When is a home appliance repair really necessary?
In Australia, where a lot of appliances are not well kept and don’t last long, a home or apartment repair is probably the only thing a homeowner will ever need to do, said Peter Dyer, a senior associate at the Australian Automotive Repair Association.
“But if you’re looking for a way to get the most out of your home or a place where you can get your own service from an expert, this might be the best option,” he said.
“A lot of people just want to get a job done.”
What is a maintenance appliance?
The repair of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and dryers requires a skilled technician to operate them.
They may have to be fitted with new parts and may need to be replaced when the appliance is in need of servicing.
A typical maintenance appliance is a dishwasher, a dishwasher/dryer, a sink, a washing machine and the dishwasher itself.
Some may have an electrical breaker or fuse box installed, but these are not considered maintenance items.
“These appliances can be replaced by an experienced professional but the cost is going to be higher than a replacement of the entire unit,” Mr Dyer said.
He said the cost of the appliance may not be a concern for people who do not have a lot to lose and who want to ensure they have the equipment that is needed.
“If you have an appliance that is not in good repair it may be an issue to get them fixed because they may be used more frequently and you may need them for longer periods of time,” Mr dyer said, adding that he would recommend getting the service done by someone who is experienced.
What if I need a repair?
A simple, simple answer is to not ask the person in charge.
“The first thing you should do is find someone who knows the area,” Mr Daigle said.
The same is true for maintenance work.
“For some people, the first question is what type of work they need to have done,” he added.
“It’s important to get it done by an expert before the repair is done.”
For someone who has had a serious appliance repair done, there is a lot more to consider.
The appliances may need some serious repairs, such as replacing a fuse box or a breaker, but a simple cleaning can also help to keep the appliance running as well as the machine running.
Mr Dyrke said that if you can’t get the work done yourself, a local shop could do the job for you.
“There is no shame in asking for help.
You can just ask for a service call from a local repair shop,” he advised.
What should I do if I can’t find a service in my area?
If you can, it is important to seek advice from an experienced service provider.
“You should ask if they are available in your area or they are able to do the work for you,” Mr Jager said.
For more information on appliance repairs, check out our home repair article.
Read more about home repair from the ABC.