If you take on the repairs yourself, you could save even more money, homeowners and experts say. “If you are handy, fixing things yourself can be very cost-effective,” said Steve Biedrzycki, a firefighter in Westminster, Maryland.
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Having the right resources makes all the difference, said Chris Casazza, a retired school maintenance crew leader from West Babylon, New York. Casazza has repaired refrigerators, ovens, washing machines and dryers in his own home and for friends and family. He usually will search on Google for the solution to the problem, including the specific make and model in his search to find specific instructions and videos.
“If you are lucky enough to find a video of the problem with your specific appliance, it should be doable by an average person,” he said.
Joe Whitaker, the VP of Business Development for Origin Acoustics, agreed. “Almost all common fixes for appliances are all over YouTube. You don’t have to be the handiest person around, but you do have to understand the tools needed for the repair and, also, how to follow step-by-step instructions.”
He warned that skipping steps “can not only harm your home, but yourself.”
Of course, make sure to unplug appliances and shut off water for plumbing repairs, before you begin work.