At some point in time, every appliance in your home will break down and need to be repaired or replaced. However, some appliances break down more often than others. Before purchasing new home appliances, research to ensure you are choosing a reputable brand and always consider warranties and repair plans. Here are some appliances homeowners have the most trouble with breaking.
Washing machines do heavy-duty work in most homes across the country. When your washing machine breaks, it typically has a whole load of soaking wet laundry and overflowing hampers. Often, washing machines break down because they are not well maintained. To ensure your washing machine doesn’t leave you in a bind, avoid overloading it and never attempt to wash items that could damage the machine.
Like washing machines, dryers can leave you high and dry during a laundry cycle. Dryers tend to break because of human error, such as overloading and failure to perform regular maintenance on the machine. Electric and gas dryers tend to have different reasons for breaking. In gas dryers, the ignition coils should be replaced yearly. To ensure your dryer performs its job safely, clean the vent lint screen after every use.
Homeowners’ main issue with ranges is that the cooktop elements or burners won’t heat up. When this happens, it is commonly a broken ignition system as the culprit. On both electric and gas ranges, the temperature sensor in the oven can also break, leaving the oven cold. If your range is not working correctly, it is best to call a professional home appliance repair company to inspect it before purchasing a new range.
Interestingly, refrigerators with ice or water dispensers tend to break more frequently than those without these accessories. Homeowners complain of the ice and water dispenser not working, sometimes making a clicking or buzzing sound. Any sounds coming from the refrigerator can be a signal of a severe issue. Faulty thermostats and evaporator fans are the most common culprits of refrigerator issues.
Regular maintenance of your home appliances can save you money and hassle in the long run. If your home appliance breaks, consider inspection and repair before making a costly new purchase. More often than not, a simple fix can get your household back up and running without much downtime. If you do purchase a new appliance, always read the warranty to ensure you have options should it break.