Appliance Servicing Of Domestic, Small And Large Appliances
Your refrigerator has gone on the fritz again. Maybe it isn’t cooling as well as it used to and all of your frozen items are thawing, or its leaking water out onto the floor, continues cycling on and off, or any number of issues. Sometimes it may seem like buying a brand new fridge is the only answer, but a simple adjustment might be a better solution. In or around Oakland CA, we’ve got you covered.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to refrigerator repair or replacement. How old is the fridge, and what is the cost difference between overhauling your fridge and replacement? In most cases it will always be cheaper to have an appliance repairman fix the broken refrigerator but there are cases where that still doesn’t make it the best option. If the refrigerator repeatedly needs rehabilitation that makes it a less cost effective option. In many situations it is suggested that refrigerator replacement is the best option if repairs are going to be more than half the cost of a new refrigerator but even that gets complicated.
Depending on the type of refrigerator you have, and the type of refrigerator you want, the cost can vary greatly. Do you want a cheap model Haier, a mid-range Kenmore, or a top of the line Samsung? The prices between the models can be hundreds, if not thousands of dollars depending on the extras you want. If you don’t have the extra money to spare then mending your appliance is probably the best option for you.
Some of the most common refrigerator problems include:
- Broken icemaker
- Inconsistent temperature
- Noisy compressor
- Not sealing
- Leaking water
As you can see, about half of these are fairly easy fixes that shouldn’t cost too much. Problems with temperature and the compressor can become more complicated. Regardless of what you choose you will need to speak with a refrigerator overhauling service before making a decision. Over the phone you can speak with them about the problem you are having and they should be able to give you an estimate for the cost to fix it. Keep in mind that this estimate is not set in stone and there are unknown factors that could come up. Oakland CA prices may be different than in your bay area home.
The refrigerator technician will also be able to tell you if he thinks the appliance is worth fixing. He will most likely ask you the year it was bought and the brand. In some cases they may ask for the model number but they’ll likely be able to tell you if your refrigerator needs replacement based on the year it purchased, the make, and the problem.
If you do end up having to consider refrigerator replacement then you can at least look forward to the energy savings. A new refrigerator will have a better energy rating than an older one. By having a better energy rating you can feel good about saving yourself money on your monthly electric bill, and for doing something great for the environment. In some cases you might even be able to take your old refrigerator to someone that repairs them and resells them or that recycles appliances. Whether you are in Oakland CA or the bay area in general, we can help.
Most households have come to rely on their trusty dishwasher. We no longer have the time or the desire to stand at the kitchen sink to hand wash all of our plates and cutlery after each meal. When our dishwasher breaks down or seizes to run, it can feel like a true emergency. Thankfully, new parts for your dishwasher can be fairly simple when compared to other kitchen appliances. In Oakland CA, or Alameda County in general, one call and we are on our way.
The most common dishwasher problems are:
- Dishes staying wet
- Not cleaning properly
- Not draining
- Leaking water
- Wont fill with water
- Excessive noise
- Door wont latch
- Won’t start/run cycle
The good news is that most of these issues are easy fixes. Some of these dishwasher issues can even be fixed by yourself. Problems like the water not flowing or draining can be as simple as checking for a kinked hose. Other dishwasher repairs will need a knowledgeable appliance technician.
Most appliance repair services will work on machines by the most popular manufacturers including: Kenmore, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag, GE, KitchenAid, Bosch, and more. Chances are your dishwasher will be one of these. Any successful and experienced dishwasher fix it service will know how to fix all of the above issues. In some cases they might even talk you through it if it’s something as simple as the kinked hose mentioned above. Unfortunately, if it is something like a cracked inner body you will most likely have to buy a whole new dishwasher. There are some instances where a crack is fixable or sealable but they are few and far between.
When you discuss the issue with the replacement company they will be able to plan ahead and can bring the necessary dishwasher parts. The brand of dishwasher you have will change the types of parts that are needed so they will most likely ask you on the phone the make and model of your dishwasher. It can be helpful to have this ready beforehand.
If you happen to work in a restaurant or some other business that uses dishwashers you may need to call a specialist repair service to work on your heavy duty dishwashers. Some regular calibration services will be able to work on them and it doesn’t hurt to call but don’t be surprised if you need to contact a particular servicer for your dishwasher repair. Our team in Oakland CA can make sure your appliance needs are taken care of the first time.
Regardless of being a residence or a business, you can discuss the issue on the phone and ask for a general quote. Based on the issue the technician should be able to give a general price and time range for how long the repair will take. Keep in mind that the quote is just an estimate and occasionally other issues arise that are out of the repairman’s control.
If your dishwasher is an older model you may want to consider upgrading to a new dishwasher. Sometimes the cost of the fix isn’t worth it if the dishwasher is going to continue having problems due to age. New dishwashers have a lot of benefits that can make the cost worthwhile such as lower water use, energy savings, and better cleaning devices.
Washing Machine and Dryer Repair
Households put washers and dryers through a lot of work. Often we overload them with large items like blankets, or simply wear them out through use. This is particularly true of families with children where it is necessary to be running loads nearly nonstop to keep the family clothed. In most cases you’ll notice right away when your washer or dryer begins to need mending or patching. Perhaps the dryer has stopped spinning or heating, or the washer isn’t filling with water like it should be. No matter what the problem may be, the first step to washing machine and dryer repair is to call a knowledgeable appliance service company. These professionals will be able to help you get your washer and dryer up and running again in no time.
Some of the most common washer and dryer problems that your technician will be familiar with include:
Washer or Dryer will not turn on – The easy fix for this one is to make sure that the machine is receiving power. Like all appliances, washer and dryers must be plugged in. Sometimes the plugs can be pulled loose cutting the power. If checking the plug doesn’t solve the problem then you may have something like a faulty outlet, a circuit breaker that has flipped, or even timers and other knobs that have stopped working. If it isn’t the power itself it could be that the motor has overheated. This tends to happen when the appliance is under heavy use. If the problem continues you will need to contact a repair company to come out and fix the machine.
Does not spin – A machine that will not spin is usually due to a broken or stretched belt. An easy way to tell if this is the case is to take a moment to listen to the noise the machine is making. If you can hear the motor running but the drum isn’t turning then the chances are that it is the belt that needs to be replaced. At the other end of the spectrum is the much more serious issue of a transmission, pulley, glide, or drum roller problem. All of these will require a washer and dryer professional.
Dryer isn’t heating – The most obvious problem is when you go to remove your newly washed clothes only to find that they’re not that nice warm temperature you look forward to. Not heating can be due to several issues including not getting the proper airflow, using improper settings for the fabric, or a faulty heating element, ignitor, or thermal fuse.
There are a few other common issues that your repair service will know how to fix. In most cases they will work on all popular brands including Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, Sears, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, and others. When you call them on the phone they will ask what type of problem you are having and will most likely want to know the make and model of your particular washer or dryer so that they can show up at your house with the proper supplies and tools.