Appliances Informative - Guide to Troubleshooting Your Appliances

Review by Venice09 on 2011-12-04
I'd like to share this guide from Real Simple with my fellow troubleshooters.

Few household aggravations rank higher than dealing with leaking, thumping or malfunctioning appliances. Sometimes the machine will be beyond hope, destined for the recycling pile. Other times an inexpensive repair is all that’s needed.

So how do you diagnose the problem? And how do you figure out whether it’s a job for a licensed technician or one you can handle yourself? Here, learn the most common symptoms of appliance trouble, what causes them and whether you or a pro should fix the unit or if the time has come to ditch it.

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[mod note - removed full copy of article - just use a snippet a then a link please! Thanks!]
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-12-04
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-12-04:
Good stuff Venice. Researching an issue myself for a self-solving solution is always my first line of attack. If something needs to be done it's best to do it yourself whenever possible. That's my adage. I will only lay down arms and surrender to the "pros" after having exhausted all other avenues.
A dependency mentality along with learned helplessness and a lack of problem solving skills has reached near epidemic proportions in this country and has embedded itself deeply in the minds of many people.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-04:
I grew up in a very old house and watched my father fix everything. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix or problem he couldn't solve. So it's second nature to me. Most people are too busy or just can't be bothered, but the high cost of repairs is an incentive to at least try doing things yourself. With parts and information so readily available online, it's a lot easier to do your own repairs than people think.
Posted by T on 2011-12-04:
It was like that in our house too, Venice. One problem with today's appliances seems to be many have very expensive electronic controls or other parts (like the bearings in HE washers) that make it almost prohibitive to repair them. Good information - thanks for posting.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-04:
That's true, trmn. That's why I stick with simple appliances. They are easier and less expensive to fix. They also don't break down as frequently.
Posted by raven2010 on 2011-12-04:
Thanks Venice---my dad also fixes everything, even in his late 60's. He uses his life experience and sites aimed at helping the "do it yourself" type!
Posted by Alain on 2011-12-04:
Glad you got it to this side, Venice, and, as I said, very helpful to my friend with the rental property.

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