Our homes are full of appliances. We simply don’t realize how many appliances we have and how often we use them until one of them breaks. Of course, we could try to repair it ourselves; however, this really only works with simple, like a handle breaking off the refrigerator door or plastic knob cracking off the stove, where you can easily order the replacement part online and fix it yourself. But when it comes to advanced electronic control panels within each appliance, it is often best to leave repairs to the professionals. But how do you know if it’s something you can handle or if you need to call a professional?
Doing the Repair Yourself
If the part of the appliance that broke is easy to get to (like the plastic knob on the oven or the handle on the refrigerator or freezer), the repair can often be done easily yourself. Looking in the appliance manual for the official part number and name of the broken piece would be your first step. Most manuals can be found online using your appliance manufacturer and model number. Sometimes you can order the replacement part directly from the manufacturer, depending on the age and model of the appliance. Occasionally, you may need to get the part from a local or online distributor if it is an older model appliance or specialty appliance that many commercial kitchens use. This might take a few days if it is not in stock or needs to be shipped, so you may have to deal with not using that appliance temporarily or making an adjustment to use it until the repair can be made. Once you receive the part, follow the directions for how to install it or watch a video online to help you do it yourself.
Using the Appliance Manual Troubleshooting Guide
Sometimes the repair is a little more complicated than simply replacing a broken knob or handle. This is where the troubleshooting guide in the appliance manual can be handy. If you cannot locate your appliance manual, you can always search online. Most have easy-to-follow tables that describe what the appliance is doing (or not doing) and walks you through several steps to fix the issue. Sometimes this is a quick fix of resetting something within the appliance that was tripped because of an electrical power surge, other times it may specifically state that you would need to call a professional for the repair. Following the steps within the guide or manufacturer’s website is fairly easy to do to rule out some issues that may be occurring.
Getting the Professionals Involved
When all else fails or if you are too scared to attempt to repair something yourself, definitely get the professionals involved. When looking for an appliance pro, you want a company that services a range of appliances and experts that have been trained in the appliance you wanted fixed. You can easily find an appliance professional online with a quick search. You also want to make sure they cover your geographic area. Some experts will only travel to certain areas to service clients, so you need to make sure they are willing to travel to your location. For example, experts at appliance repair in Honolulu covers more than 20 cities and more than 20 manufacturers of appliances. Their team of trained professionals each have a minimum of 10 years of experience when it comes to repairing both residential and commercial appliances. Many experts offer a free quote for the repairs so you know whether or not the repair should be done or a new appliance bought instead.
Whether we have a commercial or residential appliance, we depend on our appliances to get us through every single day smoothly. So making sure they are in working order or repaired quickly (whether by us or by the professionals) will always be a top priority.