Your home contains many systems and components you rely upon each day to complete your house cleaning and management tasks in addition to your regular life and work. Because you rely upon your home's appliances, it is essential that they work, and when they fail, you can determine the problem and hire a repair or replacement. Here are some recommendations to help you maintain your appliances when they may need repairs or replacement.
Troubleshoot the Appliance
An appliance that begins to have problems and not work properly can make your life more difficult, especially when you consider the time spent trying to repair it and the issues of working around a non-working appliance. However, you should take some steps to troubleshoot the problem to find out if it is something simple you can remedy on your own.
For example, say that your refrigerator has stopped making ice. You can check to make sure the water line is not clogged or broken, and then also look to see if the interior control arm is working to regulate the filling and emptying of the ice trays.
Check the Existing Warranty
When you have purchased your home, the appliances may have come with the home or you may have purchased the appliances on your own. In either situation, there is a chance that the appliances are covered under a warranty to help you repair or replace them.
At the initial purchase of your home or anytime later, you can choose to buy a home warranty. A home warranty traditionally covers the appliances in the home, such as the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. This coverage helps you pay for the repair or replacement of an appliance in disrepair once you have paid the service fee. If you have purchased a home warranty with your home, check into the coverage to verify all your appliances are covered. If they are not, check into the warranty company to add them as an additional covered item. Keep in mind you can extend the coverage of your home warranty as much as you wish; just pay for the premium to extend your coverage.
A new home with new appliances will also likely have a warranty that covers the appliances. The builder usually provides a warranty on the home to cover the appliances for defects. Also, brand-new appliances are covered by a manufacturer's warranty and additional coverage you may opt to purchase. Whatever the situation of your appliance coverage, call the warranty company or home builder to find out how you need to proceed to repair or replace a problem appliance.
After you have determined that the appliance does not have a simple problem you can remedy and you have learned whether it is covered under a warranty, contact a local appliance repair professional to complete the service call. For example, if your washer or dryer isn't working, reach out to washer and dryer repair professionals. If your appliances are covered under a warranty, make sure you find out who your warranty service recommends as repair professionals.