In these difficult times, it is important not only to take care of yourself and your loved ones, but also of your devices. This way you prevent them from breaking. If you know when devices are more likely to fail, you can prevent an emergency at home faster.
For people, working is extra difficult when it is too hot outside, and the same applies to our devices. The higher the summer temperatures, the harder it is for the devices to perform. According to an American research report conducted by Puls, repairs to devices in various categories are on the rise. The rise is particularly visible in the summer. Repairing your devices yourself naturally saves you a lot of money.
That is one of the reasons why you should not make excessive use of heat-generating devices in the summer. Whether it is a dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator, these machines can generate more heat in the house in the summer, so it is better not to let them work too hard on hot days. Whatever device you use, avoid overloading. The more volume and weight in the devices, the harder they have to work.
In the case of refrigerators, we see that requests for repairs increase especially in the month of July. The average repair costs by a qualified technician are around £222 and for do-it-yourself repairs the costs are around £36. Although the costs can always rise to no less than twice as much.
For an average cost of £320 for authorized technicians and £38 for do-it-yourselfers, freezers cost more to repair than any other device. Like their cousin, the fridge, you notice that they "puff" a little more in the summer than in the colder months. It is therefore advisable to be extra careful with the cold beast. Good to know: by regularly cleaning, your freezer will extend the service life.
Dishwashers also work harder in the summer. A common defect, which can be noticed when a malfunction is imminent, is the stopping of draining water after a wash cycle. On average, the costs for having a repair technician repaired are around £188. If you do it yourself, the costs are around £26. Quite a fair price, given the frequent use of a dishwasher for cleaning crockery and cutlery.
Ovens tend to overheat in the summer, but they can also show defects in the winter, especially if you are tempted to use the oven as an additional heat source when it is cold outside. (Note: this is dangerous and potentially fatal if you have a gas oven. Don't do it!)
The average bill for repairing the microwave is around £195, while when you do it yourself it often won’t cost you more than £26. It is therefore a good idea to know what is needed for a microwave oven to keep it in top condition. The costs for repairing the microwave are often higher than the selling price of many brands of new microwaves.
Washing machines can be vulnerable to cold or warm temperatures. Especially when they are in an uninsulated garage or basement. So keep an eye on them in summer and in winter, as extreme temperatures can cause great damage. Often the bill for repairing the washing machine by a technician is around £203. When you do it yourself, you save enormously, you only lose £28.
It is worth considering reducing the drying of certain items of clothing through the dryer. This way you light up your dryer in the winter when it might not get hot enough, or in the summer when it can get overheated. Choose to dry the laundry on the line or to invest in a drying rack. The average costs that of letting your dryer repaired by a qualified technician are around £192. If you choose to do the repair yourself, it won’t often cost you more than £24.
Our advice is therefore to properly maintain your devices. Give them the care they deserve and you will automatically extend their lifespan. If something should go wrong, pay attention to the cost of hiring a professional repairman, or just go shopping at Fiyo to find the spare part and repair it yourself. It saves you an average of £187 per repair.