So Now You Own a Home, You Should Get Familiar With Calling the Repair Guy

Refrigerator repair

When you own a home for the first time, and become responsible for the usefulness and efficiency of all your appliances, it is easy to be blindsided by the costs, maintenance, and repairs as they add up. Each year in the United States the average cost of making minor repairs and maintaining the home is about 547 dollars. However, with proper maintenance and a good repair service, your appliances will last you for much longer and cost you less in the long run. Here is a brief list of the appliances to keep an eye on.

1. Garbage Disposal Repair

Due to the fact that there are blades inside of garbage disposal units, it is recommended that any garbage disposal repair be done by professionals. Garbage disposal maintenance or repair can set you back about a hundred dollars, depending on how much work needs to be done, so keep your garbage disposal in good working order. Never put anything in the garbage disposal that is not biodegradable, and do not use any harsh cleaning products in the disposal. Bleach and drain cleaners can do damage to the blades. You will rarely need garbage disposal repair if you are just careful about what goes into it.

2. Kitchen Appliance Repair

Did you know that side by side refrigerators are most commonly in need of repair? Your refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove are all subject to breaking down. Your refrigerator is likely to last for between 15 and 19 years, and your dishwasher for about 10 years. That may seem like a short amount of time, but consider that before the refrigerator we had the icebox, which was literally a box packed with insulation and ice. To keep it working you needed deliveries of ice daily. Would you rather go back to that, or suffer through a refrigerator repair or replacement every 20 years?

If you have a gas powered oven, it might interest you to know that it was patented in 1826, but was not popular until gas pipelines were more widely used in the late 19th century. Keep your gas oven in good condition by soaking stove top components in warm, soapy water, and using steel wool if necessary to remove debris.

3. Dryer repair

You can increase the efficiency of your dryer by shaking out clothing before you dry it. This will increase surface area, and ease up on the amount of heat it takes to dry clothing. On average, it costs about 200 dollars to have a dryer vent cleaned. This is not a maintenance area to skimp on, since almost 40 percent of all dryer fires can be prevented with cleaning and maintenance. See more:

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