When To Fix Your Refrigerator And When To Throw It Out

A refrigerator is a big expense and one you want to research carefully. It is possible to get good deals on brand new fridges, but many small problems with an old fridge can be looked after without throwing out the old to replace it with a new one. Then again, there are some issues no amount of tweaking will overcome.

Energy Efficiency

appliance-repair-montgomer-alHow old is your refrigerator? If it is more than a decade old, it is probably highly inefficient. Even the efficient models of a decade ago have been outclassed by the latest styles, so think about this: every hour you use your old electricity guzzler, it is costing you money. Keep an eye on your energy bills too. If they seem to be going up, it could be a problem with your refrigerator that is responsible.

Temperature

It is advisable to place a thermostat in your refrigerator when it gets a bit older, just to keep an eye on how well it maintains the temperature you want. It becomes a problem when you set the machine for a particular temperature and it fails to reach this. Food safety is a major issue here, since perishables have to be kept to a particular maximum. On the other hand, a fridge that gets too cold will ruin your food.

Leaking

Some refrigerators collect water in the bottom. They leak liquid every few days or after a week or so. You might find this happens more often if the fridge is empty, or it might be a random occurrence.

Solutions

Sometimes the problem is simple. Pull your refrigerator back from the wall slightly to allow it some ventilation space. Clean out the back of the machine regularly. Dust builds up there, making it overheat. Keep cook books off of the top for the same reason. Consider keeping more food in the refrigerator at one time, or even jugs of water. On the other hand, do not overfill the refrigerator either. Also, clean your refrigerator on the inside regularly.

When Nothing Works

If you have tried all of the solutions noted above and think you will have to call out an appliance repair technician, think about cost. You will be billed per hour or any portion thereof, so you could end up spending almost as much on repairs as it would cost to get a new model.

Then again, make sure your refrigerator is not still under warranty. A relatively new machine should give you another few years of service before you have to think about trading it in.

How To Fix Your Broken Dishwasher

Dishwashers are one of the many appliances in our homes that tend to break easily. Some older dishwashers can clog up because of food particles not rinsed completely. Even newer dishwashers can clog after hard use. As with any home appliance, you want to make sure your dishwasher is in excellent working order, otherwise it will wear out faster.

Think of all of the dishes you have washed in your dish-washer and now think what it would be like if your dishwasher was broken. Some people don’t mind hand washing the dishes but if you are like me, I hate it! My wife is usually very busy taking care of our children so I try to help out as much as possible by doing the dishes. Believe me, if our dishwasher broke I would pay whatever it cost to get it fixed or buy a brand new one.

Dishwashers will save hundreds and maybe even thousands of gallons of water over a years time, plus they will also save you a ton of time. Loading and unloading a dishwasher does not take that much time so its beneficial to have it running.

frigidaire dishwasher repair

Frigidaire Dishwasher

A few weeks ago our Frigidaire dishwasher broke! It wasn’t just clogged it just stopped working. What surprised me was we bought this brand new less than two years ago so it shouldn’t be broken. I called up a friend who does appliance repair in Spokane and asked him for his help. Even though we live a few hundred miles away from each other he was able to help me diagnose the problem and get it fixed right over the phone.

For some reason the motor stopped working which is a common problem with newer Frigidaire dishwashers. He explained that dishwashers seem to be his number one appliance that he fixes. The good thing about dishwashers is they are fairly cheap to fix, especially the newer ones.

  • The first step to fixing your broken dishwasher is understanding what it is doing.
  • If its not turning on, then it could be an electrical problem.
  • If it does turn on but doesn’t clean the dishes, it could be a clogged pipe.
  • Most of the time if the dishwasher doesn’t clean the dishes its the clogged pipe or the motor needs to be replaced.

Luckily new appliances are easier to fix because its easy to find parts. Every appliance has many moving parts and when one breaks you either fix it or get a new appliance. With dishwashers there are only a few parts you can actually replace such as the motor, heating element and the hoses. With so few parts that can be replaced, dishwashers are usually easy to fix.

The only problem with a dish-washer is that it is usually hidden underneath a counter top so getting to the back of the machine can be difficult. Having a broken dishwasher repaired will save you a bunch of money and is usually the best way to go, unless of course the machine is many years old.