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Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

Common Household Appliance Repairs To Learn About

If you own a home or live in an apartment, then you know how important your household appliances are. In many cases, your standard of living drastically changes if one of these appliances breaks down. That’s why you have to know at least the basics of how to fix them yourself, or who to call to get them fixed.

Four of the common appliances that are going to need some maintenance include your refrigerator, your air conditioner, your washing machine, and your furnace. Some repairs aren’t too hard to do on your own, but others definitely need a technician or specialist.

photo/ Steve Buissinne

Refrigerator Repair

There isn’t much you can fix on your own if your refrigerator breaks. There are a limited number of parts that are accessible to the average person. The compressor can go bad. Some aspect of the electrical circuitry can go bad. Those things need professional servicing. However, if there’s just a buildup of ice somewhere or perhaps some moisture in the wrong place, you might be able to handle that on your own. Searching for the symptoms of the particular failure that are occurring would be your first step in that determination.

Air Conditioner Repair

When it comes to repairing and maintaining your air conditioning, there are a few things you can solve, and other things that professionals have to deal with. It’s not too hard to clean your air conditioner if it starts running slowly or intermittently because of dirt or debris stuck in it. However, beyond the cleaning process, you may have to have a professional commitment, or it might even be worth it just to get the appliance replaced. Sometimes repairs can be more expensive than the unit itself!

Washing Machine Repair

If you’ve ever had your washing machine suddenly start acting up, you know that it can cause trouble in your household very quickly. Laundry can pile up extremely fast, and a broken washing machine exacerbates that problem. One of the most common things to go bad is that it will stop draining for some reason. If you can’t figure out a few simple solutions to that, then it’s time to call the repairman.

Furnace Repair

When it comes to furnace repair, it’s almost always best left to the professionals. Because there are gas lines or oil lines coming to your furnace, and a lot of fixes need specialized tools, it’s usually better not to try and figure out the problem on your own. If there’s just a leak somewhere in your ventilation system, you might be able to patch that over. But if anything is actually going bad with the furnace itself, you can cause more damage without meaning to, or you can call a maintenance specialist and see what he or she has to say.

Author: Anna Johansson

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