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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for appliance repair?

While the average cost of appliance repair is $65, the price can range from $45 to $120. A technician may set a flat rate or charge by the hour. The average hourly cost is $65, although this can range from $40 to $95. 

Appliance repair technicians typically set their prices depending on the type of appliance, level of difficulty and other factors. Some pros may also charge a service fee or a consultation fee, and they might also offer discounts for new customers. 

To find out how much it will cost to repair your appliance, get free estimates from the best appliance repair technicians near you.

How do you tell if your fridge is broken?

Use your nose — and ears — to tell if your fridge is broken and it’s time to call a pro. 

The first clue is whether your food is expiring too quickly. Your fridge should be at or below 40º Fahrenheit and your freezer should be at 0º, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If temperatures deviate from these figures, the result can be food spoilage (from too much warmth) or even a frost buildup (from a faulty freezer). 

Other telltale signs that your refrigerator is broken are excessive noise, escalating electric bills and excessive heat from the back of the fridge.

If you think your fridge might be broken, don’t delay — contact the top appliance repair technicians near you today.

Is it worth it to hire an appliance repair technician?

There are several reasons why it’s worth it to hire an appliance repair technician instead of replacing the unit or doing the repair yourself. The first is to keep your warranty valid — doing a DIY repair on a home appliance may void some warranties.

Another reason is having the proper tools. While you may need to go buy extra tools to perform a repair, a technician will have the tools ready.

Hiring a pro can also help ensure a long-term fix instead of a band-aid solution, as an experienced pro will be able to assess the equipment for function.

If you have a broken appliance, get free estimates from the best appliance repair pros near you to figure out if it's worth hiring a pro to fix it for you.

Is it cheaper to repair or replace a refrigerator?

In some cases, it might be cheaper to repair a refrigerator — in others, your best bet is to just buy a new one. The decision to repair or replace a refrigerator will depend on several factors, but the most important is cost. If the cost to repair a fridge is much more than the cost of buying a new one, it’s time to replace the fridge.

To help you determine if your fridge should be repaired or replaced, get free estimates from the best appliance repair technicians in your area.

Is appliance repair easy?

While some appliance repairs like cleaning the inlet filter on your washing machine or cleaning a smelly dishwasher are perfect DIY projects, others are better left to the pros. 

Certain jobs can be dangerous and risk extensive damage, such as repairing gas lines or leaks. Others require experience and know-how, such as balancing a clothes washer, replacing electric wires, rewiring appliances and more. If you’re not sure how to get it done safely, contact the best appliance repair technicians near you.

How much does refrigerator repair cost?

Refrigerator repair generally costs a fraction of the price of a new fridge and shouldhave your appliance up and running again in no time. The problems your refrigerator is experiencing and the parts required to fix it will affect your repair costs. Where you live can affect labor rates, which will raise or lower your costs. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Diagnostic fees: $50-$100. Repair pros often have a service call fee or diagnostic fee to account for their time traveling to your location with all their tools to assess the problem. If you choose to have them repair the fridge, most pros then credit this fee toward your repair cost.
  • Parts: $20-$500. A new compressor averages $200, an icemaker $300, and computerized components such as touch screens and control boards average $300 or more.
  • Basic repairs: $180-$400, including parts. This price range can include repairing the evaporator or fan motor.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an appliance repairman or specialist when social distancing?

If you decide to hire an appliance service specialist or repairman, check your local news for community guidelines and follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Discuss safety protocols with the appliance repairmen before they enter your home. And when they enter your home, stay at least 6 feet apart, don’t shake hands, sanitize all involved surfaces and use digital payments instead of cash or a check. 

If you decide to postpone the work, consider buying a gift card from them or paying for future work. This is a great way to give back to the community, as many small businesses and individual contractors are feeling the economic effects of social distancing. 

How can I find out if an appliance repairman or specialist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential provider varies based on state, city and local guidelines. Visit the official government website of your state or city to see which services are considered an essential in your area.

For more information on a national level, read CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. However, note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

How long do fridges last?

Refrigerators can last 10 to 20 years, although the most common lifespan is about 13 years. If your fridge is acting up, consider its current age when deciding whether to invest in repairs or buy a new one. Common easy fixes include faulty thermostats, dirty coils and clogged drain lines. Thermostats and dirty coils can be generally be fixed for an average cost of $80-$100. Clogged drain lines, which usually cause leaks, can often be fixed for under $200.

More complex refrigeration repairs such as replacing a bad compressor or replenishing low refrigerant can cost more because of expensive parts and higher labor. A new compressor costs an average of $200, not including labor. If labor is an average of $75-$100 per hour, and the repair takes 3 hours, you’re looking at roughly $500. Consider the age and purchase cost of your fridge; investing $350 in a $600 fridge that is 8 years old may not be cost-effective.

Can I use digital payments to pay for appliance repair, installation or maintenance services?

Many appliance professionals accept digital payments through Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. You should contact the business or individual before hiring them for the project to see how they handle payments, especially during this time of social distancing. Many businesses also list their methods of payment in their profiles.

Reviews for La Mesa appliance service specialists
Hollie A.
WARNING!! DO NOT USE FOLA APPLIANCE REPAIR!! THIS IS THE DETAILED STORY OF WHEN HE TRIED TO SCAM US AND GOT CAUGHT IN THE ACT!! This review was written by the husband who dealt with him when he came to "fix" our dryer. We requested a dryer repair on Thumbtack and Dmitri came out promptly. After just listening to our dryer for a second he said that we needed a new drive motor. He said it would be $250 for the new part and $100 for labor. Needing our dryer fixed today, I agreed. I had already troubleshot the problem as a blocked blower wheel, but I trusted that this guy wouldn't lead me astray. But my intuition kicked in because the cost was excessive and I immediately was put on guard. He left and came back about an hr later. He took our dryer apart and while it was apart, he had to run to his car. There was in fact a sock stuck in the blower wheel that he tried to move to another part of the dryer, thinking I wasn't looking. The box that the new drive motor was in was for a different brand (my dryer is Samsung and the box said Whirlpool on it) so I got even more suspicious. So when he went to his car I took photos of the part in the box (it was opened so I got a photo of the part number), and of the drive motor in our dryer. He comes back and pretends to put the new part in, then drops "the old drive motor" back in the box, almost to bring attention to him putting it in the box. I walked over and picked it up to look at it, saying "wow this is what one of these looks like", to which he said, "yea, it probably has a bad coil". He quickly started putting the dryer back together. After comparing the pictures in my phone against the "old drive motor" that he dropped in the box, low and behold IT WAS THE SAME PART THAT WAS IN THE BOX TO BEGIN WITH (he didn't know that I already had picture evidence). I told him to take the drum back out so I could clean around it, and he nervously said "I've already cleaned it." I think he started to realize that I was on to him so he got a bit nervous. I repeatedly told him to take the drum out, so he did. I then stood there and pulled my phone out to show him the pictures I had. I showed him the photo of the drive motor that he brought with him in the box and pointed out that it was the exact same one that he brought with him. I pointed out the writing behind the label and the rust spot on it. I then showed him the photo of our original drive motor, which was still installed, still covered in lint. He was like "I was just doing a diagnostic." I told him that I knew he was trying to scam me and not to try to lie to cover it up. I said "you were trying to scam me, weren't you? Don't you lie to me" and said "yea" and mumbled under his breath. I said "why would you do this to us?" to which he kept responding "ok, ok" and mumbling under his breath. After he left I looked up the part number (which you'll see in the photos), and it's a drive motor for a Whirlpool washer (remember we have a Samsung dryer)!!! The level of deception that this guy went through to make sure he wasn't caught is astounding and tells me that he does this stuff often. He is a real-life scammer. He's nice so he's unassuming but he's not a good person. My wife called him to give him a piece of her mind and called him a P.O.S., to which he said "so what's your point?" Again, another admission of guilt, and an incredible amount of arrogance. I literally never give anyone bad reviews because it's not worth my time, and I will let someone correct their mistake if there was one, but this one is different. He blatantly tried to scam us. He did it all while smiling and waving at our daughter who kept waving at him. It makes me sick that I let this guy into my house. We've opened up claims with Thumbtack, the appropriate licensing board, and the Department of Consumer Affairs for Household Goods and Services. I've also contacted the police department. I sincerely hope you that are reading this heed the warning of not using this guy. He's incredibly dishonest for the sake of making an extra hundred bucks. And if you read any of his other bad reviews on Thumbtack, you'll see people reporting the same kind of thing. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to check his reviews as my wife booked him. Hard lesson learned. I would never in a million years recommend FOLA to ANYONE!!!
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