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If you have an appliance that suddenly needs repair, and you can see what part or parts are damaged or broken, you can cut your repair costs. You do not have to be an appliance diagnostician when the broken or damaged parts are fully visible. That said, here is how you can pare your appliance repair expenses way down.
Step One: Buy the Replacement Appliance Parts Direct
Most of the time there is a surcharge on appliance parts when you get them through your repair technician. The markup could be a little or a lot (either way, it is extra on your bill) depending on the repair company and where you live. (For example, living in the wilderness of Alaska is going to cost you quite a bit extra as the technician will probably add a shipping surcharge on top of his/her standard surcharge.)
However, if you order the parts yourself and you order them directly from either the manufacturer or from the store where you bought the appliance, you bypass these surcharges. All you need to do is check the damaged parts for part/model number and type that into the store's search engine. You may even find replacement appliance parts cheaper via online retailers.
Step Two: Remove the Damaged/Broken Parts Yourself
Short of removing anything electrical (which could be fatal), remove the damaged or broken parts yourself. Make sure all of the fasteners and connecting parts have been removed as well. This will save time and money in the form of labor costs, since the repair technician can skip this process.
Step Three: Schedule Repair Service in the Middle of the Week
Whenever possible, schedule repair service in the middle of the week. It is quite common for people to schedule service on a Monday or Friday because they have gone all weekend without using the appliance or they want to be sure the appliance is working again for the upcoming weekend. This creates a complicated work log for the technicians because they have to scramble to get all of these work orders complete.
Subsequently, some appliance repair stores will charge more for a Monday/Friday repair appointment than a Wednesday or Thursday appointment. As for Tuesday appointments, it all depends on how backed up from Monday the repair technician's work orders are. Additionally, do not schedule an appointment on the weekend unless it is an absolute emergency because you will almost always be charged extra for an appointment on the weekend.