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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Essential Steps To Try Before Calling An Appliance Repair Service

Ross Stewart

If your washer, refrigerator or dishwasher gives out, your first thought might be to call in someone who specializes in appliance service repairs. Allowing an experienced pro to fix major or difficult problems is always wise. These experts know how to troubleshoot problems, how to best access broken or faulty machinery and which replacement parts to use.

Sometimes, a seemingly major problem turns out to be a relatively minor repair that you could have done yourself. Before you make the phone call to set up a service appointment, take a few minutes to perform some safe and simple troubleshooting and groundwork of your own. If you discover you do need professional help, you can be fully prepared with the information the repair service will require in order to assist you in the most efficient, effective and economical way possible.

  • Check the power. Make sure your appliance is connected to a power source to avoid an unnecessary (and slightly embarrassing) service call. First, make sure the power cord is plugged into a wall outlet. If it is, make sure the outlet itself works by plugging something you know to be working into that particular outlet, such as a lamp or a radio. If the outlet is problematic, check for a reset button on the outlet or check to the breaker switch.
  • Examine visible hoses, wires or belts. The problem could be as simple as a hose that fell out of a coupling. If it is a broken or missing part, you may feel comfortable fixing it yourself. If not, you can save time and money on your service visit by directing the repair person to the damage.
  • Look for codes. Some modern appliances flash codes on their digital displays when they are not working correctly. These codes can pinpoint the problem, which could be as simple as the need for a replacement filter to something more challenging. Check your owner's manual, go to the manufacturer's website or call their toll-free number to find out the explanation of any fault codes displayed.
  • Gather paperwork. If, after your attempts to resolve the issue, your appliance still refuses to operate properly, you should call a service repair professional like J & M Appliance. Before you do, round up your owner's manual, receipt and any other documents relating to the machine. At the very least, you will be able to describe the make, model and age of your equipment. You might even determine that you have a warranty to cover any parts and repairs!