Modern day appliances are a blessing but when they go bad they can cause nightmares at the most inopportune times. Contrary to how the majority of us treat our appliances, the moving parts in washers, dryers, and dishwashers do need regular maintenance to continue to happily run for years. Fortunately many of the American made appliances in the 70′s and 80′s were well built solid machines with parts widely available. As these machines retire at a rapid pace and have been replaced by high-tech appliances, the options for finding repairman to fix them is dwindling.
We aren’t always big proponents of the costly front-end warranties for electronics and appliances but make sure to check the manufacturers warranty and then compare to what an extended warranty would cover. The piece of mind to have a well-running machine is often worth the extra money over the cost of the appliance.
But if you’re still maintaining a sturdy oven or vintage icebox, there are repairmen (or women) who can help you and there also resources you can use to help yourself.
This article from OldHouseWeb.com starts with some great advice for starting your search that begins with asking friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations of quality service people. This advice also pertains to finding contractors, architects, or any other home repair professional.
This article goes on to mention how best to search the yellow pages (go with a vendor who takes credit cards and buys the bigger ads as they are more committed to their business) but as we would take our search online first and explore options on Craigslist.org and Angie’s List. A thorough check of references is always required and being comfortable with the terms including what to expect if the work is incomplete or not done to your standards.
Here are some other questions to ask when searching:
* Are you insured, in the event that a repair causes damage to my home?
* How long have you been in business?
* Is there a written guarantee on the work performed and the installed parts? How long is the warranty?
* What would be the bottom-line total bill for this repair, including any service charges, call out fees, trip charges, parts and labor?”