DIY Appliance Repair

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As 2017 comes to an end, and we are ready to usher in 2018, what financial goals do you have for the year? Whether you are saving money for a child’s future education, retirement, or a family vacation, we are always looking for ways to save. For many, DIY appliance Repair is a no-brainer in saving money. We came across just how much you can save on common home repairs at RepairClinic.com.



DIY Appliance Repair – True Savings

Refrigerator

One of the more common refrigerator repairs is replacing the ice maker. Here’s the cost difference between hiring a repair tech to fix it versus you fixing it:

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $100 – $250, depending on your model.
Total Cost $240-$430
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Ice makers range from $75-$200, plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost $75-$200 (Shipping Included)
Savings You’ll save $160 to $170 fixing it yourself!

Oven/Stove/Range

For electric ovens, replacing the bake element is usually the most needed repair. If your oven is gas, the igniter is the most common part to fail.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts Either part costs about $50-$200.
Total Cost Plan on spending $180-$380 to replace either part.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Bake elements and ignitors range from around $30-$150.
Total Cost $37-$160 (Shipping Included)
Savings You’ll save $140 to $220 if you fix it yourself!

Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is on the fritz, more often than not the problem could be the water inlet valve.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $30-$65 (depending on the model)
Total Cost Plan on spending $180-$250 to replace a water inlet valve.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Water inlet valves range from $20-$50.
Total Cost $27-$60 (Shipping Included)
Savings We’re talking $153 to $190 in savings!



Washing Machine

A damaged or broken drive belt is one of the more common parts that need to be replaced on a washing machine.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $15-$65 (depending on the model)
Total Cost It costs $160-$250 to replace a drive belt.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Drive belts range from $10-$50 on our website
Total Cost $17-$60 (Shipping Included)
Savings You save $143 to $190!

 

Dryer

There’s no doubt about it, the thermal fuse is the most replaced item on a dryer. (Hint: clean the lint out of your filter before or after every load and from your venting every six months to help prevent this problem!)

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $10-$60 (depending on the model)
Total Cost It costs $150-$240 to replace a drive belt.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Thermal fuses range from $10-$45.
Total Cost $17-$55 (Shipping Included)
Savings We’re talking $130 to $185 in savings!

 


Lawn Mower

In most cases, a lawn mower not being able to start is a result of a defunct carburetor. Here’s how much you can save by replacing a carburetor by yourself.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $15-$100 (depending on your mower)
Total Cost It costs $190-$260 to replace a carburetor.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Carburetors range from $13-$90.
Total Cost $20-$97 (Shipping Included)
Savings We’re talking $170 to $240 in savings!

 



Snowblower

We recommend replacing your snowblower’s spark plug once a season. A spark plug that’s on the fritz increases emissions reduces engine performance and increases fuel consumption. An inexpensive spark plug wrench will help you easily perform the maintenance yourself.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $3-$20 (depending on your snowblower)
Total Cost It costs $150-$225 to replace a spark plug.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Spark plugs range from $2-$15
Total Cost $9-$25 (Shipping Included)
Savings $160 to $210 in savings!

Furnace

Aside from filters, igniters are one of the most common parts needing replacement on furnaces. See below for how much you can save replacing your furnace igniter yourself.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $75
Hourly Rate $150/hr
Cost of parts $20-$110 (depending on your furnace)
Total Cost It costs $200-$240 to replace an igniter.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Drive belts range from $15-$95.
Total Cost $22-$105 (Shipping Included)
Savings $190 to $220 in savings!

 


Central Air Conditioner

If you’re frustrated with the performance of your air conditioning unit it could be that your contactor isn’t working. See below for how much you can save by replacing your a/c unit’s contactor by yourself.

Repair Technician
Avg. Service Fee $150
Hourly Rate $300/hr
Cost of parts $15-$180 (depending on your a/c unit)
Total Cost It costs $260-$300 to replace a contactor.
DIY Repair
Avg. Service Fee $0
Hourly Rate $0
Cost of parts Contactors range from $13-$160.
Total Cost $20-$170 (Shipping Included)
Savings $160 to $210 in savings!



You can search through YouTube videos if you need help in performing any of these easy-to-do tasks. We would also like to point out that you could save even more on your DIY appliance repair with an Amazon Prime membership! The shipping charges provided were from ordering directly from RepairClinic. As you know, Amazon Prime members can get two day shipping on most items for free! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!




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