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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 Raleigh appliance service specialists
Jane V.
An awesome repair at a reasonable price. I will use Rob for an future appliance repairs.
Fay T.
At last an appliance repair man that is responsive and provides good quality work
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Carmen K.
Rob repaired my appliance, made suggestions , was very thorough in his work and repaired my dryer promptly. Work results are excellent.
Chin C.
Ricardo arrived on time and diagnosed the issue with my microwave. Issue was quickly identified. The part was ordered and he came back to replace it. The microwave turntable is now working again. Ricardo is very professional, polite and knowledgeable about appliance repairs. I would highly recommend Appliance Services and will definitely use them again for future appliance repairs.
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Cecil W.
Highly recommend Nick for any appliance repair. He is punctual, friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable.
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Kenrick S.
I was very pleased with the quality of the work and recommend this company to anyone needing repair and maintenance for their appliances.
Hannah S.
My washing machine broke down, so I contacted Southern Appliance & Home Service to inquire about getting it repaired. Based on pictures that I sent, the repairman concluded that the spider arm was broken. He also researched what parts would be necessary to repair the machine and sent me an estimate. Since the repair was going to cost around $500 (due to the expense of the parts), I have opted to buy a new machine. The repairman also provided an opinion on what machine might be the best to purchase. I am amazed and delighted that Southern Appliance provided as much information as they did, without me making any purchase whatsoever. They are definitely on the top of my list for appliance repairs, and I will definitely contact them the next time I need an appliance repair.
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Patricia A.
JJ is a very honest repair man. He explained everything in detail and answered all our questions. He even gives good tips on using the appliance that you do not get in the appliance manual. If you want an honest repair man, JJ is your man. Pat and Ken Schafer
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Cheryl s.
Rob is professional and timely. He has repaired both our refrigerator and washing machine. He diagnosed and repaired each problem efficiently and with an appropriate charge. Will be sure to call him again if we need an appliance repair.
Chris D.
Showed up on time and got me taken care of, would def recommend Nick for other Appliance repair jobs
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Kathryn M.
I was very impressed with Nick’s response time, he was very professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Nick’s Appliance Repair.
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Doug A.
Arrived on time. Professional and explained everything about our refrigerator repairs. Answered all my questions. Very happy to have our fridge working properly again! Will call if we need any appliances repaired! Thanks Bob
Ken B.
Rob is a true professional. He explained everything clearly as he progressed through the microwave repair, including the potential costs. There were no surprises with regard to the level of effort or possible issues. When I need another appliance repair, he will be the first person that I will call.
Michelle C.
Rob responded right away and was able to come out same-day to take a look at our refrigerator. He was knowledgeable and upfront about costs and the best course of action. We will definitely call Rob for future appliance repair needs!
Anne G.
Andy confirmed the appointment, and was in touch before he arrived. Andy arrived on time and was wearing a mask. He was very helpful and immediately determined my problem with the dryer. In addition to solving my problem, he took the time to clean the dryer of all the lint that may have gathered. I will definitely use Andy's Repairs whenever I need appliance repairs in the future.
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Bud H.
Needed a refrigerator repaired as it was not cooking . Called 6 different repair companies only 1 kept his appointment ,the rest said they would do the work and then called off till next week. Oliver came on time same day and fixed the issue at a reasonable cost and excellent quality. will call them every time we have an appliance go down....Well done🤩👍
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Richard H.
Dustin gave me a heads up when he was arriving. He listened to my assessment and wasted no time to see what the problem was. He was very professional and provided me with his diagnosis. I would certainly use and recommend him for any future appliance repairs.
Anastasia K.
Rob was very professional. Arrived promptly and worked efficiently to get the repair done. He also took time to explain some preventative maintenance for the dryer vent to ensure best performance of my appliance in the future. I will definitely recommend his services to anyone in need of a quality service.
Sandra M.
Wonderful. What a pleasure to work with a repair person whose first response is NOT “it’s not worth fixing”. He looked up my model # and told me the ice maker had a defect and he could change it out for no charge because it was guaranteed by Samsung. I would recommend JJ Appliance for all your Samsung repairs. In addition, he can get the parts relatively quickly … a rare occurrence in times like these!
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Randi H.
I wish the site would let me add the other 2 items of "value" and "punctuality" because Mohamed is all that and more! He is very knowledgeable, experienced, kind, a pleasure to work with, and very reasonably priced. I would not call on anyone else for appliance repair or any other service that Mohamed offers!
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Nicole C.
If I could have selected all of the options, I would have! Dustin was prompt, responsive, professional, and great value for his high quality work. He replaced the heating element on my Samsung dryer in under 30 minutes and was great to work with. I’ll hire him for all my appliance repair projects moving forward. Do not hesitate to reach out to Dustin!
Chris T.
I was able to schedule Rob same day as I reported my work request on Thumbtack. Not only was Rob prompt and did everything we asked him to do, he even corrected problems that other appliance repair specialists had made in earlier attempts to fix my dryer. If you need quality and affordable service, do yourself a favor and contact Rob. You won't be disappointed!
Steve S.
I contacted Rob to set up an appt. this morning about 11:30 AM to diagnose my Samsung refrigerator. He responded back within 10 minutes and arranged an appointment for later in the day. He is obviously knowledgeable as he diagnosed my problem within 15 minutes and had if repaired within 90 minutes. He was also able to diagnose an additional problem I was having with the ice maker on the same refrigerator. He was punctual, very responsive and performed the work cleanly and professionally. Will definitely use Rob in the future for all of my appliance repair needs.
Angela B.
Let me just say, Rob workmanship is top notch! He is professional and knows his stuff. I had him repair a dryer and dishwasher for me last year, and I haven't had an issue since. Most recently, my refrigerator stopped cooling after sitting in storage for the past nine months. I called Rob. He said that it sounded like the compressor, and that he could repair it. However parts and labor may run me $900-$1000. Instead, he told me to contact LG because the part/repair should be covered. I called LG and it was in fact covered! I just appreciate Rob's honest assessment and opinion. He did not try to take advantage of my lack of knowledge, and as a female, that does not always happen. If you are in need of a honest and HIGHLY qualified repairman, do yourself a favor... and a headache... contact Rob's Appliance Repair!
Juanita P.
Dustin was great! Worked quickly and thoroughly and was transparent regarding the cost and issue. My Samsung dryer is only 4 years old. He broke the dryer completely apart and showed me the problem and then went and picked up the part, informing me of how much it would cost before hand. He returned to repair the dryer quickly also sharing with me what he suspected caused the break. Dustin put the dryer back together and completed the job very neatly. I was home by myself and he was very professional yet friendly. I'll definitely use him again for any other appliance repairs I may have. Dryer now works as it had originally.
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