When you have a new appliance delivered to your home, you do not expect it to break down or need repairs for a long time. This is probably the reason why so many homeowners do not think too much about where the new appliance is going in the house or how to access the various repair panels on the machine. Hard-to-access placement complicates a service technician's job, leading to more time and labor, which in turn costs you more. If you want to make any future repairs on your new appliances less complicated, here are three ways that definitely help.
Do Not Put the Appliances in Tight Spaces
Sometimes it is unavoidable that the space designated for an appliance is smaller than you had hoped (e.g., your laundry room is also in your only bathroom and your washer and dryer are partially squeezed behind your only toilet). Try to buy more compact appliances when you are stuck with these tight spaces. Otherwise, find another area of the house where you can install your appliances and give yourself and the repair technician more room to move about the appliances.
Know Where the Access Panels Are and Make Them Easy to Reach
Some modern washers are designed with wet lint traps that you have to clean out every month. Unfortunately, some of these same washers have their wet lint traps located in the very bottom corner of the washer. If your washer is in an upstairs room, that means you have zero downhill gravity and no drain to drain the excess water out of the tub so you can get the trap out and clear it. This is because the companies that designed these machines this way fully expected consumers to buy the drawer pedestals to put underneath the washers and give you or the repair technician more room to work with the drainage hose and lint trap. Before you buy any appliance, know where your access panels are and make sure they are easy to reach and easy to work with.
Clear the Floor Space
This may seem like common sense, but you need to have more than just a couple feet of space cleared in front of the appliance. If the technician has to pull the appliance out of where it is currently sitting in order to work on it and repair it, a good six feet in every direction makes a big difference. Some components cannot be reached without pulling an appliance away from the wall and turning it on its side, front or back, so uncomplicate the situation and give the technician a wide berth to perform the appliance service repairs.
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