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Appliance Repairs - To Replace or Repair ?

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We've all had one! Whether it is a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or oven - an appliance that seems to need repairs as just as often as it is in actual good working order! In an era where nothing is built to last surely there fix beyone replacing our appliances every few years ?

On the face of it there are a few options reparding appliance repairs:

  • Replace your washing machine, dishwasher, dryer or appliance
  • Repair your washing machine, dishwasher, dryer or appliance under warranty

    Appliance parts are often prohibitivley expensive buy from the original manufacturer, especially when you consider the cost of a new washing machine, dishwasher or dryer these days. Include the cost of the service charge on top of the appliance parts and the repair bill can mount up. Often, there an appliance requires a major part fitted or a complex service given, the simplist solution is to just replace the appliance with a new one. But how do you know it is a big repair job from the start ? Surely just going out an buying a replacement dish washer or washing machine will cost much more than a repair in the long run ?

    First check the manufacturers manual to see if the issue that you have with the appliance is covered in their troubleshooting section. If it's there, there is a known fix for it. It may be just a question of getting a professional out to have a look at it. If there is no issue / fix listed in the appliance manual, you should call the manufacturer service hotline. Ask them if it is known issue and the most likely fix for it. They will want to send their service agent out to fix it there and then - insist on speaking to them first, find out more details. If you can't, google the issue. Now, before you get the 'Approved service agent' (who is often very expensive), pop the details of the job into and get quotes back from qualified professionals. This way to can make sure you are getting the best price and, if it turns out to be a big job, you can decide whether to buy a new appliance.

    In any appliance repair, there is always the question of manufacturers warranty to be considered. Normally coverage is given on standard appliances (washing machines, dish washers, microwaves, tumble dryers, stoves etc.)  for 1 - 3 years. If there is a 'non-wear and tear' issue with the appliance, the manufacturer can often repair or replace it under warranty, at no cost to you. So the trick is  to make sure that your machine breaks down during the warranty period ! Now that's some trick...

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