August 17, 2023

Most of us have been there. Your always reliable dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, or fridge, suddenly malfunctions, or stops working altogether. You instantly start thinking about the cost of replacing the appliance, but you’ve had it for over 10 years and never had a problem before. Perhaps you just need an appliance repair?

appliance repair versus replacementBefore you go looking for the nearest technician, here are several things to consider:

  • Most appliances last, on average, about 15 years.
  • If the cost to repair is more than 50% of the cost to replace, it’s probably not worth fixing.
  • Even a well maintained appliance will start to lose functionality as it reaches or exceeds its lifespan.
  • Older appliances tend to be less energy efficient, therefore replacing them will save you money in energy costs and make up the difference in the long run.
  • Once an appliance starts breaking down, other repairs tend to follow soon after.
  • Appliance repair is a short-term solution

Decided To Replace? Who’s Going To Install The New One?

You may be quite handy and decide to tackle the appliance installation on your own. Perhaps you’re thinking of looking up the instructions and finally getting to use some of the tools you’ve had lying around. After all, how hard can it be?

Aside from the fact that these types of appliances are quite heavy and often require two people to manoeuvre, if you don’t have any experience with installing appliances, or dealing with electrical wires, you may want to think twice.

An improper installation can not only be a safety hazard for you and your family, it can also result in a damaged appliance that will no longer be covered under warranty.

There is also a risk to your personal safety when you consider the implications of getting accidentally electrocuted during the installation.

Here Are The 5 Golden Rules For Electrical Safety:

  1. First and foremost, ensure that the electrical source has been properly disconnected and effectively cut
  2. Take measures to secure against any possible reconnection while doing the installation by letting everyone in the household know when you are going to do it
  3. Use proper equipment such as a voltmeter, to check for any remaining voltage in the circuit
  4. Short-circuit and ground the conductors of the installation in order to prevent accidental feedback
  5. Protect the area you’re working in from potential hazards, by setting up a barrier around it

When Should You Never Touch An Electrical Appliance?

Water acts as an excellent conductor of electricity. Therefore, you should never touch an electrical appliance when your hands are wet, or you’re standing on a damp or wet surface. There’s a good chance you may get an electric shock!

You’ve Made The Wise Choice To Contact A Professional!

Give yourself peace of mind by hiring the right team who knows how to set up appliances correctly, so that they operate efficiently, and adhere to local safety regulations.

Located in Guelph, Ontario, Hy-Mark has the necessary expertise and certifications to ensure that your new appliance is properly installed and lasts for many years.

Hy-Mark serves the residents of Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Owen Sound, Waterloo, and the surrounding areas.

Give us a call today at (226) 917-2686!

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