Dealing with occasional repairs is part of everyone’s life and can’t be avoided no matter how good quality are the appliances you use. Of course, the quality will decrease the times you will need to fix something. But if you’re not a dedicated electrician or plumber, there are a few around the house fixes you should be familiar with to know exactly what to do next.
Appliances not working?
Here’s what could be the cause behind and what to do:
With ovens, something as simple as a blown fuse can cause it to stop working, but this can be fixed relatively easily and quickly by a licensed electrician who will replace the fuse. Other issues which may affect ovens include a broken thermostat that needs to be replaced, a worn heating element, worn seals that allow heat to escape, grime and dirt build-up which can cause a power outage, loose wire connections, an earth leakage or short circuit. Meanwhile, in a gas oven, burners could fail to light, which might mean the igniter needs to be replaced.
The average life of an oven is approximately 10 to 15 years, although a high-end oven could provide up to two decades of service (or more) to a family. Like any appliance, parts loosen and wear out over time. An electrical fault with an oven can often be resolved without having to remove the oven and buy a new one.
Rangehoods also require maintenance and repairs over the years. When a rangehood fan stops working, it could be a burned-out fan motor. A loud rangehood may also indicate that the motor is on its way out. If you’ve given the rangehood’s filters and fans a proper clean and it’s still noisy, it may be best to consult a repair service to establish if it needs to be fixed or replaced. Check to see if it’s still under warranty, too.
Dishwashers need both electricity and water to function and if a dishwasher stops working, there could be multiple issues – the power supply is faulty, there’s motor problems, water is leaking onto the floor, electric wiring is worn out, the drain pump is broken, or the door latch is damaged. A build-up of grime in a dishwasher can also reduce its life over time.
If your dishwasher is making strange noises, it could indicate an issue with the motor, and replacing or repairing this may be more expensive than upgrading to a newer model.
If water leaks from the dishwasher onto your floor, this can lead to more costly issues such as rotting floorboards, so the water needs to be turned off immediately.
Depending on whether the issue with your dishwasher is water related or electricity related, a plumber or electrician will need to visit to assess the situation, make repairs or perhaps install a new appliance.
A typical dishwasher will last up to 10 years, but like other appliances, its life depends on frequency of use, cost, age and brand quality, among other things.
If it’s still under warranty, fixing your dishwasher rather than replacing it can be the most economical option. Unfortunately, in some cases, repairs can end up costing more than upgrading to a newer model. The cost of time, parts and labour all need to be considered.
Consult your appliance manufacturer for advice on repair costs versus the benefits of a new appliance. If a service, specialist parts and installation look like costing more than a new dishwasher, it may be time to consider a new one.