Repairing Countertop Appliances

Electrical appliances that are used frequently or become affected by home location risks will eventually have a part that breaks down and needs repair. If you would like to perform these repairs yourself you will need to determine what the problem is and what parts need to be replaced in order to get the job done. Before you assume your appliance is broken, check to see that you have not tripped a breaker that has shut off the plug. Once this common issue has been eliminated, unplug your appliance so you can work on it without the worry that you will be electrocuted.

Making Basic Repairs

The first thing to check when determining the cause of an appliance malfunction is the chord. Use a continuity tester to determine whether or not the chord is capable of conducting electricity. Check the cord for breaks or frays that might be causing a short. If you notice any breaks, frays or holes in the insulation of your chord it should be replaced as it can cause shocks or become a fire hazard.

If you appliance is showing electrical problems but the chord does not appear to be the cause you will need to open the appliance and inspect the power control. This may include the switch, thermostat or timing mechanism depending on the appliance and the role it plays in your cooking routine. The most common issue when an appliance is not working is the controller. Use the continuity tester to determine whether or not you can activate the controller. If you cannot activate the switch, thermostat or timing mechanism it will need to be replaced. Remove the controller and make note of the serial number on the device and contact the company you purchased the appliance from for a replacement.

You will need to be careful when purchasing replacement parts for your countertop appliance. If you put in a switch which takes higher amps than your appliance then you can damage the motor or overheat your heating coil which will destroy the machine. Take the time to investigate what model you are working with so you know what parts you will need to make repairs. If you are planning on purchasing parts from a local repair shop, bring in the damaged control so an employee can help you find a replacement that matches or at least runs on the same amp level as your appliance.

Once you have eliminated the controller and chord as possible causes for appliance failure you are left with more serious issues such as a failed motor or heating coil. It is possible to replace these parts if you are determined to save your piece, but you may be looking at heavy costs that may be as expensive as replacing the appliance. Before you attempt any repairs check the warranty on your device since most large pieces like the motor have more protection than chords or other easily damaged items. If your appliance is not very old you may be eligible for complimentary repairs.

When repairing countertop appliances it is important to do so in a way that keeps you save. Many appliances have blades or heating elements that can cause injury. Make sure your appliance is off and unplugged before you attempt to examine or disassemble any part of the machine. If your appliance was working a few moments earlier and it includes a heating element, give the appliance time to cool down before attempting to work with it so you do not burn yourself. Making repairs is hardly worth the effort if you injure yourself in the process.

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