It can be a nightmare when your refrigerator is in need of repair. Who do you call, how much is it going to be, is all this food going to be wasted? You might even consider trying to fix it yourself, but it can be dangerous and end up costing you more in the long run. So, what do you do when your fridge is on the fritz? There are several things to consider when trying to save yourself time and money on refrigeration repair.
These days everyone is a do-it yourselfer, but not every job should be approached in that way. You can actually cause more damage than good and waste more time and money by trying to fix it yourself. Before you call a professional, check the basic problems first to ensure it isn’t something major and save yourself a service fee. Service fees alone can cost upwards of $60 plus just for them to tell you it wasn’t plugged in. That would be one expensive and embarrassing mistake.
Now, you’ve wasted your money and their time. Make sure to check for any blown fuses and the circuit breaker. It will be way less costly to spend a few bucks replacing a fuse or circuit breaker. Also, check to see if you still have it under warranty. Warranties can cut the cost of service repairs or not cost anything at all. The warranty provides expert advice on your particular refrigerator and common problems that have already been evaluated.
So, if none of those seem to be the problem, leave it to the professionals to service and repair your appliances. They are the experts and have the knowledge and tools to fix the problem. It is what they are trained to do, so don’t waste too much time trying to investigate it on your own.
Research a Company
It can be a challenge when trying to figure out who you are going to call. Don’t stress yourself too much. Chances are, you or someone you know can recommend or refer you to an appliance repair professional. If you don’t know of anyone, then do the research on your own. You can search online or maybe you remember a commercial ad you saw on T.V. There are so many companies out there to choose from. Make sure too look through reviews to be better informed on what type of business they are or how they conduct themselves. Reviews can be the best tool in making the decision and finding a great repair company.
You can get a feel for a company’s customer service by the reviews written from previous customers. Reviews will tell you whether or not this is the kind of company that treats their customers well and if they are credible. Give them a call to better assess their customer service. Speaking to someone from the company will give you an idea on how they will treat you. The better informed you are the better your service experience will be.
Call or email different companies and get a few different quotes on their services, service fees, and hourly rates. Ask if there is a minimum charge for them to come out and if they charge a flat fee for if the work is less than an hour.
Each situation is different, so they might not always be able to give you a quote on everything right away mainly because they do not know what exactly is wrong with your refrigerator. At the least, you will want to know the service fee for coming out. Sometimes, the company you are calling doesn’t service the appliance that you need, so make sure to ask if it is their specialty.
It can also be tempting to find an inexpensive handy man. Going that route can be costly because there is that chance that they could make it worse or fix it, but a few weeks later you have to call in a professional.
Now, you’re out double or triple the cost it would have been the first time around. The best way to get the most out of your time and money is to make sure they are licensed and bonded. You don’t want to risk major repairs on someone who may or may not be legit without the proper credentials and experience.
After all the research, you should be confident in the company you have chosen. Have your make and model number handy if possible. You want to help the repair man as much as you can so he can identify the issues and save you extra time and labor costs. The more information you can give them the better they are equipped to assess the problem.
Having that information is valuable in the sense that it may be a common problem or they can bring the necessary parts with them cutting back on the time it takes to order it and install. Make yourself available at the times they give you.
You don’t want to waste any more time without refrigeration. Give your service repair man plenty of space to work in. The area around and above the refrigerator should be clear and accessible for him when he arrives. It will maximize your repair man’s time by ensuring there isn’t anything in the way or surrounding your refrigerator.
Following these simple tips will help you save time and money. Doing the research will ensure you find the right repair professional that fits your criteria and budget. Get as much information as possible to narrow down any troubleshooting question they might have. Ask about the prices and don’t be afraid to negotiate. See if they have any specials or deals for first time customers. Be proactive and make sure you are getting what you want.