Machines are designed to make our lives easier. When one of them stops working, it can be frustrating. Now the contraption you once used to make your life a little easier is now making life a lot harder. These appliance repair tips can help you diagnose the problem and evaluate if it is repairable.
Knowing What Is Right
Understanding how an appliance works is the first step to detecting and fixing problems when they arise. Most manuals will have a “Proper Operation” section outlining the gadget’s theory of operation. If it is not operating as the manual outlines, there will also be a trouble shooting list which will help you determine what the cause is.
Making Sure Its Plugged In
Probably one of the most common reasons that a machine isn’t working is that the power cord isn’t plugged into the wall. In order for an electronic machine to work, it must be plugged into an electrical outlet. The first step in appliance repair is to check is that it is plugged into the socket, completely. Even if the plug is only partially into the socket, it may still not work properly.
In addition to the plug, you want to check the breakers and fuses. If the breaker is switched or if the fuses are blown replace them. These could be the reason that it isn’t working in the first place.
Make The Area Safe and Use the Right Tools
Before you try to perform any type of appliance repair, make sure the area is safe. Unplug the appliance from the outlet. Wear safety goggles even if all you are doing is checking to see what the problem is. If you have long hair, secure it so that it doesn’t get caught in any motors or hinges. Wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too loose and may get caught.
When opening up the machine, make sure you use the appropriate tools. A good rule is to make sure you have a Phillip’s head screwdriver, pliers, wrenches, voltmeters, and nut drivers on hand. Each of these tools will help you safely open the gadget.
Know When to Seek Professional Help
Some appliance repair is simple. You need to replace a bearing or a fan. These pieces don’t take a lot of electrical know-how. Other items, such as a motor, can be a little more complex. You could do more damage or hurt yourself if you don’t know how to properly wire the new part into the existing circuitry. If you are uncertain about installing the new part, contact a trained professional to do the work for you.
It is always important to try appliance repair first, instead of replacing the gadget. Most people think it is easier or less expensive to replace the item. In fact, you can breathe new life into your older equipment by just replacing the faulty parts.