a form of home appliance
insurance they are basically "service plans". You can actually buy actual home appliance insurance with some
of the home insurance companies. Typically home appliance repairs are not covered by home owners insurance
policies. If you are buying a new home or remodeling your kitchen for example this may definitely be worth it
for you. If you consider the cost of a well reviewed stove, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator you can
easily run from $5000 and up. Higher end kitchens would be even more expensive and you are not even
considering small appliances like vacuum cleaners and toasters or the must have air conditioner nowadays.
There are 2 reasons that home appliance repairs seem to be on the rise:
1)The economy - people can not afford a new home appliance like a washer or dryer
2)Quality of Home Appliances deteriorating - Whether you buy into this or not there are many anecdotal
stories of appliances (like my mother's washing machine) that she has had over 30 years with minor repairs if any
kind versus more prevalent stories of refrigerators and stoves that haven't survived a month without need for some
kind of fix or replacement.
Consider Trained Home Appliance Repairers
This being said you really need to be careful about trying to fix appliances yourself. Home appliance
repairs should be done by trained technicians. If you look at some of the typical reasons appliances break it
is usually related to appliance parts that either were not of quality to begin with or were not meant to be used as
much as we may use it.
Good examples of that are refrigerator motors and dishwasher rack parts. As mentioned before our
refrigerator motor gave out regularly on a refrigerator we bought at Sears. Some of it may have been
attributable to the design of the refrigerator since it had an ice dispenser inside the refrigerator instead of
outside. At the time our children were younger and we thought an outside ice maker would be too tempting and
subject to breaking due to curious little hands. This design though forces you to open the refrigerator more
often and the temperature of the refrigerator kept dropping so the motor seemed to be kicking in non-stop.
Dishwashers are also subject to a lot of wear and tear due to the loading and unloading of dishes. How
many of us read the manual on how to properly load our dishwasher? I would guess not many. Trying to
fix some these things yourself may be plausible if you can find the right home appliance repair parts. Stores
like Home Depot and Lowe's do try to supply parts for many brands. Other sources for appliance parts may be
the manufacturers themselves like Maytag but again I must reiterate that contacting a home appliance repair service
may be the safer option.
If you are handy though home appliance repairs may be for you. There are plenty of plumbers, electricians
and contractors that are comfortable beyond their specialty. Though some home appliances now come with
complicated electronics. For us laypeople I would just leave it to the professionals and nowadays I would buy
some form of home appliance service plan for my big appliances like stoves, refrigerators, washers and
dryers. The more you spend on them the more upset you will be if they break down in the middle of something
big. If you opt for a local home appliance repair shop make sure to do your homework so that the repairs
don't end up costing you more than buying a new appliance. They can definitely take a chunk out of your