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We all tend to take our appliances for granted until they stop working – especially when it comes to something as essential as our refrigerator or washing machine. When looked after correctly, your appliances can last between 10 and 20 years, depending on the appliance and the usage. The more proactive you are about keeping an eye on your appliances, the longer they will last and the less likely they will break down at an inconvenient time. Here are six warning signs that indicate your appliances need repairing:
Excessive or strange noises
Any appliance over 10 years old is likely to start making strange noises – but these noises might also indicate a more severe issue at hand. If you start hearing strange noises coming from inside your appliances, you should investigate what is causing them as soon as possible. Appliance noises are often a sign that parts are worn out, or something is wrong with the motor. The more frequently you hear noises, the more likely your appliance will likely need repair. You should also be on the lookout for abnormal sounds – such as clicking or grinding, that doesn’t appear to be related to any typical running functions of your appliance. A humming sound is also an indication that something is wrong. Humming is often caused by excess motor or internal parts vibration. For example, a noisy refrigerator usually indicates that the fan may be broken or that the cooling system is clogged with dust – while a noisy washing machine often means that the bearings have developed a fault or the device needs oiling.
If you notice water leaking from your washing machine, it could be a sign that the water level sensor is broken or the water pump is shot. If you see a leak from your dishwasher or your hot water spigot, it could be a sign that the seals are worn out and need to be replaced, or if it is your fridge that is leaking, it could be something as simple as a drainage channel is blocked and needs cleaning. While you can sometimes fix these issues, such as looking into why your washing machine won’t drain or why there is water leaking from front-loading machines, it can be better to ask a professional to look into this for you to avoid further damage to the machine.
Increased energy usage
If your appliances use more energy than they used to, it could signify that they are wearing out. More energy usage is often the result of older devices and is less energy efficient than newer models. While it is generally expected that appliances will use more power as they age, if you notice a dramatic increase, there is likely a serious problem inside your device that will require professional attention.
Appliances are hot to the touch.
If your appliances are hot to the touch, it could indicate that the thermostat is faulty or the heating element needs to be repaired or replaced. While many devices are designed to be hot when used, for those heating up excessively in between uses or more than they usually do, this can signify that something needs to be checked out to avoid an electrical fire.
You’re experiencing electrical issues.
Suppose your appliances are running as usual but experiencing electrical issues, such as frequently blown fuses or a tripped circuit breaker. In that case, it could be a sign that the appliance’s wiring is faulty. If you also notice that your devices are using more energy than usual, this could indicate that they need to be checked out to ensure they are working correctly. Avoid a dangerous situation by getting the appliance and even your wiring inspected right away.
The appliance won’t turn on.
If the appliance doesn’t turn on, you must get it looked at immediately. If you notice that the appliance’s display is flashing or the light inside the fridge is not coming on, this could signify that the device needs to be replaced. While it could just be a simple fix, like a tripped circuit breaker or a loose wire, or it could be a sign that the appliance is worn out and needs serious repair.
Hopefully, these six warning signs will help you catch any appliance issues before they become significant. When you notice any of these signs, it’s best to get the appliance looked at and repaired as soon as possible to save yourself from the inconvenience and cost of a repair bill later.