Doing the repairs yourself could save you even more money, homeowners and experts say. “If you’re skilled, it can be very inexpensive to fix things yourself,” 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 team leader from West Babylon, New York. Casazza has repaired refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers in his own home and for friends and family. He usually searches Google for the solution to the problem, including the specific make and model in his search to find specific instructions and videos.
“If you’re lucky enough to find a video of the problem with your specific device, the average person should be able to do it,” he said.
Joe Whitaker, Origin Acoustics VP of Business Development, agreed. “Almost all popular fixes for appliances are available everywhere on YouTube. You don’t have to be the most skilled person, but you have to understand the tools needed to make the repair and also follow step-by-step instructions.”
He warned that skipping steps “can harm not only your home but yourself as well.”
Of course, be sure to unplug appliances and turn off water for plumbing repairs before you begin work.