5 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Appliance Repair

1) Make Sure You Really Need Service.

Over the years I have lost count of how many times the problem with a customer’s appliance was a blown breaker, a water valve that was accidently turned off, or an electric plug that came loose from the wall. Before you commit to an appliance service call, make sure you really need service. Check water sources, plugs, fuses and your breaker before assuming the problem is with your appliance. Also, if your appliance is less than five years old, make sure that it is not still under warranty before calling a local appliance repair company.

2) Avoid Fly-by-Night Companies.

Many people try to save money by dealing with appliance repair companies that have “low overhead costs.” Usually, this means that the appliance repair company does not have much experience. Before doing business, ask how long the appliance repair company has been serving the Northwest Houston community. There are many fly-by-night companies that pop up in this industry every day. Make sure that the appliance repair company that you choose has a good standing within the Northwest Houston community. Saving a few bucks now may cost you more in the long run if the repair is not done right the first time.

3) Shop Around for Service Call Rates..

It should not be a surprise that appliance repair companies charge a service call (sometimes known as a trip charge or a diagnostic charge) to come out to your home and diagnose your appliance repair needs. Remember, good appliance repairmen are highly trained, have invested in many expensive tools, stock a wide inventory of parts, not to mention the gas that it costs to drive out to your home. Quite simply, most appliance repair companies don’t have the time or the manpower to do an in-home diagnosis for free. However, with a little research, you will find that the service call charge varies widely from company to company. In Northwest Houston, service call charges range from as low as $39.95 to as much as $80! Obviously, it pays to call around. However, do not make the price of the service call the only factor when choosing an appliance repair company. A good name and a commitment to honoring their work and warranty should be factors that are also considered.

4) Get the Repair Cost Upfront.

When the appliance repairman arrives at your home, ask him to give you the total costs of the repair after he diagnoses the problem. While it is unusual, some unscrupulous appliance repair companies will repair the machine before ever giving the customer the chance to approve the repair. Appliance repair companies are independent and their charges vary, so ask what charges you'll be expected to pay in advance. Also, don’t forget to ask for the terms of the repair warranty upfront.

5) Get a Warranty in Writing.

Once the appliance repairs have been made, ask for a copy of the warranty in writing. A standard minimum appliance repair warranty should cover the installed new parts for at least 90 days. Additionally, the appliance repairman should also provide at least a 30 day warranty on their labor. Keep the receipt in a safe place in the event that the appliance breaks down again during the warranty period.

Do you have a washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, icemaker, dishwasher, oven, or stove that needs to be serviced? Call your Houston Appliance Repair Specialists at Spring Cypress Appliance Repair at (281) 685-7534 today to schedule a service call in the Houston area today!

Sign up now and INSTANTLY receive money saving coupons for your appliance repair!

Search Engine Optimization by FTMDaily.com