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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Does an appliance specialist need to enter my home?

If the faulty appliance is located in your home (e.g., a washing machine, refrigerator, toilet, dishwasher, etc.), the appliance repairman will most likely need to come inside to complete their work. However, if your appliance is outdoors (e.g., a grill, outdoor kitchen, etc.), it may be possible for them to complete the work without entering your home and with limited person-to-person contact. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an appliance specialist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up a consultation or appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic is virtually, with no in-person contact. After messaging the appliance repairman, you can ask to set up a video chat or phone call to discuss what work needs to be done. Make sure to ask them how they handle payments, keeping in mind that paying in advance may be safer than handling cash or credit cards until the pandemic is over. Ask the professional what procedures and precautions they have in place to ensure safety during this time. 

Reviews for Ashburn appliance service specialists
Sheila T.
Aydin did a great job diagnosing and repairing my dishwasher. I will call him first for any future appliance repair needs.
UltraFix Appliance Repair LLCUltraFix Appliance Repair LLC
Morgan G.
KL Appliance repair was great! Very professional, honest, and prompt. Would definitely hire again.
KL Appliance RepairKL Appliance Repair
Joanna J.
He fixed 2 appliances after the freeze. He was very knowledgeable about many things regarding home construction as well and gave us advice on some of our damage. I would use them again for my appliance repairs.
Solo Appliance RepairSolo Appliance Repair
Steven S.
My refrigerator stopped working I contacted three appliance repair companies. Your company was the only one that could do the repairs the same day. The Service Techs was very professional. Thank You.
Amarika Appliance RepairAmarika Appliance Repair
Mike B.
Very pleasant, knew what he was doing, great followup. On time and cost was reasonable. Will use next time I need appliance repair.
Cindy C.
I had two appliances repaired in the same day after only contacting them 3-4 days prior. Excellent response time.
MCM Mechanical  Appliance & Garage Door RepairsMCM Mechanical Appliance & Garage Door Repairs
Qing C.
I’d love to recommend them to anyone want to repair the appliances. Great job to fix my refrigerator, response timely, reasonable price, nothing to complain!!
On Premise Appliance RepairOn Premise Appliance Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Very knowledgeable and helpful. Daniel was very communicative and knowledgeable. I will recommend him to anyone needing appliance or electrical repair. Thank you for your services!
Horton MechanicalHorton Mechanical
Ofelia P.
Thomas was punctual, respectful and diagnosed the problem quickly and returned the next day as scheduled to repair our GE washing machine. I would be pleased to have him come out again for appliance repair and would not hesitate to refer him to friends and family.
MCM Mechanical  Appliance & Garage Door RepairsMCM Mechanical Appliance & Garage Door Repairs
Charis c.
Did the work but very expensive. Paid $420 to repair my freezer and another workman sent me a quote of $170 for same parts with quality products right around when it was being worked on. Unfortunately solo appliance was almost done with the repair at that time.
Solo Appliance RepairSolo Appliance Repair
Patrick E.
Brian was absolutely fantastic. He showed up fast, got the part fast and finished the repair much sooner than I had expected. He’s also very friendly and customer oriented. I will keep him on speed dial for any other appliance repairs.
Evolution Appliance RepairEvolution Appliance Repair
Matthew K.
We had an issue with our Maytag electric stovetop. Our repairman was very personable and responsive to all of our questions. They work with your schedule and their prices were very fair. I would recommend Solo Appliance Repair to all of our friends. We will definitely use them for any future appliance issues that may come up.
Solo Appliance RepairSolo Appliance Repair
Vernecia G.
Working with Baylor Appliances was great! Baylor was very professional and efficient. He repaired our washer in less than 30 minutes and left no clean up for me. I will definitely use them again.
Baylor ApplianceBaylor Appliance
Lisa S.
We had an excellent experience working with MCM Mechanical Appliance & Garage Door Repairs. We had the pleasure of working with Thomas and Mo, they were responsive, diligent, and provided professional quality work. Highly recommended!
MCM Mechanical  Appliance & Garage Door RepairsMCM Mechanical Appliance & Garage Door Repairs
Willie B.
They repairman was very thorough, explained what he was doing and provided cost estimates for replacement parts. He answered all of our questions and was very patient and professional. I’ll call them again for my appliance repairs.
Solo Appliance RepairSolo Appliance Repair
Sandra N.
Eric was the service man who came out. He was courteous prompt and knowledgeable. He went over and above my expectations. The service call price was fair. I would use ABE again for appliance repair
ABE AppliancesABE Appliances
Thank you Mack for servicing my Samsung fridge. Mack was very polite and helpful in repairing my ice maker. You definitely have a skilled employee representing American Appliance. Much success to you Mack!
American Appliance Repair LLCAmerican Appliance Repair LLC
Mike l.
The tech did a excellent job explained everything he was on time and the company is honest and charges were more than fair for the work done I would recommend fix pro for anyone needing a honest appliance repair service
Michael L.
Great overall work by Kevin. Communication was solid and he kept us informed on progress with warranty/parts/etc. Kevin is very friendly and professional and we will use him again anytime we have a need for appliance repair.
KL Appliance RepairKL Appliance Repair
Dianne K.
Kevin was wonderful. I will keep his card and call him the next time I need an appliance repair! He even called the next day to follow up and to make sure we were satisfied. Dianne Kilday
KL Appliance RepairKL Appliance Repair
Kate H.
I was super impressed with KL Appliance repair. They were able to be scheduled the same day as requested, and at the time I requested. Also - they provided me a 3 month guarantee on service done in case anything goes wrong. Highly highly recommend!
KL Appliance RepairKL Appliance Repair
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!
Tartisha T.
The technician provided great service in advising us our refrigerator needed a new compressor. We ended up not replacing the compressor but instead will purchase a new refrigerator. Very prompt and courteous service given today! We will definitely use for future appliance repair needs.
Solo Appliance RepairSolo Appliance Repair
Very nice, professional and thorough. Very comfortable having them in my home. I had two different appliances repaired and initially had to keep following up a few times to hear back about when a part was due to deliver and a diagnostic on the second appliance. That is the only reason I am giving 4 stars and not a 5. The small lag in communication is the only negative. Once that was overcome, everything was top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
MCM Mechanical  Appliance & Garage Door RepairsMCM Mechanical Appliance & Garage Door Repairs
Christopher M.
Your appliances cost a lot of money and you want someone who knows what they're doing to repair them. Eric and ABE are extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and have a 17 year track record of superb service. You can hire ABE with confidence for sure.
ABE AppliancesABE Appliances
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