Before Your Call: Tips on Saving Repair Costs
You’ve called a repair service, only to find that your “repair” is only a blown circuit breaker or a clogged filter. You still have to pay for that service call and now have added to your frustration level. So, before you call, consider these tips on how to save on unnecessary repair bills.
- Check your circuit breaker – There have been many repair calls made that can be solved by the simple flip of a switch. Note: Label your circuit breaker with the different areas of your house that each switch covers. This makes it easier, not only for you, but for a repairman to check.
- Put an LED nightlight in the same outlet as your washer/freezer or other major appliance – Why? You can tell quickly if you have blown a circuit. No need to go to the breaker box unless the light is out. This is a very low cost way to know that the circuit breaker is not involved.
- Less is more – when it comes to putting soap in your washing machine. Too much soap can cause many issues that may not show up immediately.
- Don’t scrub everything before placing in the dishwasher – You may think that making sure your dishes are rinsed thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher means that they will get cleaner, but this is not the case. New soaps work better with dirty dishes. In fact, you may cause your dishes to “etch” by making them “too clean” before turning on the wash cycle.
- Cut dryer sheets in half – Full dryer sheets can cause a build up over time in your dryer. Dryer sheets that are cut in half, not only save you money, they work just as well as a full sheet.
- Clean your filters – filters or lint traps in the dishwasher or dryer need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Save yourself a repair bill by planning routine cleaning.
- Routine cleaning – Use prepared cleaning tablets (like Afresh) or white vinegar to clean out your washer, and dishwasher. Wipe out the dryer with a clean cloth and a mixture of white vinegar and water. This works well for your microwave too.
- Call a pro for repair – If you haven’t repaired appliances before, chances are that you could cause a bigger problem by trying to fix it yourself. While many simple repairs can be done by the general public, others should be turned over to professionals. Use good judgement when analyzing if you are able to repair your own appliances.
- Learn where your water turnoff valve is located – Especially important for ice-makers and washing machines.
Doing these nine things may not prevent you from having a repair bill, however, it may extend the life of your appliances and make the repair visit shorter and in the end, lessen labor costs.