Protect Your Investment

Buying a home is a major investment. Outfitting that home with household appliances is also a major purchase.

A refrigerator, kitchen stove, clothes washer, dryer, dishwasher, and hot water heater are all basic appliances nearly every home has. The price tag for such appliances adds up to a significant investment.

When you buy kitchen appliances very often you’re being offered to purchase a preventive maintenance plan. Don’t rush with that option as all appliances carry a manufacturers’ warranty and also depending on where you buy your appliances, vendor might provide you with additional warranty, so make sure you’ve checked your options and know what you’re paying for.

While preventive maintenance is wise for both small appliance and major appliance care, today’s small kitchen appliances designed mostly to be “disposable.” Appliances such as electric can openers, toasters, blenders, electric kettles and even a microwave oven are designed to have a service life of 5 to 10 years, before being discarded. For instance, a microwave oven that used to cost hundreds of dollars, may currently be available for $50 or under. On the other hand, a clothes washer and dryer set that used to cost $600 to $800 may now have a current market value of $1200 to $1800.

Repair needs sometimes arise that require a home appliance part and the expertise of a major appliance repair service provider. For most homeowners, troubleshooting or repair efforts that go beyond the guidelines in the owner’s manual could result in serious bodily injury or unnecessary damage to the appliance.

Stove repair, dishwasher repair, and clothes washer repair involving the electronic control circuitry requires the expertise of a professional trained in troubleshooting electronics. Other types of repair such as the transmission on a clothes washer, extreme refrigerator temperature problems (too warm or too cold), or a water heater problem with the thermostat control are also best left to an appliance service professional.

In addition to the above, services such as refrigerator repair may involve handling substances such as Freon that have strict government guidelines for use and disposal and servicing a natural gas stove require more than a basic knowledge of handling natural gas appliances. Remember, natural gas is odorless and very dangerous substance that can become explosive when mixed in a right proportion with air’s oxygen.

So here comes one of the best appliance maintenance/repair tips available: know your limitations. Some types of appliance maintenance repair best left to the professionals.