One of the best ways to save money is to repair a broken appliance rather than replacing it. You can save hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. Of course, no one looks forward to the expense of a major appliance repair, even if it’s cheaper than buying new. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to save money on appliance repair as well.
Make a Note of The Symptoms
Some appliance issues may seem straightforward. For example, it’s obviously a problem if your washing machine is leaking. However, if the technician knows in advance where in the wash cycle the leak occurs, the technician can use this information to help accurately diagnose and fix the issue.
It can be easy to forget the details of an appliance issue when you’re on the spot, so write down anything you notice at the time the issue occurs and try to answer these questions:
- What is your appliance doing that is not a part of its usual function?
- Is the appliance usable?
- If you can use the appliance, how long has the issue been happening?
- Does it happen every time you use the appliance?
- Has anything changed related to the appliance recently? For example, was it moved to a new location or exposed to extreme temperatures?
Write Down The Appliance Brand, Model, and Model Number
Knowing the brand, model, and model number in advance can help ensure the technician has the right tools and parts available at the time of the initial service call. Most appliances have a label, icon, or ornamentation listing the brand of the device. The model number can be a bit trickier. Depending on the appliance, there might be a panel on the back of the unit with this information or an information label inside the door. Others can have a bottom panel that is removable, with a model/unit number printed inside.
Alternatively, if you have your user manual, it should include the make and model of your appliance. If you do not have your user manual, and you cannot locate the model number on the appliance, write down the brand and a brief description of the appliance. How old is it? Does it have any unique features beyond standard settings, such as an extended soak cycle?
Hold Onto Your Warranty Information
Depending on your brand and model, your appliance may still be under warranty. If so, the parts needed for the repair may be covered. Some warranties also cover labor costs, but not all do so it is important to make sure you know in advance what is covered.
Prep for the Tech
Many appliance repair services charge by the hour for work, so one of the best ways to save money is to make sure the technician isn’t spending those precious billable hours working to get access to your appliance.
If your washer is full of water, go ahead and drain it as much as possible and remove the clothes. The same goes for your dryer. If your dryer won’t spin or is making loud noises, the technician will need to take out the clothes before diagnosing the issue. Taking care of that beforehand saves time.
Clear the area around the appliance as well, and shift it away from the wall so the technician can access the back. This will allow the technician to start work right away.
The technician may need to turn the power off to a specific outlet for safety purposes. While you’re prepping, it’s a good idea to also ensure you have a clear path to your breaker box and know which switch is connected to your appliance.
Look for a Repair Service That Doesn’t Charge for “Extras”
Some companies offer “flat” rates or low fees, but they will tack on a lot of extra fees to raise your bill. When evaluating companies, it is a good idea to ask the following questions:
- Do you charge extra for appointments that fall after normal business hours?
- Do you charge extra for mileage or travel time?
- Do you charge a service fee on top of the repair charge?
An honest company will give you an estimate after diagnosing your appliance so you know what you’ll have to pay and aren’t stuck with any surprise charges.
Maintain Your Appliance
The best way to save money on appliance repairs is to prevent them altogether. We have some articles that will help you keep your appliances up and running smoothly.
- Refrigerator Maintenance
- Washing Machine Maintenance
- Dryer Maintenance
- Oven Maintenance
- Stovetop & Range Maintenance
Do you have any tips for saving money on appliance repair? Let us know in the comments!
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