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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 much does it cost to install appliances?

Installing a new appliance costs $125, on average. However, homeowners should expect to pay within the range of $120 to $150. 

For less complex appliance installations, you may pay a low-end cost ranging between $65 and $100. On the other hand, more complex appliances like laundry machines, ranges and other items can cost between $175 and $326 to install. Ask whichever appliance installation service you hire to give you a price quote, if possible.

Should you tip appliance installers?

You can tip appliance installers if you feel their service has gone above and beyond. A standard tip is between $10 and $20. 

Reasons you might consider tipping include a very pleasant customer service demeanor, having to carry a heavy appliance up or down the stairs, working in inclement weather, taking care not to make a mess and other acts of care and consideration. You are not obligated to leave a tip — but one is always appreciated.

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.

What types of appliances can a professional install?

There are a number of different appliances that professionals can install for you, including:

  • Washers and dryers. These machines are heavy and very sensitive to being level and balanced, and also require hookups to water, electricity and sometimes gas or propane.
  • Cooking ranges. Your range may use propane or gas, which is a hookup job best left to the pros.
  • Microwaves. You may want to have your microwave be an undermount or in-mounted unit, which a pro can install and make it look seamless.
  • Refrigerators. These are heavy and often require a water hookup.
  • And more!

Reach out to an appliance installation service, and find out if they can install your appliance. Often, it’s helpful to provide the brand and model of the appliance you’re trying to set up.

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.

What are the advantages of hiring an appliance installer?

There are several perks to having a professional install your appliances, including:

  • Hiring a pro saves you time and money. If it breaks down, the service person who sold and installed the machine can fulfill its warranty. However, this warranty could be void if you install it incorrectly.
  • It will work reliably. Many appliances like ranges and laundry machines rely on being on level surfaces as well as having potentially dangerous hookups installed correctly. 
  • You can get repair and maintenance support. If something isn’t working or you want advice, you can call up your installer and ask if they can help you troubleshoot or repair it.

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. 

Reviews for Ashburn appliance service professionals
Antonio P.
Jason of A-Z Installations did an excellent, professional job this afternoon uninstalling an old island range hood, and installing a new one. He was pleasantly friendly and attentive to all details concerning the installation. He communicates very well with his customers. I would definitely recommend Jasón for any appliance repair and installations, and more, including electrical fixtures.
A-Z InstallationsA-Z Installations
Jerusha j.
Our frig. went out over a month ago it stopped cooling and the coil in the freezer was freezing up another company tried to repair but was not able to. I contacted Top Appliances Repair they sent our Francisco within 2 hrs of initial contact. Diagnosed the problem returned the next day to install the part. However it was another major part. He confirmed that they had that part at their warehouse return later that evening to install it. Our frig was back in service in 24hrs from the initial service call. I couldn't be more happier and pleased with everything quality, professionalism, responsiveness and cost. Thank you Top Appliance Team!
Michael W.
We called Ultrafix to repair an ice dispenser on our fridge, and Aydin called back immediately and came over that day. He gave us a responsible price for the part and ordered it. Four days later he came back and installed the part. Dispenser is working fine. While he was here we asked him about an issue we had with our oven door spring which we thought the oven was too old to fix, but Aydin went right to work on it and fixed it. Amazing! We can fully recommend Ultrafix and Aydin to service whatever appliance needs service timely and reasonable price.
UltraFix Appliance Repair LLCUltraFix Appliance Repair LLC
Hanh P.
Pros: - Professionalism - Good etiquette (technician wore a mask and shoe covers) - Our technician persisted until he found the solution Cons: - Our technician was inexperienced - Office communication could be more timely/better My 18- month-old Frigidaire microwave (above the stove) went kaput on Christmas Day. My fiance, who’s an extremely handy person, changed out a fuse but it still didn’t have power (ie. no light/power to the interface). I found and chose American Appliance over other small appliance repair companies due to the number of reviews and high ratings. The technician came on Wednesday, 12/30, and advised that if the fuse was not the issue, then it may be 2 other parts which he didn’t have in his inventory. So, he ordered the parts and said he’d call me to return on either Tuesday (1/5) or Wednesday (1/6), depending on when the part would arrive. We paid the $60 service call fee (which would be rolled into the final cost of repair) before he left. On Tuesday at 3p, I hadn’t heard anything so I reached out via Thumbtack to ask if the part had come in. I was advised that they would check and get back with me. An hour or so later, I was notified that the part was in and the technician could return on Wed between 12-4p which I agreed to. On Wednesday at 3:55p when no one had shown up, I again reached out to ask if someone was indeed coming. The response I received was the technician would arrive when he was done with his current appointment. At about 6:20p, the technician called to say he was about 30 minutes away and if I still wanted him to come. I agreed to let him come because I didn’t want to have to reschedule. The same technician who serviced the microwave the previous week arrived at 6:40p. He had both replacement parts but in order to test which part needed replacement, he would have to remove the microwave from its above the stove mount! I don’t know how he would have done it by himself (nor were we going to make him do it by himself!), so my fiancé (who originally installed the microwave with a helper) helped him remove it, in addition to preparing a tarped space on the floor for him to work on the microwave. After he replaced both parts, the microwave still did not have power. The tech called someone from his company who then continued to help him troubleshoot. Eventually, the tech learned that there are actually 3 fuses in this model microwave. After replacing the other 2 fuses, the microwave worked! The tech then put back the other 2 original parts which he had thought may be the problem. My fiancé helped him remount the microwave, and the total cost for repairs was $206. It was about 8:30p before he packed his equipment and was out the door.
American Appliance Repair LLCAmerican Appliance Repair LLC
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