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DIY Appliance Repair Risks: Fridges, Dishwasher, Dryer

Within certain areas of our daily lives, do-it-yourself (DIY) efforts can save time, money and hassle. And while there are some basic home appliances where DIY repairs are often both simple and helpful, there are also several appliances or repair types that you should not be attempting your own repairs on, both for safety and appliance quality reasons.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re proud to provide numerous appliance repair services to clients throughout Utah, from furnace repair and other HVAC-related areas to appliances like ovens, dryers, microwaves and any others you can think of. While we’re happy to advise you on certain minor DIY repair efforts, there are other appliances or repair types you should never deal with unless one of our pros is on the job with you — this two-part blog series will go over DIY appliance repairs to avoid.

Major Refrigerator Repairs

There’s one type of refrigerator repair that any homeowner can carry out easily: Replacing a burnt-out bulb in the main compartment. Anything beyond this? You should be utilizing the pros.

This is for several reasons, including the simple weight and danger risks that come with moving around a refrigerator. In addition, fridges also contain large amounts of coolant which can be dangerous if it’s inhaled, touches the skin or gets in the eyes. And if it’s not handled properly, this coolant can also damage your kitchen flooring or cabinets. Finally, if you don’t have specific fridge repair training, you’re just as likely to worsen the issue rather than fix it when attempting to take your fridge apart.

Dishwasher Repairs

Just like refrigerators, dishwashers contain dangerous chemicals and moving parts which can lead to injury if you’re not properly trained in dishwasher repair. In addition, water damage is a common issue with dishwashers, so attempting a DIY repair of a leak without having this knowledge can lead to even more of a mess.

Dryer Repairs

Once again, there may be a few simple clothes dryer repairs you can manage on your own, such as fixing a bent dryer door latch or resetting a connected circuit breaker that’s tripped. However, for anything more complicated than this, it’s best to leave the job to an experienced professional.

This is because dryers often contain high levels of lint which, if not properly cleaned out, can easily start a fire. In addition, there are many electrical components in a dryer which can be damaged if not properly dealt with, and some of these may even require specific tools or knowledge to access.

For more on the appliance repair types you should generally be avoiding on a DIY basis and leaving to the pros, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

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