Common Household Appliances FAQs

Common Household Appliances FAQs

Household appliances are electrical/mechanical machines that accomplish some household functions, such as cooling/heating, cooking or cleaning. Some common household appliances include microwaves, air conditioners, dishwashers, washing machines, and trash compactors. Here are some common FAQs regarding general household appliances. If you’re having any problems with your appliance, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Affordable Appliance Repair!

How Do I Schedule A Service Call?

The best way to get the ball rolling is to start with a comprehensive inspection and maintenance schedule. We can help you weed out the dead wood, and make sure your appliances are performing their best before we start the work. We can also provide you with a complete audit of your current system. Our experts will walk you through the process, so that you can focus on the more important parts of the puzzle. The end result will be a much more efficient home or office. Having the right system is crucial for ensuring your family stays healthy and your business continues to thrive.

What Can I Expect During A Service Visit?

If you’re dealing with a common household appliance, such as your refrigerator or microwave, it’s a good idea to know what to expect during a service visit. Our technicians will typically give you a window for when they’re expected to arrive, and it’s a good idea to schedule your time accordingly. The length of a repair will depend on the problem and how long it takes to fix it. For example, a simple gasket replacement might take less than an hour, while a major repair may require a full day of labor.

Why Isn’t My New Fridge Cold?

The compressor in your fridge pushes refrigerant vapor into the coils outside, which then turn into gas that absorbs and cools. The coils can get clogged with dust and dirt, which can slow down this process. One way to speed up the cooling process is to put ice in the freezer and refrigerator. This helps make the refrigerant vapor colder, which will then cool the coils faster. Another way to help your new refrigerator or freezer cool down quickly is to keep it well-filled with food. A full freezer will also slow down the evaporator coils and fan.

Why Isn’t My Dishwasher Draining?

One of the most frustrating problems is when your dishwasher doesn’t drain after a cycle. This causes the water to sit in the bottom of the appliance, which leads to dirty dishes and a bad smell. A blocked drain hose is the most common cause of this issue. This lightweight, ribbed plastic hose connects the dishwasher pump to the sink’s garbage disposal (or an air gap if your state requires it). Check the hose for folds or kinks that could prevent it from flowing freely. If necessary, straighten it manually. This should resolve the problem, though if it doesn’t, you may need to replace the hose.

Is My Appliance Worth Repairing?

There are many times where it makes more sense to replace a broken appliance than repair it. This is especially true if the cost of repair exceeds 50% of the replacement cost. Another important factor to consider is how old the appliance is. If the appliance is old, nearing its life cycle, or out of warranty, you should consider replacing it. Other important factors to consider include parts availability and the cost of repairing with original equipment. Also, your location can impact repair costs significantly. Highly populated areas with high demand for skilled technicians or expensive living expenses will increase the cost of repairs.

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