When an appliance breaks down, most people will rush to call an appliance repair service. For example, if the refrigerator is not working, it is best to call a refrigerator repairman for help. These technicians will visit your house at your convenience and troubleshoot the problem. However, if you want to go through the trouble of calling a technician, you can repair the appliance without professional help. Before you start any repair, make sure you understand the steps you must take to troubleshoot the problem. Also, if you are replacing a damaged part, make sure you get an original part from a company-authorized dealer. You must also have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit handy in case of emergencies. If you don’t know how to repair an appliance, it is best to get professional help. For instance, if you don’t know how to repair a dishwasher or dryer, it is best to get a dishwasher technician or dryer service technician to troubleshoot the problem. Some of the precautions you must take when repairing a residential appliance include:
Individual Safety Precautions
Make sure you follow all the instructions and warnings posted on the appliance when carrying out repairs. For instance, if you are attempting an oven repair, make sure you read all the instructions posted on the oven by the manufacturer. Adhering to these instructions will reduce the risk of personal injury.
Make sure you adhere to the following instructions when repairing a home appliance:
- Always wear safety boots and gloves
- Avoid wearing loose clothes and jewelry
- Wear safety glasses
- Tie back long hair
- Work area should be well lit
- Use the correct tools and make sure they are in perfect condition
Electrical Safety Precautions
Before you start any repairs, make sure you cut the power supply to the appliance. If you plan to conduct live voltage checks, make sure you switch on the supply only for the duration of the test. After completing the test, disconnect the power supply to the machine. When conducting live voltage tests, ensure that no other part comes in contact with an exposed current carrying part.
When replacing a damaged part, make sure you connect the wires to the correct terminals. You can use the wiring diagram to check your terminal connections. Also, make sure the wires are not crossing a sharp area or they are not caught between the panels; this can cause an electric malfunction. A few other tips you should keep mind include:
All major electrical appliances must have its grounded electrical circuit
- Don’t use an extension cord to plug in the appliance
- Don’t remove the wires that ground the appliance
- Don’t make any changes in the components, features, and switches of the appliance
- All electrical connections of the appliance must be securely connected
Operating Safety Precautions
After completing repairs, don’t operate the appliance until it has been reinstalled properly. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when reinstalling the appliance. Also, check the water connections or valves for leaks before restoring the power supply.
A few additional tips to prevent injuries are:
- Don’t allow children to operate or play on the appliance
- If you plan to dispose of an appliance, make sure you remove all doors to prevent accidental suffocation and entrapment
- You must use the appliance only when all the repairs are complete