I think we can all agree that appliance repair can seem like a daunting task. Additionally, it may be tempting to try and save money by troubleshooting appliance problems ourselves instead of calling a professional for help. Appliance malfunctions can range from small, easily fixable solutions to large, life-threatening issues. Here are five signs that you should call an appliance repairman for help.
1. You See Smoke or Smell Something Burning
Common sense tells us that an appliance emitting smoke is malfunctioning and in need of professional help. Turning off or unplugging the appliance is not enough and can be a fire hazard in the future. In fact, the National Fire Protection Agency provides data and fire hazard risks for most appliances. An appliance repairman can help you diagnose the source of the smoke. Additionally, do not hesitate to call 911 in an emergency.
2. Your Utility Bills are High
Expensive utility or electricity bills often indicate your appliance(s) may have to put in extra work to get the job done. Dryers with broken heating elements and leaking air conditioners are two common culprits causing your electric bills to skyrocket. While electric bills typically increase during colder winter months, if your bill is consistently higher than you think it should be, have an appliance repairman come check out your major appliances to see if there is a leak or clog.
3. Your Appliance is Making a New Sound Repeatedly
Some appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers can be naturally noisy. However, unexpected grinding or hissing noises can indicate malfunctioning parts of common appliances. Sounds should be investigated immediately to avoid broken parts, massive leaks, and overworked fans or heating/cooling elements.
4. Excess Moisture Builds Up Around your Appliance
Moisture presence promotes mold growth on a wide range of surfaces, including walls, floors, and both inside and outside of appliances. Moisture can pool up near the bottom of leaking appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, and A/C units. Additionally, moisture can appear on walls and crevices in humid rooms due to lack of air flow. If you suspect excess moisture buildup, an appliance repairman can help you diagnose the source of moisture and troubleshoot a plan to dry out.
5. Your Appliance is Wobbly or Shifting Unexpectedly
A wobbly appliance is often a sign of being off-balance or a broken part impacting the rotation. Aggressive shifting or wobbling is most common in washing machines and dryers. Before calling a repairman, make sure the appliance is not overloaded and that the clothes are distributed evenly. If the problem still exists, a routine maintenance checkup can usually diagnose the issue.