In an age of YouTube tutorials and internet advice, more and more homeowners are trying to take repairs into their own hands. It’s easy to understand where they are coming from too. Not only are self-sufficiency and ingenuity strong American values, but it can be very tempting to save the expense in calling an expert as well. Unfortunately, an inexperienced repairman is often worse than no repairman at all, and many of these attempts end up costing homeowners more in the end. So, before you go and try to figure out why your refrigerator can’t hold its temperature, think about calling an expert. Here are three reasons that you should think twice before attempting a repair yourself.
First, inexperienced repairmen often make the problem worse if they don’t know what they are doing. An expert should be able to swiftly identify the cause of a problem, and have a good idea of which parts will be needed, as well as reputable sources for them. This is the most common reason that homeowners end up regretting attempting a repair by themselves. A 10 minute YouTube tutorial is simply not enough to give someone the experience needed to work on complicated appliances. And the market changes rapidly, often with major differences between different models, even of the same brand. Usually if a homeowner attempts a repair by themselves, something goes wrong. For example, if they do not diagnose the problem correctly, they might repair or replace a component which was working properly. In the best-case scenario, they have now wasted their time and money to replace a part which did not need replacing. And there is always the chance that they could have inadvertently damaged some other part of the appliance. It is always frustrating for clients to realize that if they had called an expert right away, the repair would have been cheap and done quickly, but now their appliance is in need of an expensive overhaul or replacement. Another potential hazard arises when incorrect materials or parts are used to repair an appliance. Cheaply sourced parts found on the internet are often not up to safety and performance standards. Not only does this put your appliance at risk for a breakdown in the near future, but it also poses a considerable safety risk. Failure of components in an electronic appliance could lead to injury or fire, both of which can be devastating.
Secondly, poor repair jobs often are a huge waste of resources. As said above, being able to properly diagnose the failure in a system is typically difficult for a layman. An expert will be able to save you a lot of time and effort. Sure, you might be able to save 50 dollars with 50 hours of effort, but is your time worth that little? Additionally, if you don’t have the tools necessary to do the job, you might find yourself halfway through a repair before realizing that you need a 100-dollar tool to complete the job. So while a particularly handy owner might be able to solve a problem, it often isn’t worth their time. Paying someone else to do the job can save you money, time and headache.
Finally, an expert repairman can help you figure out if it is even worth your time to repair a unit in the first place. While it is usually cheaper to repair a broken appliance than replace it, all appliances will need to be replaced eventually. If your appliance is broken down to the point that a repair will cost more than it is worth, a repairman will be the first to know. Additionally, an experienced repairman might be able to give you a good idea of how much life your systems have left in them. This information can be critical when looking to frugally and efficiently manage your house. In other words, while repairing is normally the best option, there are still some cases where repairing is worse than replacing. However, in these cases, it is still best to call a repairman first, as this will give you the information you need to proceed rationally.
While It is easy to empathize with a frugal homeowner who wants to save the cost of a repair, you have to face the reality that sometimes spending a little money intelligently will end up saving your wallet in the long run. Just as ill-advised short cuts can cause long delays, a hasty attempt to avoid a small bill could end up costing you. If you want your household to run smoothly, call an expert the next time your refrigerator or washer breaks down. You will certainly save yourself time, money, and stress. An expert repairman will be able to offer you quality service which will stand the test of time.
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