Letís face it: Home ownership has its share of ups & downs. One minute youíre flying high as you kick back with your feet up on the porch swing and the next minute youíre covered in muck that your dishwasher just spewed all over you in an angry, Iím-done-with-this manner. While it can be a bit unnerving to tackle home repairs yourself, doing so can save you a boatload Ė especially when it comes to your appliances.
Do-It-Yourself Home Appliance Repair
With the average cost of new refrigerators today, itís not surprising that the more adventurous folks among us will happily try to fix the fridge themselves. If youíre on the fence when it comes to do it yourself (DIY) appliance repairs, think about how 10 minutes of work can save you a cool grand or two.
Wait, save $1000 with only 10 minutes of work?!
Thatís right! The easiest, most effective repair of a refrigerator thatís losing its cooling power is to pop off the grill covering the cooling coils (usually underneath the fridge) and take a dust buster or wet rag to them to remove the dust bunnies. Furthermore, sometimes all is takes is a quick glance at the temperature control dial or power cord Ė youíd be amazed how many people end up paying pricey service visit fees simply because they didnít do a quick once-over of the appliance prior to making the call!
Trust the Experts
The refrigerator is just one example of how an easy fix can save you hundreds or thousands. But what about a more complicated repair such as fixing the oven or range? In cases like this, youíd want to rely on experts who are professionally trained to repair all types of appliances such as Repair & Protect, a great resource for hiring trusted professionals to assist with repairs and reading tips to help you decide if you can go it alone or need to hire an expert.
When in doubt, farm it out Ė thereís no sense in attempting a complicated repair if you donít know what youíre doing because youíll most likely just end up costing yourself more money in the end!
Once youíve decided if you can fix the appliance on your own and youíre ready to tackle the repair, make sure to educate yourself about what best practices you should follow as well as any safety precautions to take. From searching YouTube videos to reading online tutorials and enrolling in workshops at your local home improvement store, there are many ways to gain the necessary knowledge to make appliance repairs yourself in an effort to save money.
AARP has a great appliance guide that lists some of the more common easy fixes for your appliances.
Tap Your Network
If youíre unsure of the specifics required to tackle a repair and canít afford to hire a professional, consider reaching out to family members and friends who might know a thing or two about fixing appliances. When Len did this for his water heater replacement, he saved $400! You can also borrow tools and materials from others in an effort to reduce your overall repair bill.
Have you ever attempted a DIY appliance repair?
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