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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
Brett R.
Urban appliance did a great job with our dryer repair, would definitely hire again
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Nancy Y.
Scott is now my go to appliance repair man. Excellent work. Very experienced. Nice to work with. Fair pricing.
S & E ApplianceS & E Appliance
Jimmy A.
Richard is the most pleasant / professional appliance repair tech I've ever worked with. He repaired my washer within 4 hours of originally contacting him. Quality work and very respectable.
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Dan D.
Andrey arrived ahead of schedule, worked quickly, diagnosed and repaired in no time! Will call them again with any appliance issue and definitely recommend them.
Lori A.
Wonderful to work with. Very professional and on time. Repaired the water line to my water dispenser on the fridge. Did work at a cheaper rate than what was quoted, problem taken care of. Will definitely hire again for appliance repair in future.
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Bill w.
Scott was professional, courteous and thorough. He arrived on time and did a great job repairing our dryer. He also provided some good advice regarding preventive maintenance. We would absolutely recommend him for an appliance repair job.
S & E ApplianceS & E Appliance
Kim w.
Steve was absolutely fabulous. On time, friendly, polite and had my washer fixed in no time at all for a fair price. I will definitely use A1 Best Appliance Repair in the future.
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Ioana s.
He knew what he was doing, gave an honest quote and did the job right. I'll definitely hire again next time I have the need for appliance repair. Thanks
S & E ApplianceS & E Appliance
Liang Z.
Scott's work was highly professional, and the service he delivered was beyond our expectation! He explained things very well and got the job done quickly. We will be absolutely happy to give Scott a call whenever we need appliance repair in the future. Highly recommend!
S & E ApplianceS & E Appliance
Mike T.
The company was very responsive and professional when setting up our service. On the day of Andrew showed up right on time both times, did the work quickly and did it well. Very happy with our service and would use again for any other appliance repair needs.
Shawn R.
I noticed water under my washing machine on Saturday afternoon so I jumped on Thumbtack and contacted A1 Best Appliance Repair after reading their reviews. Richard called me immediately and offered to come over the same day. He showed up on time, assessed the problem, quoted me a more than fair price and had the work done in less than 30 minutes. We chatted for little bit and he gave me a lot of great information. He's very personable and professional but above all I could tell that he is a good, honest man with high integrity. I highly recommend him and will definitely call him for any future appliance repairs and replacements. Thanks Richard!!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Mary G.
The service I received from FIVE TWO ZERO was exceptional. Angel arrived when he said he would, quickly assessed the problem, sent a written estimate for the work, and completed the project the next day on time and at the price stated. His pricing is reasonable; he is a gentleman who is proud of his work. I will definitely use this service again if I need appliance repair. I have already referred him to family and friends.
Kristen V.
A BIG Thank you to Richard and A1 Best Appliance Repair. Our GE stackable washer/dryer started to stop mid-cycle and shut off. Not only did Richard know exactly how to fix the problem (at a low cost I might add) but he was willing to evaluate our unit on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Richard called me almost immediately after I submitted my request form. He was friendly and professional for the entire experience. I highly recommend.
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David L.
I recently had a water issue with my dryer. Yes, my dryer. Seems that my dryer has a water hook-up to provide humidity to help prevent wrinkles. The valve broke and flooded my dryer and wash room. After the clean-up, I called and spoke to Richard. He advised me that the valve probably broke and he would have to order a new part. Total parts and installation would be around $250. Then we began discussing if I even needed that feature. He said I could just disconnect the hose to the dryer and hook the washer hose directly to the incoming water line. Well, 30 minutes later, I was up and running. Richard could have just come out and installed the new valve and made some money, but he was honest and provided some genuine advice. I highly recommend Richard for all your appliance repair needs.
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Appliance repair specialists can work on a wide range of items in your kitchen and home. You never know when something might break down, so having a local repair technician on hand to come can put your mind at ease. They can fix your fridge, washing machine, stove, dryer, dishwasher and more. Remember: many appliances in your home will need regular maintenance and occasional repairs. Check out the profiles below, and hire a repair tech near you to keep your appliances running smoothly.

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