Thursday, January 23, 2014

Appliance Repair Questions You Need to Ask and Answer

Appliance Repair San Antonio Texas

Appliance repair can be quite intimidating at first. The machines are large and the job they do still have the slightest whiff of magical miracle about them. That intimidation you feel at first will begin to disappear almost miraculously itself if you approach things one step at a time. Knowing the right question to form beforehand is almost as important as having the right answer. 

    • What Tools Do I Need for Appliance Repair?

Dryers, washing machines and refrigerators are big, noisy and very adept at hiding their inner workings. All of which may make it seem as though some very specialized tools are required for the kind of simple repair and troubleshooting you may be called upon to do. And, yes, for advanced repairs of these large appliances, tools can be required that aren't found in the typical home. Troubleshooting common problems with dryers, washers and refrigerators, on the other hand, require nothing more sophisticated than screwdrivers, wrenches, maybe a ratchet and a flashlight. The only tool for appliance repair that many people don't already own is a multimeter. Since many appliance repair jobs that the average homeowner can do themselves require that you first rule out problems with electricity, the $20 that an adequate multimeter costs is more than worth the expense. 

    • What is Always the First Step When Appliances Stop Working?

Before blowing a gasket over the possibility that a major appliance is going to require major repairs or--even worse--replacement, you should always do one of two thing first. Well, the first thing to do is calm down, take a breath and make sure the darn thing hasn't merely come unplugged. If your appliances run on electricity, head to the main service panel in your house. You will be checking to see if either a circuit breaker tripped for a fuse blew, depending on the type of service panel you have. You may then need replace the blow fuse or flip the circuit breaker. Afterwards, check to see if this solves the problem of needing to repair the appliance. If your power supply is gas rather than electricity, check that your supply of gas is actually getting to the appliance. 

    • What Should I Double-Check When My Dryer Won't Start?

The clothes dryer is a special case when it comes to appliance repair. Even minor troubleshooting requiring those screwdrivers and wrenches may very well be unnecessary if you keep in mind that one very common cause of dryers not starting is nothing more complicated than a door that does not fully shut. Always take the time to double and triple check that the door to your dryer is solidly closed. If there is even the slightest lack of complete contact, it could cause the dryer to become as useless as if it were unplugged. 

    • Why Should I Closely Inspect Washing Machine Hoses?

Get to know the hoses of your washing machine. A close inspection of the hoses of washing machines can tell you whether major appliance repair is unnecessary or whether fixing the problem is something you can do in less than an hour. If the repair concerns are related to a lack of proper drainage following the rise cycle, it could be due either to serious hose damage or just a kink that merely needs to be straightened. If you notice water leaking from your washing machine, check first for a loose connection between appliance and hose. If the connection is solid, the leak could be the result of a hose that was inserted improperly to begin with. Hose problems doesn't automatically equal the need for a replacement, but if none of the other tweaks solve the case, then you could still get lucky enough to avoid a big repair bill with a simple hose replacement. 

    • Why is the Refrigerator Door Key to Efficiency Issues?

The one appliance repair you don't want becoming a serious issue above all others is probably the refrigerator. Most people can probably live without their washer or dryer longer than they can live without the refrigerator. Which is why you want to pay special attention to your refrigerator door. Specifically, you want to take notice of any indication that the door is not sealing shut as tightly as usual. That rubber gasket running around the door is something too easy to take for granted and it is very easy to let a little creeping looseness in the gasket slide by. That would be a mistake since a refrigerator door gasket coming unsealed can have the effect of making your appliance begin to start running constantly and that means higher power bills as well as the potential for food to start spoiling much more quickly. Another repair issue you may encounter that can be caused by a loose door gasket is the sudden problem of frost accumulating in the freezer. If caught early, this appliance repair calls for nothing more than tightening the seal. If you let it go too long, it will mean having to replace the entire gasket.

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20403 Encino Ledge #591051

San Antonio, Texas  78259




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