The Electricity Regulations (1985) decree that only an electrician of the appropriate level, who has been specially certified, is licensed to conduct electric appliance repairs. That same certification will list precisely which devices that person is authorized to provide service for. Many technicians choose to undertake a number of certifications (refrigerators, washers, dishwashers, televisions, etc.) and specialize in a variety of household appliances.
Major appliances are an indispensable part of our quality of life, modern convenience, and overall standard of living. Without devices such as a washer, dryer, or cooking oven, we would be forced to wash everything by hand, and cook over a fire. When an appliance breaks down or malfunctions, it is mostly accompanied with frustration and a touch of agitation. The question is then asked: is it worth fixing the device, or is it better to just replace it?
When it comes to a household appliance, one needs to understand that every device has it’s limits. If fixing the appliance is cheaper than buying a new one, it may be better to fix it. On the contrary, there are times when fixing makes no sense, even if it comes cheap. For example, if the appliance is so ancient or technologically archaic, then it isn’t worth fixing. It’s not wise to invest the money in repairing an appliance, only to have it break down soon afterwards, nor is it wise to fix an appliance so old, that it no longer has readily available spare parts.
Deliberating Replacing Your Appliance?
- Age – The device’s track record must be factored in. Every appliance has a sort of “expiration date” – an average life-cycle which is determined by the device’s qualities and functions. The expiration date for a computer monitor, for instance, doesn’t come close to that of a refrigerator. If your device’s life-cycle is nearing it’s end, then it’s probably best to replace it with a new one.
- Warranty – If the device is still under some kind of warranty, obviously you should check with the company for your best options. The price of spare parts for major appliances is sometimes so high that it is not worth the expense. It really is on a case-by-case basis.
- Price – The rule of thumb states that if the price of fixing the appliance comes out to more than half of what it costs to purchase a new one, it is advised to replace the old appliance.
Fixing a major appliance is mostly an expensive ordeal, which is why several more factors need to be addressed:
- Is the device under some kind of warranty? Will the repairs come with any kind of guarantee?
- What is the estimated time for the repairs?
- Will there be a need to ship the device to a lab, or will it be able to be repaired on the spot?
- Will the repairs lengthen the life of the device to an extent that will justify the cost of those repairs?
We’ve mentioned repairs and replacements a little. Now let’s discuss ways to prevent malfunctions which incapacitate our appliance – preventive maintenance. This is, without a doubt, the cheapest and most useful way of preventing a service technician from paying you a visit. Many times, electric appliances break down or malfunction because the owner isn’t following the instructions given in the user manual, and they aren’t practicing preventive maintenance.
- Cleaning and emptying filters.
- Cleaning the drum of washers and dryers.
- Avoiding overloading the motor, compressor, fans, or belts of the device.
- Strengthening the valves and connectors of the appliance.
- Periodically inspecting the door gasket.
- Using reasonable force when operating buttons and dials.
- Ensuring the power cables and wires are in order.
Before contacting a technician or service electrician, you should have all of the necessary information in front of you: make, model number, year of manufacturing, a general description of the issue, and any other detail which could assist the technician in identifying the source of the problem and resolving it.
Furthermore, be mindful of the type of service you are interested in receiving, Here there are also different things to factor in, so you can get the quickest, easiest, and most high-quality service. It is on you to ensure that the person or company you are calling on, possess the right set of skills and the relevant experience to perform the necessary repairs – which will in turn guarantee your satisfaction, both from the service and the price.
- First off, get several estimates. Remember that the cheapest price could end up costing you more later, but then again, there are times when a high price is completely unjustified. Use your judgement.
- Secondly, verify that the technician is certified to provide service for your device. Not all technicians are equal. Device A requires a different certification than Device B. Also, some technicians are trained by the manufacturer, while others are trained by an external establishment. This does not necessarily equate to different skills or abilities, but it could make a difference.
- Thirdly, check if the repairs offer some kinds of guarantee. If so, for how long?
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The Electrical Regulations of 1985 were created for a reason. Dealing with electricity requires knowledge, experience, and caution. Our electrical grid has many advantages, but with them comes safety risks and possible property damage. When there is a need for electrical work, the regulations say to contact a professional, which is usually the appropriate and realistic thing to do. I don’t think anybody should be in a position where they are risking serious injury in order to save a few hundred shekel. Whether it is major appliance repairs, working with underground plumbing or handling a multitude of other jobs – some things are best left to the professionals.