Anyone who has ever used a stove, refrigerator or washer and dryer knows that a mechanical issue is bound to happen at some point in the appliance’s life. A malfunctioned appliance disrupts daily existence, from cooking dinner to doing laundry. For fear of spoiled food and growing clothes piles, a call to an appliance installation service like DoneRite happens almost immediately. But, before you call a technician to repair your non-working appliance, you should try troubleshooting the situation first.

Sometimes appliance problems are simple fixes that homeowners can resolve on their own. Finding possible reasons for an appliance’s failure saves time and money. You don’t have to be a technical wizard to troubleshoot appliances in your home. Here are a few easy checkpoints to help you determine if professional appliance repair is necessary or not:

  • Do a power check. Verify that the appliance is plugged in and/or powered on. Make certain the outlet works. Also, make sure there isn’t a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
  • Look for leaks. Tighten loose connections, drain hoses and seals, and make sure all moving parts open and close properly.
  • Refer to the manual. The manufacturer’s booklet offers additional troubleshooting material, as well as installation, maintenance and warranty information. Incorrect use of an appliance will void the warranty, so study the manual thoroughly to avoid canceling any manufacturer guarantees.

If you sufficiently troubleshoot an appliance and it still won’t operate, at that moment you should call a skilled appliance technician who is qualified to work on ice makers, dishwashers, ovens and a variety of other large and small equipment. Homeowners not trained in appliance repair should never attempt to fix equipment on their own.

DoneRite Home Services employs experts in appliance installation service and repair. Contact us at 813-374-3938 to schedule a maintenance visit today.