When something goes wrong in the house, you can start to panic. Especially if it’s an important item such as the Fridge or the Cooker, which will cost lots to replace. But these things happen, and you should try not to worry. Here are five things you can do when your worst nightmare happens, and you need to repair an item.
Ask A Friend
If something breaks in your property, one of the best things to do is to contact a friend who knows more than you about DIY. These things happen, and it’s likely to have also happened to your friend, so they can give you advice. It’s very costly to replace a household item, so it would be great if you and your friend could figure out how to repair the item instead. You could ask your friend if they know anyone in that sector who could help to fix it. After all, if you are getting ‘mates rates’, it will save you money in the long run!
Check The Manual
The best thing to do when an item breaks is to check the manual. They often have advice at the back for when errors occur, so you might find the answer to your problem there. You can also check to make sure everything is plugged in where it should be. A lot of people manage to lose the manual, though, so check the house first to find it. If you can’t locate the manual in your property, it’s not the end of the world as you can download the repair manual from Tradebit.
Call A Handyman
If you really can’t fix it yourself, you should call a handyman who will know exactly what they are doing. But this is a more expensive option. They should be able to tell you whether it’s worth repairing, or if it’s cheaper to replace. Therefore, you can weigh up your options before making a decision. You can also get a couple to give you quotes if you want to ensure you are getting a good deal.
Contact The Brand
If you bought the item in the last year or two, you should check the warranty to see if it’s still in the period where you can get a replacement if necessary. If not, you can still contact the brand for advice. They often have a forum where you can ask questions too, so you may find your answer there.
Go On Social Media
There is a lot of information available to you online now on social media. You may find people on Twitter who will be able to give you advice, or who have been through the same problem. You could also post on Facebook and ask for people’s help. Here’s some more advice on getting help for your issue.
If the above doesn’t work, it might be time to get a new item. After all, you know then it’s unlikely to fail again for a while. If you fix it yourself, you might be fixing it again in a month!