We rely on our household appliances each and every day to help make our lives simpler, but all too often we don’t always treat them right. Repair companies tell Angie’s List they see homeowners do things such as stuff the freezer and fridge too full of food - blocking the air supply, overfilling dishwashers – or simply not giving the machines the routine maintenance they need.
According to the nationwide Angie’s List poll:
· More than 40 percent of respondents say they’ll host holiday dinners this year, putting their ovens, refrigerators and garbage disposals to the test.
Angie’s List dos & don’ts to get the most out of your appliances:
· Stoves/Ovens– Self-cleaning cycles cause the oven to run at extremely high temperatures. Do not run the self-cleaning cycle right before your big meal. Check your oven’s performance at least two weeks before the big day by getting a basic cake mix and following the directions exactly. If the cake isn’t perfect in the time frame set out on the box, your oven’s temperature might be off. Clean the oven after each use with soap and water – that will help prevent having to run the self-clean function.
· Garbage disposals – Keep the blades sharp by running cold water and sending a cup of ice down the disposal. Run cold water for 10 seconds before inserting food into the disposal and for 30 seconds after each use. Cold water helps solidify grease and fat so they can be chopped up by the disposal.
· Maintain your appliances: Maintenance required for your appliance will depend on the manufacturer. Always check with your model’s manual. Whenever you perform extensive maintenance work on your appliances, take the necessary safety precautions. Shut off electrical and gas lines when working on them. Consult an appliance repair professional for major maintenance/repairs.
· When to repair versus replace: If an appliance repair will cost more than half the cost of the new appliance and the unit is more than six or seven years old, you’re probably better off replacing it with a newer model.
There are many factors consumers need to consider before hiring an appliance repair service. Home appliances are expensive, and you want to ensure the company you hire is reputable and has the skills required to complete the fix in a timely and efficient manner.
Angie’s List Tips: Hiring an appliance repair service
· Research potential hires. Get at least three estimates and compare the bids based on price, parts, labor and warranty. You also want to research how long the company has been in business, check reviews on Angie’s List and speak with past clients.
· Inquire about costs. Expect to pay up to $100 for a typical service call. Additional parts and labor charges will apply if you hire the company for a repair, but many companies will deduct the service charge.
· Check skill level. It’s important to hire a company whose employees have the training to complete the job. Ask if the employees are factory trained or certified in appliance repair. Ask if they have experience working with your make and model.
· Is the work under warranty? Check to see if the repair service guarantees its work, and determine how long. Most warranties vary from 90 days to one year.
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