The purpose of home and kitchen appliances is to get rid of the pain of doing things manually and save our time. No wonder each of the devices we have makes our life easier to an unimaginable extent. But every appliance has a life span, and after specific usage, they either get worn out or malfunction. If they are in a condition where they can be repaired, it is good to get it repaired or replace the defective part rather than buying a new one. Some of the heavy appliances are advised to be fixed by professionals only. Still, when it comes to small appliances like toasters, rice cookers, fans, dishwashers, stoves, you can try the DIY appliance repair manuals to get them fixed.
Here is a guide to consider to see if the broken appliance can be fixed by DIY repair manuals or need a professional repair person to handle the damage:
- Check The Power Outlet
Most of the time, the appliances do not work because there is either no power in the outlet or it is unplugged. It happened recently with me during my stay at a hotel where my electric kettle suddenly stopped working. The first thing that I considered checking was to see if the plug has the power, so I inserted my hair straightener into it and found out that there was no power in it. Checking and testing the appliances to a different socket is the first thing you should do to prevent their working. At home, you can check the reason for no power supply in the outlet by checking if the MCB tripped or it is something else that there is no power in the outlet. MCB trips due to circuit overload, which means too many appliances are running and consuming heavy power. Unplug the devices that are not needed and reset the MCB. It is entirely safe to operate the MCB knob.
- Check whether the appliance can be dismantled easily
Devices and machines that are easy to be broken down by removing their nuts and bolts can be fixed quickly as compared to devices that are complicated to open. The next step you can follow is to find what is holding the machine parts together and whether they can be dismantled by just unscrewing the nuts. Appliances like toasters, refrigerator coils, microwave ovens are not so complicated to handle and can be opened by just following the free appliance repair manuals. Sometimes these appliances need to be cleaned, which can be done quickly by pulling apart some of the appliance pieces. Do not try to unscrew the machine, which is held by rivets and hard to open. You might end up messing up the whole process while bringing all the parts together after the repair.
- Replace the damaged part instead of repairing
Heating appliances like dryers, iron, blowers, and ovens, which are used to heat the things, need a special wire called an element through which the heat passes. Most of the time, due to excessive heat, these elements get burnt, and the appliances stop working. These elements are irreparable and can be replaced at a nominal cost. If the appliances are small and can be unscrewed, you can easily replace the component and fix the machine. All you need is a screwdriver, wrench, and a multimeter to fix it. Similarly, you can check other appliances parts whether they can be replaced with a new one or not.
All appliances perform to a limit and get damaged if not handled properly. You can fix them at home using the DIY appliance repair manuals if you are confident in understanding the machine and the instructions mentioned in the manuals.
Several sites offer free appliance repair manuals where each repair process is mentioned step by step with diagrams. You can avoid paying hefty bills of repair by fixing it yourself, and in any case, you find things difficult, a professional is always there to assist.