A home appliance is like any other machine. It has any number of parts, some of them static and some moving. These parts will, at times, stop working properly or stop working completely. Depending on the part or system that is malfunctioning, the entire appliance may stop working. But, as is true with other machines, some preventive maintenance can help prevent major breakdowns.
There is a saying in medicine that “prevention is the best cure”. By taking a few precautions before a problem arises, homeowners can often extend the life of their appliances and keep them working in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips that you might find useful.
1. Safety First! Virtually all modern home appliances run on electricity or gas. You should NEVER attempt to make a repair on an appliance until you turn off its power source or stop the gas from flowing. Unplug electric appliances or shut off the circuit breaker to that appliance before you begin work. For gas appliances, close the gas valve and bleed the lines if needed. It is a sad but true fact that many Americans are killed or injured each year when they fail to obey the safety rules. Don’t let that happen to you.
2. Check the Owners Manual: If you encounter a problem with your appliance, begin by looking at the owner’s manual that came with it. Many times you will find a troubleshooting guide that can help you diagnose the problem and fix it. If you do not have a manual, check online as many of the major brands now offer free access to these publications.
3. Whenever possible, make sure you can get the repair parts that you will need before you start disassembling the appliance. Sometimes you may not know what you need until you get into the appliance, but always try to give yourself as much time as possible in case you have to order a part. If you find that you need a part but are having a hard time finding it, give us a call. We may have the part you need or be able to guide you to another company that does have the part.
4. Your owner’s manual will often contain routine maintenance tasks that should be followed. Most, if not all, of these tasks can be accomplished with only a few simple hand tools. For instance, many modern refrigerators dispense water. These systems often have a filter on the water line that needs to be replaced or cleaned periodically. If a filter becomes clogged, slow water flow will appear. In extreme cases, no water at all will flow through the system.
5. If you are not sure about what to do or if you do not feel safe doing the work yourself, contact Smith Brothers Appliance Repair and we will be happy to assist in any way that we can. We know that being without your appliance is a hassle, so we work hard at getting back in service fast.