Appliances tend to break or become damaged over time. Repairing them is something we’d rather not do. But if you want to save yourself some money, there’s no other option. It might seem difficult at first because of all the things you don’t know about appliance repair — but worry not, my friend. I’m here to tell you the things nobody tells you about appliance repair before you attempt it on your own.
1. Don’t do it yourself
You may think that fixing your own appliances will save you money and time, but this isn’t always true. Appliance repair service professionals have years of experience dealing with appliances and know exactly how to fix them. If you try to do it yourself, you might end up making things worse than if you let an expert handle the job for you.
2. Shop around for a good deal
If you’re buying an appliance from a big box store, like Best Buy or Lowe’s, you may find that they offer free appliance repair. This isn’t something all stores do, but if yours does, take advantage of it! When we purchased our refrigerator, we had to buy the extended warranty in order to get free repairs. But then when it was time for repairs on the compressor, they offered us a couple different options — one was having them come out and fix it right away and another was having them replace the entire unit. We opted for the latter because it was cheaper than paying someone else to come out and fix it.
3. Don’t be swayed by big money ads
You’re going to see tons of ads for appliance repair services and products on TV and in print. They’ll promise fast results and guaranteed satisfaction with their service. Don’t fall for it! Appliance repair is an intricate process that requires more than just replacing some parts or repairing wires and cables. It’s not easy work by any means, but it can be done by someone who knows what they’re doing…if they have the right tools and experience. Unfortunately, many companies make big promises but don’t deliver when it comes time to fix your appliance. So if you see an ad that looks too good to be true (and most do), then stay away from it!
4. Read customer reviews
I’m a big fan of reading customer reviews before I buy anything. It’s the best way to find out how something works, how it holds up over time, and what to expect if you buy or rent it. Reviews are also a fantastic resource when researching services as well—they can give you a good idea of how much to expect to pay, what kinds of results they offer, and even help you figure out who might be a good fit for your needs.
So why don’t we use customer reviews more often when asking for service recommendations? “Service” is an intangible thing. You can’t see or touch the labor that goes into it; you just have to take someone’s word for it. That makes it hard for some people to trust reviews about service providers, but there are still things you can do to make the most of them when you feel like you’re in need of some professional assistance. Here are four tips to help you cut through the noise and make sure that your next service experience is as positive as possible.
Above all else, the best way to find a good appliance repairman is to know someone who can recommend one to you. If that isn’t possible, take the time to ask neighbors or friends for their recommendations. It never hurts to get a few referrals before picking up the phone and calling each company in order to see what they can offer. Once you have decided on a company, watch out for hidden costs that could end up costing you more than you anticipated. Also, don’t be afraid to get an estimate written down on paper in case you need it later on.