At Bell’s Appliance Service, we install, repair, and maintain your household appliances in and around Jacksonville and Greenville, North Carolina. You can expect professional and reliable maintenance work from our trained and experienced crew members every time. We’re a locally owned, family-operated business and we’re excited to help with all your household appliance needs.

We have used appliance sales! You heard that right – all your wildest dreams have come true. For folks who are used to buying brand new appliances every time one of theirs breaks, usually the first question they ask is, “is it okay to buy used?” And the short answer is yes! Here’s the long answer. But today we want to discuss 5 tips to master home appliance repair, from Family Handy Man.com:

Fixing your appliances, instead of calling in a pro, is cost-effective, time-saving and often allows you to extend the life of the appliances. If you want to solve home appliance repair issues yourself, these tips will help. And as always, safety first. Wear protective gear and remember to unplug before beginning any work on any appliance.

Always Start By Checking the Obvious

It always pays to check for all the basic problems before you look for more serious problems and do your home appliance repair. And that includes checking power settings, making sure the appliance is plugged in and turned on, checking to see that the outlet is getting power, etc. Some appliances may refuse to work if they are placed on an uneven surface, or if their filters become clogged and they start to overheat. Cover these simple checks first before you dive down deeper.

Know the 50% Rule

The 50% rule states: If the appliance is more than 50% through its expected lifespan (you can usually find life-span estimates in the manual or online). And the expected cost of repairs and replacements is more than 50% of buying a new appliance, you should probably replace the appliance entirely. This is helpful when comparing the costs of home appliance repair, professional services, DIY work and replacement.

Listen to Your Moving Parts

Moving parts are by far the most likely to fail due to wear or malfunction. When repairing appliances, start by taking a look at the moving parts. And for most appliances, this means check out the fans and motors to make sure they are functioning correctly. Your best hint for home appliance repair is typically noise. Fans, motors and similar components tend to make a lot of noise when they are failing. Note that fans and fan belts are relatively easy to replace, while motors are expensive and more difficult to repair or replace.

Understand the Refrigerant Cycle

Refrigerant is present in many appliances, including heat pumps, air conditioners and refrigerators, so it’s important to understand the refrigerant cycle, how it works, and what can go wrong. And this guide will help you understand the path refrigerant takes and how the evaporator, compressor and condenser all work together. This makes it much easier to do home appliance repair and find specific problems when one of these components slows down or starts malfunctioning. So you can know what sort of maintenance your fridge needs and when it may have a refrigerant leak or similar problem.

Buy a Good Multimeter

How do you know if a problem is in the appliances’s wiring? You test it! And for that, you need the right tool. Purchase a multimeter that allows you to measure voltage and other important signals that show you which wires or electrical components aren’t working. If you want to become a master of home appliance repair, you need a multimeter and always be sure to take proper safety precautions.