Repairs-Can You Do It Yourself?
We love our appliances, until something happens, and a repair is needed. The question I often get is, “Can I fix it myself?” My answer must be, “Sometimes.” Let me give you an example.
I recently had a customer call about replacing the bottom seal on her dishwasher door. Since she was out of my service area and had someone who could install the part, I sent her the part with instructions to call me should there be questions. Two takeaways from this repair scenario. One, she inspected the seals on her dishwasher, a great thing to do periodically, as it was disintegrating, and would have caused flooding. Two, she had someone to install the part-her son is a mechanical engineer.
While many people may think that they can make their own repairs it often does not work out as expected. Professional repair technicians are trained to make the often tricky repairs that may seem simple at first glance.
In a previous blog, Call a Pro or Fix It Yourself, I outlined general guidelines on when you need to call in a professional. Two additional blogs listed below will provide you with specific information on dishwashers and refrigerators. These three articles should help you decide on whether it is worth your time and effort to make your own repairs.
Ask yourself these questions before committing to a Do It Yourself approach, Do you have:
- The time to make a repair? – remember a technician can typically make a repair in half the time
- The skill to make the repair?
- A back-up plan in place should you need additional assistance?
- The serial numbers of the appliance to guarantee that you can get the correct part?
And a major question to answer:
- Will you invalidate the warranty if you repair the appliance yourself?
Here at Katie’s Appliance Repair, I strive to give you the best service possible. This is why I guarantee parts and labor on all of my repairs for one year.
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