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Hiring an Appliance Repair Pro
What You Should Know Before Calling a Repair Person
Properly functioning appliances are critical for your home. But what happens when your refrigerator, oven, dryer, or dishwasher breaks down? Appliance repair services can help you get things back on track while minimizing the inconvenience that comes along with a broken-down unit.
Many homeowners wait until it's too late, or an emergency, to find a repair service. Because this often results in confusion and panic, this piece will help you navigate the common questions people ask when seeking appliance repairs. For example, how much will the service cost? What are some common problems that are likely to occur? How can you identify a quality appliance repair contractor?
Tips for Hiring an Appliance Repair Technician
To get the most reliable service for your appliances, you should carefully select a reputable repair contractor. The best professionals for the job will charge a competitive cost, provide a detailed estimate, and complete the repairs in a timely fashion.
Your appliance repair contractor should also be able to use the manufacturer warranty in mitigating repair costs. When looking for a contractor, here are some useful tips to consider:
Search locally to find a technician near you
Check customer reviews
Make sure you get a warranty for costly repairs or extensive work done
Get a detailed estimate to help you plan for the repair cost
Get a timeframe for when repairs will be completed
Five Questions to Your Appliance Pro
Big or small, your project is a significant investment. That’s why we recommend interviewing at least three qualified professionals before making a hiring decision. Ask the following questions to determine whether a pro is the right fit for your project.
Who will be working on my appliance? Some repair companies employ several repair professionals. Avoid hiring contractors who are unwilling to share details about who will be working on your project.
What will this job entail? It’s important to plan ahead for your project — especially for larger appliance installations or repairs. Don’t hire a pro who is unable to give you insight into what your project will involve.
Are you insured? Most appliance repairs will take place in your home, which means it’s important that your contractor carries both workers’ compensation and liability policies. Never hire a contractor who doesn’t carry insurance.
How will you protect my home? Be sure your pro has a plan to protect other parts of your home, particularly flooring — and especially during large installations or repairs. Avoid hiring a pro who doesn’t have a strategy to keep your home safe.
Do you provide warranties? Warranties are an indicator that a pro takes pride in their work. While it’s not a deal breaker if your pro doesn’t provide warranties, it’s a good idea to hire a professional who does.
- What do I do if my refrigerator needs to be repaired?
If your refrigerator breaks down, diagnosing the issue and seeking timely repairs will be critical. There are some common problems that most refrigerators face. For example, you may notice that food items are not being held at the correct temperature (4 degrees Celsius), or the fridge is using too much energy. In such cases, the unit may have a damaged door or a faulty condenser coil. Damaged doors can’t insulate the inside of your refrigerator well enough to prevent warm air from entering, and some units have sensors that tell the unit to turn off when the doors are not shut properly. Furthermore, a damaged condenser coil is unable to expel heat from the inside and replace it with cold air and in most cases needs to be replaced for the unit to cool again.
Having a faulty dryer can be a huge inconvenience in the home. If your dryer isn’t turning on or releasing enough heat, a repair contractor may need to check the belt or electrical wiring for any damages. Dryers tend to overheat or become short-circuited over time, especially after undergoing heavy use. The cost of repairing a dryer may vary between $100 and $400 (inclusive of parts and labor). In most cases, the repair is worth the value as it should help maintain the life of the dryer for a longer period, and be a lower cost than replacing the entire unit.
- How much do refrigerator repairs cost?
The refrigerator repair cost will vary depending on your size, model, and contractor. On average, most repairs will cost between $200 and $330, inclusive of parts and labor. Contractors may charge $40 to $120 per hour for labor, and most also provide the replacement parts necessary at an additional cost. Repairing the thermostat typically costs less than other parts such as the condenser coil or bodywork.
- What should I do if the oven or stove stops working?
Oven issues can be more challenging to diagnose than other appliances in the home. Some common oven repairs involve replacing damaged burners, heating coils, or electric cables and could be repaired by the owner if they feel capable. Depending on the age and model, the cost of repair can range between $50 and $200. Purchasing additional parts, such as a new heating coil may also increase the total repair cost. It's good to contact the manufacturer first to see if any warranties still exist, and if they have any specific repair persons they recommend. Some specialty units or smart units may require the assistance of a manufacturer-approved technician.
- What do I do if my washer needs repair?
Some of the most common washing machine issues are inadequate water supply to the unit, poor drainage due to clogging, leaks, and excessive vibration while washing. Like ovens, the washer repair cost will vary widely depending on which issue you’ll be experiencing. Most repairs cost between $200 and $400, including parts and labor. If the unit is not under warranty, then calling a reliable appliance repair shop would be helpful to diagnosis the issue and recommend a fix.