Just because it’s not working doesn’t mean it needs to be thrown out. Check out these 3 basic appliance repair tips that you can perform yourself:
First, check if there is power to the appliance. Your electrical socket may be malfunctioning, the plug may be faulty or it could be due to loose wiring. Take another appliance, such as a hair dryer, and plug it into the socket – if it’s working, the socket is not to blame. If it doesn’t work, call an electrician to repair the socket (after checking the main power board).
Next, unplug the appliance and check the plug for loose wires. Replace the plug and see if the appliance works. If not, open the appliance and look for loose wires (only if the guaranteed has expired). Fix any loose wires that you can or take the appliance to a reputable repair person.
Another common reason why appliances malfunction may be due to a blown fuse. Read the user manual to find out where the fuses are located. If you don’t have the owner’s manual look it up online. Replace any fuses that appear to be blown with new ones that are exactly the same and can be purchased from your local hardware store.
Any appliance that uses water will automatically stop working if it does not get the necessary water flow. First, check that it is properly connected to a water outlet and that water is flowing from the outlet. Then check for any blockages in the pipes or connections that may be preventing the flow of water. If you cannot identify the problem but are sure that the appliance is not receiving water, call a plumber.
The rule of thumb here is to call a professional repairman, electrician or plumber if you are unsure of how to repair an appliance.