The appliances in your home are meant to perform for years at a time. These appliances work hard to provide you with heat, clean dishes and clothing, and cool air, and usually do so without too many problems. It’s easy to take appliances for granted, and you often don’t think about your appliance until they are no longer working properly. If you don’t know how your appliances work, you may be worried about getting them to function again. It’s important to know the inner workings of your home appliances so you can make major repairs yourself or call a professional who can get the job done right. While you may think fixing the appliance yourself will save you money, this is only true if you understand how to take the right steps to ensure that your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator or microwave is working the way it should. And, even if you decide to call appliance repair professional, you should know a little about the steps he/she should take to provide repair services for you.
Before the repair starts, it’s best to disassemble all or part of the appliance. This process is very similar for all appliances, even though the device are different. The parts must be removed in reverse of the way they were put together by the manufacturer. If you’re handling this part of the repair yourself, you’ll need to check the owner’s manual to see assembly diagrams and written directions. Your repair professional should refer to the manual as well. Remember, you’ll have to put the appliance back together, so make sure you or your repair professional lay out the parts in order and keep the fasteners on hand. If you don’t think you’ll be able to remember all the steps, make drawings or take notes while you’re working. Label all the wires and terminals if you have to disconnect several wires.
Luckily, several major appliances have similar components, which makes them easier to repair. For instance, once you learn how to repair the power cord on your refrigerator, you can apply the same skills for the washing machine power cord.
In many cases, the breakdown of an appliance is a sign that the device is worn out, has a frayed power cords, or has plugs that don’t make adequate electrical contact anymore. To ensure your safety while using and repairing the appliance, check all the cords for issues and replace broken or frayed cords as soon as possible. If you think a cord may be faulty, take it from the appliance and use a continuity tester to check its effectiveness.
You should also ask your appliance technician about gaskets and if there is a weight limit for your appliances so you won’t overwork them. Be sure to ask whether your appliance repair professional is certified and insured. It’s also a good idea to check on the warranty of your item(s) before you make an appointment for a repair to see if you’re eligible for a new appliance.