If you, like most of us, are spending a little more cautiously these days, then you may be more inclined to fix items than replace them. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint and be a more responsible tenant on our fragile planet. But, what if your much-loved appliance needs repairs?
How do you know whether it’s a good idea to fix an appliance or simply pack it in for a newer version?
We’re highlighting five signs that your appliance needs a little TLC and also
considering when it’s time to retire that hardworking old fossil.
If you've noticed any of the following problems, it's worth calling a repair technician to look at your appliance:
● Your appliance is making an odd noise or has developed a strange smell.
● The temperature of your appliance has increased beyond what would be considered normal for that item.
● You're having trouble turning on or off a switch on the machine, or nothing happens when you press buttons.
● The machine has begun working poorly or is less efficient than you remember.
● Leaks from underneath or around the base where it sits are another sign that something isn't quite right with one's beloved home appliances.
While we appreciate that newer appliances are generally quieter than their older cousins, we can still be on the lookout for strange noises in our machines.
For example, squealing noises from a dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer is a red flag signalling some internal trauma. Even your fridge, usually the quietest of all our home appliances, could start making shuddering noises or simply become louder when the compressor turns on.
Obviously, any knocking sounds (especially in a dishwasher) should be investigated immediately.
A sure sign that something is amiss is when you notice your appliance getting hotter than it should. Your fridge, for example, may feel excessively warm on the outside panels. Perhaps when your dryer is on, you detect a burning odour instead of the fresh warmth you’re used to.
If you smell burning or your appliance is running hot, look for additional clues such as discoloured plug points or frayed or loose wiring. An electrical problem is something for the professionals, so unplug the item immediately.
However, it may be that your appliance is simply working too hard. Fridges that are very old, have dirty condenser coils or filters, or are in a confined space may generate excess heat. Likewise, if your rubber seals have hardened over time they aren’t providing an airtight seal, forcing either your fridge or freezer to work overtime.
If your appliance stops working properly or has diminished capabilities, consider repairs. When you're in this situation, the first thing you should do is check the troubleshooting guide. Perhaps there’s a quick fix under the FAQs which can help.
What you may find, though, is that your fridge is taking longer to cool or freeze your groceries, your dishwasher delivers dirty dishes after a full cycle, or your dryer churns away without actually drying your clothes. It may be that we don’t notice a gradual decline in functionality, but if an appliance isn’t doing what you expect, then a repairman should be called in.
There are several things that can cause leaks in your appliance. With a dishwasher, it may be something as simple as poor packing and something pressing down on the seal during a wash cycle. Fridges, washing machines, and dishwashers may suffer from cracked or loose water pipes which is a quick fix. However, if your pipes are fine then there’s a larger problem that would need specialist appliance care.
Home appliances that are working at less than 100% may start to smell.
Washing machines and dishwashers may not be removing old water which can leave a wet, mouldy smell in your kitchen. Fridges and ovens may emit bad odours if they are not cleaned regularly and have food or other debris trapped within the seals or other hidden spaces.
It’s not just standing water and leftover food that smells though. Your stove or oven may have a gas leak which you should be able to detect very quickly! Or, it’s possible that your vents or filters may be clogged and are holding onto old cooking debris. Whatever the situation, a good clean may do the job, but larger appliances may need a service and a deep internal cleaning.
Taking care of your appliances can help you avoid costly repairs. Here’s how:
● If you see signs that something isn’t working right, don’t ignore it. If your washing machine or dryer makes a strange noise or stops mid-cycle, immediately call an appliance repair company. The longer you wait to get help, the worse the damage could become, and the more expensive repairs will be.
● Cleaning is key to keeping appliances in good shape for years to come. Make sure to clean out lint traps regularly and unplug appliances when not being used.
● Be careful not to overfill the dishwasher - or any working appliance for that matter.
● It's also important not only clean but also to inspect any visible parts of your appliance each time before using, including power cords and vents.
If you feel that the appliance needs more than you have to give or is simply asking for a service, then chat with a Defy repair specialist in your area and rest easy!
Prevention is better than cure, and regular maintenance is the key to longer-lasting appliances. But we know that there will come a time when your faithful old fridge, stove, or washing machine has performed its last duties and it’s time to cross the electronic rainbow bridge. When that time comes, we invite you to take a look at a suitable replacement appliance from our amazing range of long-lasting, people-pleasing home and kitchen appliances.