Repairing appliances need not be a scary proposition as long as you remember to do a few things. Turn the power off unless your repair requires testing for voltage. If you are conducting a test with a component that stores a charge, make sure to discharge it before you touch the terminals. Make sure to turn off the main water-supply valve for appliances that use water.
What Causes an Appliance to Run Sluggishly?
If your appliances seem to be running sluggishly, it could be a sign that the circuits are overloaded almost to the point of tripping a circuit breaker. Try reducing the number of appliances that run at the same time or using shorter extension cords to get your appliances running at peak efficiency again.
What Tools Will I Need?
The tools that may be required when you repair an appliance are often the tools you already have in your toolbox. Get yourself screwdrivers capable of both flathead and Phillips screw varieties. When using adjustable wrenches, make sure that that the load applied to the fix jaw that is stronger than the adjustable jaw. A bright worklight can help you see better beneath and behind appliances. Invest in a multi-meter and continuity tester if you plan on appliance repair always starting out as a DIY project.
What Should I Look for in Countertop Kitchen Appliances?
Things to look for in small appliances that will call your kitchen home include an electrical cord that can be stored inside the appliance or that has a self-retracting cord. You want to take all steps you can to minimize the danger of electricity meeting up with water inside your kitchen. You also want to use small appliances that dismantle into smaller parts for easy cleaning.
Where the Cuss are the Cussing Screws On This Thing?
Some appliances seem to be incapable of being repaired because there is no obvious way of getting to the machine’s inside parts. Your best bet for getting into an appliances with no apparent screws is to find the name plate and remove it. To create a streamlined design, the entry into the inside parts of small appliances is often hidden behind the nameplate.
How Do I Increase the Chances of Troubleshooting Repairs?
You can significantly improve your chances of properly troubleshooting the repair necessary on an appliance by buying a machine that comes with warning lights. Pick a stove with a light that comes on to let you know if the burner is receiving enough power to heat up. Choose a refrigerator with a water line that to the ice maker that provides easy access so that you can know when the problem is related to water flow.
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