Here's how I approach fixing a home appliance now:
- Check appliance repair forums. To start, I do a search for the specific issue, which returns several results in repair forums. Usually, several other people have had similar or the same problem as I am experiencing. Often, there is a single answer. Sometimes, there are two or three different solutions which require some further work in diagnosing the issue.
- Check videos on doing the repair. About half the time, there is a video on repairing my specific issue. This is very helpful since I am visual person and seeing the video give me more confidence.
- Check for parts diagrams. The online appliance parts store typically have the manufacturer exploded parts diagrams. These are useful for identifying the part and determining how the appliance is assembled.
- Contact tech support. I only do this about 10% of the time, when I don't find a video and there is a special disassembly procedure that isn't obvious from the parts diagram. In these cases, I usually just ask how to take apart the appliance without damaging it.
In 2012, I made three successful small repairs to our washer, grill and dishwasher. In each case, I probably saved around $150, which is about the cost of a service call and an hour's labor. So my total savings was about $450. I did call in a repair service for a dryer repair where I wasn't quite sure of the solution. This was a good call because there were two electronic bad parts and I would spent a significant amount determining both were not functioning since I don't own the electronic diagnostic tools.
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