To Repair or Not to Repair

One of the most common questions we get asked here at Global Appliance Service: “Is it better to repair my appliance, or just buy a new one?”

The rule of thumb in appliance repair is if that if the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a new appliance, it’s better to buy a new one. However, there are other factors to consider as well. After all, a new appliance is an investment, and it doesn’t come cheap. Here are some tips to help you decide:

    1. Cost – If all else fails, stick to the rule that if the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new appliance, make the investment.
    2. Current Condition – Do you live near the ocean? Like most of us here in Southern California, your appliances will not last as long as someone who lives inland. The wear and tear of the salty air can rust through appliance parts and surfaces, shortening their life span significantly. Make sure to take the condition of your appliance into account when deciding whether to repair or replace.
    3. Maintenance – An appliance is only as good as its owner and most appliances require regular maintenance to properly function. Keep an eye out for more tips on how to maintain your common household appliances.
    4. Life Expectancy – Though every appliance is unique, most appliances have an average life expectancy. Taking into account other factors, such as current condition and maintenance, take a look at the table below to find where your appliance sits:
    • Life Expectancy for Major Home Appliances

      Life Expectancy (Years)
      Low High Average
      Microwaves

      5

      10

      8

      Ranges, electric

      13

      20

      16

      Ranges, gas

      15

      23

      19

      Ranges, hoods

      9

      19

      14

      Refrigerators, compact

      4

      12

      8

      Refrigerators, standard

      10

      18

      14

      Water heaters, electric

      6

      21

      14

      Water heaters, gas

      5

      13

      9

      Washers

      8

      16

      12

      Dryers, electric

      11

      18

      14

      Dryers, gas

      11

      16

      13

      Dishwashers

      9

      16

      12

      Food waste disposers

      10

      15

      13

      Freezers

      12

      20

      16

      Compactors

      7

      12

      11

 

Oven Won’t Heat up…

It’s Saturday morning and you just put the finishing spices on a barbecue brisket, awaiting the aroma that fills your house as it cooks slowly all day long. You turn on the oven, and one of the most frustrating problems occurs–your oven does not heat up.

There are a number of reasons this can occur and if you’re unsure what to do, always call a professional, particularly when dealing with gas appliances. However, today we will show you how to repair one of the most common problems your oven can have: a bad bake ignitor.

Problem: Remember that familiar clicking sound you hear as your oven ignites and starts heating up? In this case you won’t hear it. If your oven takes a long time to ignite and light the gas or the gas doesn’t light at all, you may have a problem with your oven bakeignitor. If it takes more than one minute for the gas to light up and your oven to start heating, don’t use the oven because a gas explosion can occur!

Specific Diagnosis: Determine whether it is the bake ignitor by turning on the oven. If you cannot see the ignitor turn on, then check to make sure you have 120 volts of power coming in to your ignitor. If you have power going in, the problem is most likely the ignitor. If no power is going in, you may have a problem with your thermostat not sending power to the gas valve to open it. Again, if you diagnose the ignitor–TURN OFF YOUR OVEN IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID A GAS EXPLOSION.

Repair and Replace: Once you have successfully determined that you need a new ignitor, place an order for the part. You can order it online through Appliance Parts Pros as long as you have your oven model and serial number.

Here is a video showing you how to replace the oven ignition:

Dryer Drum Doesn’t Turn…

You turn on your dryer and although it seems to finish the entire cycle, the drum does not turn, leaving clothing wet and wrinkled. What could be wrong?

One of the most common problems in a dryer is a bad dryer belt, which can keep your drum from turning and your dryer from working. Fortunately, this problem is easily fixed.

Watch the following video for step by step instructions on how to replace your broken dryer belt.

Electronic Control Board Replacement

The following repair is for the following brands of gas ranges: Whirlpool, Kenmore, Sears, Roper, Kitchenaid, Inglis, Estate, and others. To order the Electronic Control Board, use the following link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/range-cooktop-oven-control-board.html

Generally, replacing the control board is a rather easy and simple repair. Take a look at the following video for step by step instructions on replacing your control board.

 

Washer Won’t Agitate…

One of the most common problems in washer repair, is a malfunctioning agitator. When your washer does not agitate, your clothes will not be as clean as they should and therefore it is important to fix this problem straight away. Fortunately this is an easy problem to fix. The following repair is specifically if you notice that the upper part fo the agitator is not moving properly, while the bottom part is. To fix this problem, you will need to install a new agitator repair kit. Watch the video below for a simple demonstration of how to install a new agitator repair kit.

To order an agitator repair kit, use the following link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-short-cam-agitator-285809-ap3094543.html

Refrigerator Is Not Cold…

A common problem in old refrigerators is a worn out or broken refrigerator door gasket–this is the rubber gasket that allows your refrigerator door to stay properly shut and keep your food cold for you. Changing out the door gasket is a simple repair that can be done by anyone at home with a little care and patience. Check out the video for a tutorial on replacing the door gasket on a whirlpool refrigerator.

To order a new door gasket, use the following link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-refrigerator-door-gasket-2159075-ap3083603.html

Whirlpool Washer Door Hinge Is Broken…

Perhaps your kid slammed your washer door too hard, breaking the handle. Or perhaps the wear and tear associated with years of laundry have finally taken its toll and your door hinge is broken. Either way, a broken door hinge is perhaps one of the most common problems associated with your washer–it is also one of the easiest to fix. Today, we will show you how to efficiently and easily replace the door hinge on your Whirlpool Duet washer. Check out the video below for step by step instructions on this simple repair.

To order a new door hinge, use the following link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-door-hinge-8181843-ap3128729.html

Front Load Washer Makes Noise…

If your washer makes noise and you fancy yourself a handyman around the house, you can easily handle this next repair–replacing the outer tub on your washer. The following video shows you step by step instructions on this fairly complicated repair. If you don’t know a thing about appliances, you may not want to try this at home. In that case, give Global Appliance a call and let us do it for you!

To order a new outer wash tub, use the following link:http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-outer-tub-63849-ap3019979.html

My Dryer makes noise…

If your dryer makes noise, the drum rollers are to blame.  In order to keep your dryer tumbling your clothing properly, the drum rollers sometimes need to be replaced. Today, we present a video from our friends at Appliance Parts Pros detailing exactly how to do this simple repair by yourself. Take a look at the video, order the drum roller kit below, and try to fix your dryer. As usual, if you feel uncomfortable making the repair yourself, be sure to call a certified technician at Global Appliance Service. Read more…

To order a drum roller repair kit, use the following link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-rear-drum-support-349241t-ap3098345.html

Replacing your Dryer Timer

Your dryer timer calculates the length of each drying cycle and moves the dryer to the next setting. However, if the timer is broken, many problems can arise. For example, the dryer may not advance to the next setting may continue to tumble your clothing indefinitely until you manually stop the machine. The results can be a disaster, leaving your clothes ruined, over-dried and shrunken.
So, what are some possible reasons why your dryer timer is not working?
A lot of times the dryer timer breaks as a result of a burnt out electric motor. When this happens, the best course of action is to replace the entire timer. Replacing the motor is a tricky repair that should be left to the professionals. To buy a correct timer for your dryer you need to have a dryer make/model and serial number. Do an internet search to find the exact dryer timer you may need.
When the replacement timer arrives you need to remove the faulty timer.  Before doing this remember to turn the machine off. Then locate the timer and note the screws that are holding it down. Take off the knob as some screws may be located under the knob and find all screws that are attached to the timer. Unscrew them and remove the wires and cords attached to the old timer. Make sure to check the wire and protective lining verify that they are working correctly. Sometimes the new timer may look different since new models of the timer may be introduced on the market. Insert the new timer and attach the wires. Make sure that you have completed all steps in the instructions.
Of course, as with any repair, if it is too difficultor if you have any questions or need help with installation, call Global Appliance Service at 949-653-9770.