What do you do when your heater stops working? Or when the air cooler starts making a racket? Should you repair or replace it? Should you repair it yourself or call in a professional? This article focus on all that you need to know about fixing your appliances.
Diagnose the problem
The first thing that you need to do when your appliance breaks down is to diagnose the problem. You can try to figure it out yourself or hire a professional to do so. Sometimes, you may not be able to identify the problem, depending on how handy or knowledgeable you are about the appliances. In this case, hiring a professional is a smart move.
Decide whether you will fix it yourself
After you get to know the problem, you can decide whether to fix your appliances yourself or hire a professional. Fixing the appliance yourself may be cheaper if you really know what you are doing. However, it could also end up being very expensive. You could make things worse making it more expensive to repair. Interestingly, most repairs are easy to carry out than you think. If fixing an appliance will not void a warranty, fixing an appliance is the best, cheapest option.
Even if you are handy, sometimes fixing yourself equals voiding the warranty. It is advisable to check the conditions under which the warranty could become null and void. If an appliance needs a repair that requires more skills that you currently have, hiring a professional is the way to go.
If you are dealing with an electric problem, hiring a professional is a must. Trying to fix the problem yourself could result in short charging the machine, rendering it useless. You could also expose yourself and others to dangers, including an electrical fire. Only a licensed professional should handle electric problems.
When should you replace?
The general rule of thumb is that if the repairing cost is about half of the cost of buying a new appliance, just buy another.
Here are some factors that can help you determine the cost of repairing or replacing an appliance:
Delivery, installation and removal fees
If you replace your faulty appliance, you may need to pay for the removal of the old one, the delivery of the new one, and installation of the new one. Appliances that use water or that require some bit of work to install may incur extra installation charges. It’s important to check a store’s policies before you buy a new appliance.
Are labor costs included in your warranty?
If the appliance is covered by a partial or limited warranty, add up the labor costs to see whether they add up to at least half of the cost of replacing the machine. A partial or limited warranty usually covers only the cost of the parts. If your warranty includes the parts and the labor, a repair will be the best option. Some warranties cover the entire replacement of the warranty.
All in all
The above article guides you through all that you need to know about fixing your appliances. If your appliance becomes faulty, you need not guess anymore, pay a professional to do a simple repair, or void the warranty when trying to fix it yourself. You also know the situations when calling a professional could be a matter of life or death.