When your washing machine suddenly hits the middle of the spin cycle or notice that your refrigerator is not running, the first thing that goes through your mind is often What should I do now? Take deep breath and do not let yourself be immediately overwhelmed by the appearance of a broken device. You may need a larger device repair, but do not jump on the gun by assuming your refrigerator, washing machine or other device is broken. There are a number of steps you can take to troubleshoot minor problems and prevent further damage to your device, all before even considering getting the professionals. Instead of throwing your hands into frustration when you find that one of your household appliances can work, this checklist can be a simple guide to helping you respond to the annoying next question.
Check connections and wires.
Sometimes your devices sudden refusal to activate or a newly developed leaked result of a loose connection. Make sure all power cables are properly plugged into the socket and that any water inlets and sewers are properly attached to the supply and drainage pipes. It may seem like an obvious step, but many homeowners assume that since the wiring and water pipelines were connected yesterday, they must be today. But everything from the cat crawling behind the tray to gradually unloading a snake over time can mean that these connections suddenly fail. The good news is that they are quick fixes that every homeowner should be able to address in a moment.
Keep in mind that this does not apply to gas connections. If you experience problems with a gas cylinder or unit, you want to call a professional directly. This is because gas repairs, especially those handling gas pipelines themselves, can be extremely dangerous to your health and for your home and family. Play it safely and take in the pros for maintenance and repair of the gas appliance.
Look for secured fuses.
Like loose power cables or stand-alone watercourses, many people forget to check safe fuses, turn switches and dedicated child safety locks when their devices suddenly stop or fail. Start by looking in your home power switch for switched power switches and then follow the operating instructions of your device or something like a drying manual for instructions on internal fuses and switches. This kind of problem should be relatively easy to repair and can help you save expensive by calling a device repair to take care of this fairly simple solution.
Test devices only once or twice, not repeatedly.
After checking the mains and investigating the possibility of blowing fuses or tripped switches, the next step is usually to test the device and see if it still experiences the same problem. Test your washing machine or oven, but do it only once or twice. Repeated tests may likely worsen the problem by burning out the engine or pump or creating other types of additional damage, so make sure you limit your investigative tests. Take care if the appliance is smokey, excessive, spark, or divert sound, turn it off immediately and do not attempt to reboot. This is a sign that your device is experiencing a major problem that could lead to fire or complete deterioration of one or more parts, so it is best not to endanger your device or household.
If your device still works or if you do not feel its safe to start, your best bet may be to contact a local repairer. Since you took a few minutes to determine that the problem is not a blown fuse or a discharged cord, you have already eliminated some potential causes of the problem and the device technician will be able to complete its diagnostic process only a little bit faster.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to repairing devices of all sizes and sizes is that youre better sure than sorry. To investigate minor issues such as switching switches and extinguished hoses are simple solutions for DIYers, but more comprehensive solutions should probably be left in the hands of a professional repairer to ensure that you receive the correct, safe repairs you deserve. Maria Allen is a home improvement and maintenance hobbyist. He is also an internet marketing specialist with Prospect Genius, a leader in online local advertising for small businesses.