Have a broken appliance? Tips for getting it fixed while saving money

Stefany and Spencer Elliott were thrilled to buy a home in New Jersey last fall.

But then?

“When we moved in, we found that the refrigerator was no longer working,” Stefany told Good Morning America. “We washed a few loads of laundry and found that something had built up in our dryer system.”

They didn’t have a lot of experience repairing equipment.

“My ability to fix the problem was just to turn it off and then on again,” she said.

Due to the pandemic, it was difficult to find someone available to address the issue.

“When we found out we had to do a lot of these things, we did a lot of Google searches and scrolled through videos a lot of YouTube videos,” she said.

Consumer Reports has a formula: when a device repair costs about 50 percent of the original purchase price, it’s time to replace it. But the pandemic has to do with that option too.

“The pandemic has made things a lot more complicated now,” said Sara Morrow, assistant editor for consumer reports. “Equipment manufacturers and distributors we’ve spoken to tell us the bottlenecks are unlikely to subside anytime soon.”

In addition to turning it off and on again, Consumer Reports recommends simple repair techniques that you can try.

“The refrigerator … if you notice the food is not as cool as it used to be, you can clean the condenser coil. You really should do this every six months,” said Morrow.

If your dishwasher doesn’t clean well, check the filter and spray arms to see if they are clogged and clean them.

For the tumble dryer?

“If you notice that your clothes are taking longer to dry, examine the canal behind the machine,” said Morrow.

Clean up any accumulated lint, which is also a potential fire hazard.

What if you can’t do the repair on your own?

You can check out RepairClinic.com.

The repair clinic sells device parts. The company’s website also has more than 5,000 device repair videos, 10,000 repair instructions, and a 24/7 free phone number.

“We have seen that the demand for services has increased as more and more things break and there is a huge need. And money has to be saved,” said Bob Burk.e, CEO of the repair clinic

The Elliotts did their own repairs and said they saved over $ 3,000.

“We are in a pandemic. We wanted to minimize the number of people who come and go in our house. But it was also an opportunity for us to save a lot of money,” Stefany said.

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