• Howard Gallagher

Top 3 Rules for Home Appliance Repair and Replacements

Every homeowner knows that moving into a new home comes with its own set of challenges.


There is always something that needs to be attended to before it gets damaged after being neglected for too long. When it comes to problems in your home taking small steps can save you big in the long run.


Avoiding huge upfront costs on service fees, repairs, and replacements can be tough when you don’t necessarily have the knowledge to know what to look for.


Most homeowners don’t know these simple rules for home appliances and system repairs. We’re not all handy with a screwdriver or know our way around an HVAC unit, but being aware of what to look out for is a great way to get started.


It’s little things like keeping up with a checklist for your home goods that most homeowners forget.


The more you know about your home’s systems and appliances the better you can prepare against those unfortunate mishaps that leave you up to your waist in repair bills.


Maintenance Check-Up


One major thing homeowners can start doing as soon as today is keep a checklist of the status on all appliances and systems. Throughout the year all of your home goods should be inspected for any defective hardware or software within the appliance or system.


Having checklists keeps each task for your systems well organized so you don’t have to be left guessing what needs to be done. Before you think it’s time to call a professional take a look at a few things you can be doing to maintain your appliance and systems.


Always be sure that before checking the appliances thoroughly for damage that all power/gas supplies are disconnected beforehand.


Here are some examples just to get you started with a few basic items you can check on.


HVAC Unit


At least twice a year it is important to have your HVAC unit looked at and inspected for any issues. The average cost to replace an HVAC unit is several thousand dollars. There’s a lot you could have planned for that money and shelling it out on home repairs was not the way you might have hoped you spent that money.


In order to get the most out of your HVAC unit here are a few ways be sure to have it running smoothly:


  • Clean air vents

  • Dust off vents

  • Cover the unit during the winter months

  • Fix fins realign bent or crushed fins

  • Check the Insulation


Aside from saving on your energy bill each month a clean HVAC unit is an essential part of any home. Not only does the HVAC system warm and cool your home but it provides it with vital air filtration.


Once your HVAC stops running or has stopped performing as efficiently the air quality in your home can suffer. This is especially bad during allergy season when pollen and other pollutants can find their way into your home.


Washer and Dryer


I think nothing beats having a washer and dryer in your home. Not having to deal with the weekend rush at the laundromat means everything!


In the comfort of your own home, you can wash, dry, and fold without battling for folding space or washers or dryers.


But, with great power comes great responsibility....kidding, but seriously


Maintaining your wash and dryer starts from the installation of the unit. If the installation was not done well that it stands to reason that there will be further issues later down the line.


It is estimated that 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.


Key Check Points:


  • Clean dryer vent

  • Clean front load washer

  • Check exhaust duct


This should probably go without saying, but not cleaning out your washer and dryer periodically can be fatal. Proper maintenance and upkeep isn’t just about saving money but also you and your family’s well being.


Keep you and your loved ones safe by consistently checking on any faulty home and kitchen appliance systems.


Roofing


With good maintenance, your roof can last 30 to 40 years. Homeowners pay anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 for a new roof. Similar in cost to replacing your foundation or purchasing a new HVAC system.


  • Clean Gutters

  • Remove Any Moss or Algae

  • Re-caulk where necessary

  • Check Ventilation and Insulation


On average having you roofing checked at least twice a year is imperative if you want to maintain the integrity of your roofing for years to come.


Diagnose Problem Areas


It’d be nice if we could just have someone come around periodically to check on our systems for us when we forget. Sometimes life just gets in the way and we get sidetracked by so many different things like new seasons on Netflix or having dinner with friends you haven’t seen in years. Now the problem becomes when those once unforeseeable circumstances start keeping you from being able to enjoy your time freely.


Once you’ve gotten through your checklist for your appliance or system it’s time to determine the main problem areas.


Needing to repair an old system can be daunting especially after you’ve done all you could to maintain the system as best as possible.


In most cases, if the home is not newly built and the appliances belonging to the home have gone through years of wear and tear. Granted if the previous owners failed at upkeep it goes without saying that there will be plenty more problem areas that will need to be inspected.


Preferably, before ever buying a home you should request an inspection on the property so that you can ascertain the severity of the repairs needed and determine if buying said property is worth it.


Replace vs Repair


So now the question becomes whether or not you’d like to replace or repair the appliance or system. Believe it or not the cost of repairs for your average fridge or HVAC unit is comparable to the price of a brand new unit.


Instead of being hassled with repairing an older appliance it would best serve your long term interests in buying a newer appliance. Granted they may be expensive but if you think of the cost of service fees and replacement parts for your older model, you’d just be prolonging the inevitable.


Typically, once an appliance has reached a minimum of 50% of its lifespan, considering a new appliance is not far fetched. Not only will you save money in the long run but had you placed your appliances and systems under a home warranty they are now eligible to be covered for future replacements and repairs.


Preventative Maintenance


After you’ve gone through your maintenance checklist and have decided on whether it is time to replace or repair your units your last line of defense is buying a home warranty.


A home warranty is a service agreement between a homeowner or landlord and the home warranty company that stipulates the home warranty company will cover the cost of repair and replacement for a nominal annual fee. This annual fee ranges from a couple of hundred dollars for the year and is used as a deductible for your service needs.


There is one major criterion for having a home warranty plan, and that is not having any pre-existing conditions for the appliances and systems.


Most home warranty companies cover the basics when it comes to planning coverage. All major appliances and systems can be placed under the policy.


In some cases, there are additional amenities included in the package deal if they are applicable to the customer's needs (i.e pooling system maintenance, roofing, or whirlpool installations).


Having a home warranty for your home is a smart plan that can save you thousands of dollars in the long term. With a home warranty company, you are guaranteed to get quality service from top-notch professionals and licensed technicians from all around the country.


This list was simply designed to highlight a few key areas of focus when thinking about home appliance repair and replacements.


Ultimately, if you wait too long or become negligible towards the things your home needs, then they will only come back as much larger and even worse issues.


Keep your home running smoothly and efficiently day in and day out.


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