There are few things worse than having something like a washing machine or freezer stop working. Most people use these appliances every day or so, relying on them to make life quick and easy, and struggling to get by when they are taken away. Of course, though, when you use a machine so much, you can’t expect it to last forever. Instead, it will probably need to be repaired from time to time. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring each step in the repair process for the machines in your home.
It’s worth making sure that you don’t go through this process with machines which are still under warranty, and the manufacturer will be able to help in this situation, but they won’t look at your appliance if it has been taken apart.
Step One: Finding A Manual
Not a lot of people realise, but most manufacturers release service manuals with their appliances. These are designed for use by engineers who will be repairing the machine, and can give you a detailed breakdown of all of the components within it. This can be helpful when you’re trying to take appliances apart and figure out which parts are broken.
Step Two: Diagnosis
It’s worth spending a little bit of time on Google before you take your machine apart. By searching for the symptoms you are facing, you will be able to find loads of ideas which will help you to fix your appliance. Failing this, it will be time to get the tools out, using your service manual to take apart your appliance and look for the fault which has stopped it from working. It’s always smart to take photos of the locations of screws and bolts which you remove for later.
Step Three: Sourcing Parts
Once you have some idea of the issue with your appliance, it will be time to start looking for spare parts. Simpson spare parts can be found all over the web, and the same can be said for other manufacturers parts. You have to be very careful to make sure that you’re getting the right component, as a lot of companies use very similar pieces to make different machines, and this could see you wasting your money.
Step Four: Making The Repair
With any luck, you will have left your machine disassembled, and will have easy access to the parts you need. Making a repair can be a daunting process, though it isn’t worth worrying about this if your appliance is already broken. Instead, you need to be confident, following the service manual and any guides which can be found online. Some machines will have loads of resources to help you out, while others will be hard to find any information for.
It can be all too easy to think that you have to buy a new appliance when your most important machines break down. In reality, though, these products can almost always be repaired, and it doesn’t take an engineer to be able to do it.