Why Use Factory-Certified Technicians For Appliance Repair
When you need service on major household appliances, just call (713) 574-9799 or fill out a website form to set up a convenient service appointment.
When you request appliance repair in the Greater Houston area, how do you know that the service company you call will send qualified, experienced technicians to your home or business? As a new customer, the quickest way to find out is to ask if it is a factory-certified appliance repair company. This designation, awarded after personnel attend training provided by the manufacturer, should offer you confidence that your Sub-Zero refrigerator or your GE stove is in good hands. Houston Appliance Repair is certified by many popular appliance brands.
Why Is Factory Certification Important?
While all appliances of the same type have many things in common, individual brands offer different features that may require a unique approach to repairing them. Factory certification training, as provided locally, online, or at the factory, schools the technicians in the unique features of a line of appliances. This training is not a one-time event, and to maintain certification as a factory authorized center for warranty and non-warranty repair, personnel from the company must attend periodic hands-on training.
Specific brand knowledge is important regardless of brand, but especially so if you have high-end appliances such as Jenn Air, Sub-Zero, Wolf, or Kitchen Aid. While a competent service person might be able to provide an adequate repair on any brand of kitchen or laundry appliance, the more features it has and the more you have invested in your product, the less you want to risk inadequate repairs by a non-certified technician.
A New Day For Appliance Repair
In the world of appliances, the old adage “There is nothing new under the sun” does not apply. Modern refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, and most other household appliances are more high tech than ever. While the principles of what makes them work have not changed, most appliances have sophisticated electronic circuitry within that eliminates most DIY repair and even discourages many repair shops from tackling the job.
What To Expect From A Factory Certified Technician
For an appliance repair company, being factory-certified also means that the technicians are equipped to return the appliance to its original out-of-the-box state.
- They are experts in product maintenance, diagnostics, repair, and customer relations.
- They will use original or factory-approved parts.
- They can offer a comprehensive warranty on service and repairs.
- If they encounter a problem during repair, they have a direct line to the manufacturer.
- They offer competitive rates.
Get Factory-Certified Service From Houston Appliance Repair
With 25 years of serving Houston and the surrounding area with top quality service, we proudly maintain certification for ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Decor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Jenn Air, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Rover, Sears, Sub-Zero, Tappan, Thermidor, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, Wolf, and more.
This training allows us to provide you with accurate repairs. We stand behind our service and we aim to do the job right the first time we come out, which makes the best use of your time and ours. We want you to be satisfied with our friendly, competent, on-time service, often provided on the same day you call.
When you need service on major household appliances, just call (713) 574-9799 or fill out a website form to set up a convenient service appointment.
Are Extended Warranties Worth It On Household Appliances?
When you need warranty or non-warranty service, just call (713) 574-9799 or fill out a website form to set up a convenient service appointment.
No matter what appliance you buy, the retailer is likely to offer you an extended warranty. Should you shell out the extra money to buy it on your new range, washer, dryer, or refrigerator?
Are Extended Warranties Necessary?
Whether these warranties are worth their costs is a controversial topic in the appliance industry. Most appliances come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers parts and usually labor for a few months, a year, or longer. Buying an extended warranty, which starts immediately, can duplicate the protection you have with the manufacturer’s warranty. Only once the manufacturer’s warranty has expired does the extended warranty you are paying for take over.
Consumer Reports, the popular testing lab for consumer products, is very critical of extended warranties for adding to the cost of products without delivering value. While you may buy a product that is a lemon, most appliances do not break down during the warranty period. Many warranties have loopholes and exclusions built in that can leave you stranded when need repair. CR surveys suggest that you may have to wait longer for warranty repair and may be more dissatisfied with your repair than if you paid out-of-pocket.
Extended Warranties Can Reduce Your Out-of-Pocket Costs
Representatives from repair facilities may have a different opinion about the value of extended warranties. Having a warranty guarantees:
- That you will be able to access service from a factory-authorized service company
- That you will not have to pay for a service call
- That you may be spared paying out of pocket for most repairs
- That you can put off having to replace a costly washer, refrigerator, or stove at an inopportune time
- That you may be able to have the appliance inspected annually at no charge
Warranties are particularly important for today’s technologically-advanced appliances which often have computer boards controlling their operations. Whether the electronics malfunction or parts break down, the affected parts can cost $200-300. The newer energy-efficient machines have sensors and other parts with a high rate of repair. Even top-of-the-line Sub-Zero and Wolf products are sensitive enough to require regular service calls to keep them running right.
Appliance Cost May Dictate Whether You Buy A Warranty
Any time you buy a washer and dryer or kitchen appliance and an extended warranty is an option, you take a gamble when you do not buy the optional protection. You might be willing to take a chance on a $50 microwave that you would likely discard if it broke, but do you want to take the chance on a $2,500 refrigerator? For an expensive washer, dryer, range, refrigerator, or other big ticket item, buying the warranty upfront or by folding its cost into the amount financed is a smart investment.
Some repair professionals suggest that if an appliance costs more than $500, you should opt for the warranty. If you have questions about whether to buy a warranty on your next appliance, call us for a recommendation.
Let Houston Appliance Repair Serve You
With 25 years of serving Houston and the surrounding area with top quality service, Houston Appliance Repair proudly maintains ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Decor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Jenn Air, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Rover, Sears, Sub-Zero, Tappan, Thermidor, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, Wolf, and more.
Are you looking for a new dryer? Like most other appliances, dryers are available with many features that can increase the price, as well as your potential repair costs. To make sure that you find one with the features you need, do a little research before you hit the store to make your purchase.
What To Look For In A New Dryer
To purchase the best dryer for your needs, you will want to consider the following:
- Capacity: Dryer models are often evaluated based on how many towels they can hold in a load. A larger dryer can meet the laundry demands of a big family who may wash 24 bath towels per load, in contrast to very small models that might hold only seven or eight. Larger dryers may also be wider than other models. Make sure to measure your space and if necessary consider a stackable unit that you can pair with a front-loader washing machine. If you opt for a stackable model, make sure that your floor can support the weight, especially on a second-floor installation.
- Noise: Some dryer models tend to be noisier than others. If you have a washer located near bedrooms or the family room, make sure to look at rating charts from organizations such as Consumers Reports to find quieter models.
- High-efficiency drying: Many brands claim high efficiency, but any dryer with a moisture sensor will save energy and dry more efficiently by auto-detecting the moisture content versus a straight timed drying procedure. Energy Star ratings can be helpful in determining true efficiency.
- Auto drying settings: Rather than having to time your drying cycle, many units offer auto dry features that will leave your clothes on a range of less dry to more dry. Using the right setting can cut down on ironing.
- Steam drying features: Some brands offer features that use steam to lift out odors and smooth wrinkles. By taking your clothes out of the dryer at the right time, sprinkling them with water before ironing, or by re-tumbling wrinkled items with a damp towel, you can produce a similar effect.
- Extended tumble cycles: Rather than shutting off when your clothes are dry, models with this feature will periodically tumble your clothes to prevent them from becoming wrinkled for up to several hours.
- End of cycle signal: Most dryers have a repeating buzzer at the end of the cycle to let you know your drying cycle is finished.
- Price: Higher-priced dryers may have more electronics controlling more features, which can set you up for more repair costs and not provide value for the money.
- Brand: Specific models of particular brands may offer a particularly good value for your needs.
- Repair costs: Make sure to check product reviews and call the professionals at Houston Appliance Repair for insights on which units are the best. To save money, you may want to pair a more expensive washer with a more economical dryer with fewer features.
Houston Appliance Repair Can Repair Most Brands
Regardless of what brand you select, Houston Appliance Repair is a versatile company with 25 years of experience with a long list of brands, including LG, Bosch, Maytag, GE, Hotpoint, Dyson, Siemons, Samsung, Hoover, Hitachi, Kenmore, Frigidaire, Panasonic, Sharp, Amana, Admiral, Whirlpool, and most other major brands.
When you need an experienced company committed to same-day service for washer and dryer repair whenever possible, call (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
When you commit to an upscale kitchen remodel, you will want to add the best appliances you can afford. Based on reports from appliance repair companies, you can’t go wrong with Sub-Zero appliances. They are built to last for years – and the price reflects that! – but they are not immune to the need for repairs. In fact, you should find an appliance service you trust that offers factory-certified repair of Sub-Zero refrigerators and wine coolers, as well as cooktops, ranges, and ovens manufactured under the Wolf name.
Why You Might Want Sub-Zero And Wolf Appliances
Sub-Zero products are made to give a customized look to your kitchen. They work well with the newest kitchen trend to build in units behind cabinets, which gives a fresh, European look to your kitchen. If you don’t care for the wooden enclosures, you can also order the units with glass doors.
The units have no sides as they are built in and are sized to match the depth of your counters. Depending on the design of your kitchen, you can have a traditional unit that contains a freezer and refrigerator, a separate refrigerator or freezer under the counter, or even a wine cooler.
The complementary Wolf line includes built-in ovens, cooktops, and range tops, as well as complete ranges. In addition, the company also offers amenities such as microwaves, warming drawers, specialty modules, ventilation methods, outdoor grills, and even coffee systems.
A major remodel is the perfect time to add every convenience you ever wanted. SubZero can make your dreams come true. In return for your sizable investment, you get a great warranty that will keep your appliances trouble-free for years.
What You Need To Know About Sub-Zero And Wolf Warranties
Although the products are well made to last much longer than standard appliances, they may require professional installation, maintenance, and repair service because they are built in and not as accessible as the products used by most consumers. When you invest in a Sub-Zero refrigerator, you have the advantage of long manufacturer’s warranties and the option of purchasing extended warranties:
- Two-year TOTAL PRODUCT warranty (parts and labor).
- Five-year SEALED SYSTEM warranty (parts and labor).
- Sixth through twelfth year LIMITED SEALED SYSTEM warranty (sealed system parts only which including compressors, condensers, evaporators, filter-driers, heat exchangers, all tubing that carries the refrigerant).
For Wolf products, the warranty summary is:
- Two years total PRODUCT WARRANTY (parts and labor).
- Third through fifth year LIMITED PARTS WARRANTY including some electronic boards, electric heating elements, gas burners.
Why You Need Houston Appliance Service
As noted in our previous blog post Understanding Sub-Zero Appliance Repair In Houston, your new appliances may be subject to specific problems.
- Factory-certified technicians have completed rigid screening and training by Sub-Zero and Wolf.
- They are experts in installation, diagnostics, maintenance and repair.
- They have genuine replacement parts on hand and will only use genuine Sub-Zero and Wolf replacement parts on your appliances.
- They are committed to performing work not covered by warranty at competitive rates.
With 25 years of experience in working with Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances, Houston Appliance Repair knows how to keep your appliances running correctly. For Sub-Zero repair in Houston, call Houston Appliance Repair at (713) 574-9799.
In May 2016, the Houston area experienced two storms that flooded the city with 15 to 20 inches of rain each time, which put homes in danger of flood damage. Since this was the sixth major flood in Southeast Texas since May 2015, homeowners should think about the importance of protecting their washers, dryers, and other major appliances from water damage. Houston Appliance can recommend steps to take before a flood and can help you make sure your appliances are safe afterwards.
Prepare Your Appliances Before An Emergency
The best way to protect your washer and dryer is by installing them on a platform that can keep them above most water damage. Many manufacturers sell platforms for their brand of appliances that raise the equipment about 15 inches above the ground. The platform provides a storage drawer, while the height can protect your washer and dryer from damage from most storm. As commercially available platforms cost $300 or more each, you may even consider building one yourself.
Another way to protect your appliances is to have them located on the second floor. While installing plumbing and securing the floor can be costly, you can feel secure that your appliances will be protected. With your bedrooms upstairs, having the laundry on the same level adds convenience that many homeowners enjoy in any weather. While you are making this change, you might think about having your electrical box moved to higher ground as well.
Call Houston Appliance Repair After Water Damage
If your home has been flooded, you may wonder whether it is safe to use your appliances after the water recedes. Your appliances may seem safe to use, but you should have them checked out by a reputable appliance service company such as Houston Appliance Repair.
You should take the following steps for your safety:
- Disconnect the breaker that controls the appliance. Be careful about unplugging it unless you are sure the power is off, as there may be a shock hazard.
- If your power is off, unplug the appliances. Even if the power returns, do not plug in the appliance or turn it on until you have had a competent service person check it out.
- Have Houston Appliance Repair check out all the mechanical parts of the appliance and lubricate all door hinges, bearings, and other moving parts to prevent rust.
- Be prepared to have the motor reconditioned or replaced, along with the wiring.
- Be aware that if the appliance has experienced water damage, its life expectancy may be reduced.
- After servicing, sanitize your washer by running disinfectant through a 15-minute cycle followed by a hot water rinse and wipe down the dryer with a cloth dipped in disinfectant. Leave the dryer door open overnight to prevent rust formation.
Whether you have been a victim of a storm, your washer overflows, or your hoses come out of the drain, you should still follow these same procedures to make sure you are safe.
Your Houston Connection For Appliance Repair
If your home has been flooded, other appliances such as your refrigerator, freezer, stove, and dishwasher are also subject to water damage. Follow the procedures above and contact Houston Appliance Repair.
Stacking a washer and dryer is a popular way to save space, but what do you need to consider when you have stackables? Are there disadvantages when you need repairs? There are several things to think about before you adopt this solution for your laundry.
Maximizing Your Space
Stackable washers and dryers enable you to put your laundry machines into a small space, even a closet. When you buy appliances that are the same brand and model, the result can be a very sleek-looking unit. Some compact appliances are made to be stacked, but with the right hardware, it is possible to stack any appliances that meet certain criteria. For example, you need to have frontloading appliances and the dryer controls must be reachable.
By stacking appliances, you save square footage on the floor by using the space vertically. This means you lose the option to hang a storage cabinet above your laundry appliances and can’t fold clothes on top. In a small apartment or condo, you may have minimal floor space, which makes stackable units your only alternative, but when you have more room, you may want to consider whether having them side-by-side would give you more options.
Preventing Problems With Stackables
When you stack appliances, you concentrate a large amount of weight on your floor. For compact appliances, this may not be an issue, but if you stack full-size appliances, you may need the advice of a building contractor to verify that your floor can take the weight. If not, you may need the floor reinforced to accommodate heavy stacked appliances.
When stacking appliances, there is special hardware necessary to keep the dryer in place atop the washer Once in place, there can be considerable vibration when the washer spins that looks like it could make the dryer slide off the top. Manufacturers insist that violent shaking of the machine is not normal and could be the result of improper leveling, a weak floor, or failure to replace shipping bolts put in place by the manufacturer to protect the units during shipping. In some cases, placing anti-vibration pads can help the problem if there is no other cause.
Finding Houston Washer And Dryer Repair For Stackables
When it comes time to repair your laundry units, is having them stacked a problem? In comparison to having an all-in-one unit that contains a washer and dryer, having separate units affords you the ability to replace one appliance and not the other. Repairing them individually requires that the repairman unstack them to do the work. This can make the repair a two-man job that adds to your costs, but most repair companies prepare for working on stackable by bringing an air sled and an oven dolly that can move heavy appliances and remove stacked laundry items, built-in ovens, and other raised appliances.
Houston Appliance Repair, which serves the greater Houston area, is well-equipped to work on all brands of washers and dryers. We handle stackables with ease. Whether you need help installing your new laundry set or need your washer or dryer repaired, don’t hesitate to contact us at (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
While the average refrigerator may have a lifespan of eight years or less, Sub-Zero refrigerators can last for decades. They can experience problems, like any other appliance, but a combination of built-in reliability and regular repair and maintenance will help them live up to their potential. Unlike other double door refrigerators that might cost a couple thousand dollars, Sub-Zero models start over $7,000, which makes regular care necessary to protect your investment.
What’s Special About Sub-Zero
What makes this brand of refrigerator so pricey are its many built-in features that set it apart from other refrigerators.
- Dual compressors: Sub-Zero refrigerators have separate compressors for the refrigerator and the freezer which reduces the load on each compressor. The result is that foods in each area of the unit stay at the ideal temperature, better than is possible when one compressor controls both the freezer and the refrigerator. The result is less food loss. According to kitchen designer Mick deGuillio, “Fresh food lasts 40 to 50 percent longer in a Sub-Zero than other models and frozen for at least 200 to 300 percent longer.”
- Dedicated units: Most homeowners prefer combination refrigerator-freezers, but Sub Zero models are available in all-refrigerator or all-freezer models. In addition to the regular-sized units, you can even buy a modular refrigerator or freezer drawers that can be installed below cabinets for a truly custom setup.
- Patented air filtration system: Produce and other foods give off ethylene gas which can lead to spoiling, wilting, or discoloration. The filtration system in a Sub-Zero prevents this, while also removing bacteria, mold, and viruses and reducing odors.
- Better sealing on the doors: Heavy insulation, tight hinges, magnetic gaskets, and triple-pane glass on Crestor models keep food fresher by creating a vacuum that preserves the food.
- Microprocessor control system: Adding to the effects offered by the dual compressors, these refrigerators have microprocessor control to ensure optimum temperatures in each part of the unit. You can also adjust the lighting, adaptive defrost, and cooling fan and be notified if someone leaves the door or drawer open.
Keeping Your Sub-Zero Working Efficiently
To get the most from your refrigerator, it is important to make sure that you perform regular maintenance and quickly call for call for service when needed.
Keeping the compressors working correctly to achieve these impressive results requires keeping them clean. Unlike a normal refrigerator that has the compressors at the back, the Sub Zero has them mounted at the top or bottom of the unit for easier access. While most homeowners can manage this maintenance, you can have the cleaning done by a professional if you prefer.
The unique features of your Sub-Zero refrigerator make it crucial for repairs and any maintenance you cannot do to be performed by a competent service company that offers years of experience dealing with this brand of refrigerator. In the Houston area, the factory-certified technicians at Houston Appliance Repair have been repairing Sub-Zero products for a quarter of a century. For expert service, call us today at (713) 574-9799.
The microwave has become one of the most beloved and indispensable appliances in most kitchens, so when yours stops working, you want a quick remedy for the problem. Most problems with the microwave require that you call a repair company, as long as the original cost of the microwave makes repair costs worth it.
What Can Go Wrong With A Microwave
A malfunctioning microwave can show many symptoms from simple causes such as using metal utensils, allowing food spatters to build up, or a misaligned food tray. Assuming you’ve determined that none of these is the problem, you may have more serious issues:
- The oven does not work at all, which may be due to a blown fuse or a faulty door switch.
- The oven does not heat food, which can indicate a defective magnetron, capacitor, or diode.
- The turntable does not rotate, which may be the result of a worn out turntable drive or a defective tree motor.
- There are sparks inside the microwave, which may be due to a defective stirrer, broken fan motor or stirrer belt, or a shorted out high-voltage diode.
- The touchpad does not work at all or works intermittently, which may be due to water damage or infestation by insects.
- It makes strange noises, which may result from a defective magnetron, exhaust fan motor, or stirrer motor.
Deciding Whether To Repair Or Place Your Microwave
These days, it is possible to buy a good basic microwave for $100, with the average cost of higher powered models being another $100 or $200. Unless your microwave is still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, which would entitle you to service from a factory-authorized repair shop, you might cut your losses and go microwave shopping if your unit cost less than $150. The average life of the microwave is nine years or less.
When deciding whether microwave problems are worth fixing, you must factor in the cost of a service call. Replacing a touchpad can cost $50 or less, whereas replacing the magnetron, the part that converts voltage to radiofrequency energy that cooks the food, can cost into the hundreds. According to Angie’s List, the average cost its members paid for microwave repairs in 2013 was $133. If you are able to take your microwave to a repair center, you may pay less.
When Microwave Repair Definitely Pays Off
If you have a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, you probably did not purchase your microwave at a big box store, and you might have one with convection and other features that might price it into the thousands. Jenn Air, for example, has a microwave wall oven with a dual-fan convection system that retails for over $5,000, while offering countertop models that retail for over $700. In these cases, calling a repair company is worth your time and money in order to preserve your original investment.
Houston Appliance Repair is experienced in repairing all types of microwaves, including Jenn Air, Wolf, Subzero, Amana, Maytag, and more. If you have a problem with your microwave, contact us today at (713) 574-9799. We may be able to tell you, based on the age of your unit and its symptoms, whether it’s worth a service call. Then we’ll be right out, often on the same day, to get your microwave cooking again.
When your dryer is not working right, you either need to make a trip to the laundromat, which eats up your time, or let the clothes air dry, which may leave them feeling stiff. In this Internet age, you may be tempted to look online to find out how to fix it, but diagnosing and repairing dryer problems is usually a job for a professional.
What’s Wrong With Your Dryer?
Once you make sure that the machine is plugged in and that its breaker has not tripped, you should determine the specific symptoms before calling for dryer repair. Appliance repair technicians note nine common problems that customers often have:
- Won’t start
- Won’t tumble
- Won’t advance the timer
- Gets too hot
- Has no heat or not enough heat
- Takes too long to dry
- Won’t shut off
- Shuts off too soon
The solution to these problems may involve a relatively minor part, such as a fuse or may be a more major problem with the motor, heating element, portals, or thermostats. Whether the cause of your problem is minor or major, the result is the same for you: Your appliance does not work at all, or it does not work properly.
Diagnosing What’s Really Wrong
What symptoms are related to which part failure? The problem is that several parts can lead to a specific problem. For example, if the dryer does not start, the problem can be a bad or defective door switch or a blown thermal fuse. Fixing a door switch might be manageable for some handy homeowners, but when the thermal switch goes, that is usually the sign of a malfunctioning thermostat or a clogged vent. You may even have a problem with the heating element.
A bad fuse, thermostat, or heating element can lead to numerous problems on the list in addition to causing issues with starting. For example, they can lead to clothes getting too hot, taking too long to dry, or shutting off too soon. There are worn out bearings, seals, or belts that can cause problems with the tumbling action or make the machine noisy.
Having The Right Parts For Your Houston Dryer Repair
Figuring out the exact cause of a problem with the dryer is a matter of methodically eliminating potential causes, and then replacing the right part. For a do-it-yourselfer attempting to take care of things, the problem is either that you have to have several parts that you might or might not need on hand, or be prepared to make numerous trips to an appliance parts store. Even if you fix the problem, you may not have fixed it completely by not replacing related parts, which means that within a short duration of time, you may be faced with another breakdown or malfunction.
When you have a problem with your dryer, the quickest way to resolve your problem is by calling Houston Appliance Repair. With over 25 years of experience repairing state-of-the-art appliances, including dryers, we offer same-day service, free estimates with repair, and reasonable prices, and we come with a full array of parts to take care of the problem. We service all brands of appliances including JenAir, ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Sears, SubZero, Tappan, Thermador, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, and Wolf.
For dryer service, just call (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
If you are one of the growing group of Americans who wants a gourmet kitchen at your disposal, you are likely to opt for a high-end range with features you love. Modern stoves are not only sleeker, but offer many conveniences only found in restaurants a decade or two ago.
Features To Consider For The Range In Your Gourmet Kitchen
There are many features you might like for your stylish new range.
- One feature that is a carryover from times past is the double oven range. Depending on the model, you may have to consider the same size or a small and a large one. This arrangement allows you to not only cook Thanksgiving for crowd, but vary your use, according to your needs. Rather than relying on the microwave or countertop unit, you can get oven-baked goodness while heating up a smaller area for daily use.
- Modern versions of the double oven may include a convection oven that circulates hot air around the food instead of just relying on radiation. The convection process cooks food more quickly, so some models may even include a conversion panel that shows you how to alter your cooking time if you are cooking with the convection feature.
- If you prefer the baking consistency of an electric oven and a gas cooktop, a dual-fuel range can be your answer. This setup requires both a gas line and a 220 connection for electricity, a small inconvenience to have your meals come out the way you want them to.
- Smoothtop ranges have been available for decades, but new flattop induction ranges allow cooking that is up to 25% faster than on a regular electric smoothtop. The surface also stays cooler before and after cooking, which makes the range safer and easier to clean.
- Pro-style ranges, which may have additional burners, resemble the look of those used in restaurant kitchens. The features may vary greatly from professional models, and the warranties may also vary.
- Some cooks prefer slide-in ranges, which offers the look of a pro style model at a lower cost. Like pro-style models, slid- ins have controls on the front since there is no back panel. They may also have no side so that they fit between cabinets and have a cooktop that overlaps you counter. These ranges offer a stylish, more customized look.
Consider Your Appliance Repair Options When Buying High-End Stoves
Any of these options can make your stove the centerpiece of your gourmet kitchen as long as you want to pay the higher price for these features. What is also important is that you entrust their repair to a qualified appliance repair service. Working with these features and many other conveniences offered on modern ranges requires special expertise.
In the Houston area, whether you need warranty service or are seeking to repair an out-of-warranty range, Houston Appliance Repair offers the skills and experience you need for high-end models of brands such as JenAir, ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Sears, SubZero, Tappan, Thermador, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, and Wolf. With over 25 years of experience repairing state-of-the-art appliances, Houston Appliance Repair offers same-day service, free estimates with repair, and reasonable prices.
For service, just call (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
Faced with a broken refrigerator? A big question on your mind should be whether you should have your current one replaced or buy a new one. Refrigerator repair in Houston can be costly, but the cost pales in comparison with a new unit.
Gauging The Life Of Your Refrigerator
Refrigerators typically have a 10- to 20- year lifespan. Testing laboratory Consumer Reports recently published an eight-year timeline to help you decide whether to repair or replace your refrigerator. According to them:
- Bottom freezer models should be repaired during the first seven years and considered for repair after that.
- Top freezer models should be repaired within three years, considered for repair within 3 to 6 years, and replaced if seven years or older.
- Side-by-sides should be repaired within the first five years and considered for repair after that.
- Built-in refrigerators are almost always worth repairing
New Refrigerator Sticker-Shock
If you have a refrigerator more than 10 years old, buying a new refrigerator can bring a more energy-efficient model into your home, but be prepared for sticker shock. The cost will vary based on size, type, features, and brand. A nationwide appliance retailer that sells in Houston shows the following budget-busting statistics:
- Top freezer refrigerators start at $450 for a 10 cubic foot model and approach $1,800 for a 24 cubic foot model.
- Bottom freezer models, which start at $800 for 10 cubic foot model exceed $2000 for a 24 cubic foot model and even have a couple of KitchenAid choices that are over $8,000
- Side-by-side models start at nearly $1,000 for 22 cubic foot model in top $3,000 for many brands. French door models with a side-by-side refrigerator section with the freezer at the bottom range from $1,400 to over $9,000.
- Built-in models start in the $7,000-$10,000 range.
While having a shiny new refrigerator in your kitchen might be appealing, the cost of buying new makes calling for refrigerator repair services a good idea. Do the math, you will find that you can pay an appliance repair service many times before it makes sense to buy a new one.
Deciding On A New Model Or Houston Refrigerator Repair
Even good refrigerators get to the point where the repairs are so frequent and so costly that some appliance shopping might be in order. A trustworthy technician will give you an estimate on the cost of repairs so that you can decide your next step. Typically, you might want to start looking in these cases:
- Your refrigerator is over 10 years old.
- Food spoils quickly.
- The motor is running hot.
- You have excessive condensation, which indicates poor cooling.
- You build up excessive frost in the freezer.
- Your refrigerator runs continuously.
- You have a side-by-side model – this type tends to need replacement more frequently than many top or bottom- freezer models.
- You find a great deal on a new refrigerator.
Free Estimates With Repair Can Help You Decide
With over 25 years of experience in repairing state-of-the-art appliances, Houston Appliance Repair offers free estimates on refrigerators when we perform the work. We offer same-day service and reasonable prices on repair jobs for all brands of appliances including JenAir, ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Sears, SubZero, Tappan, Thermador, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, and Wolf.
For service, just call (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
Household appliances that used the last “forever” now seem to have a much shorter life. Consumers report this on small handheld appliances as well as on major ones. When a $30 mixer stops working two days after the warranty expires, you are likely to replace it, but when $1,000 refrigerator dies, you are likely to call for Houston appliance repair.
Planned Obsolescence In A Competitive World
Current appliance life is sometimes blamed on “planned obsolescence,” the reality that manufacturers might encourage replacement rather than repairs to keep their sales figures high. While most companies value their reputation for reliability, they benefit when you need to replace their products. Blaming declining quality on corporate greed is a bit too simple, however, as there is more to the story.
To meet the demand for low prices and to stay competitive with products made off shore, companies have often opted for the most economical production methods and materials, sometimes at the cost of quality. They may skimp on design, engineering, manufacturing, and testing to keep the cheaper products on the shelves.
To some extent, consumers are to blame for the decline of quality. Modern shoppers love bargains. Regardless of their income level, they expect low prices and shop online and at brick-and-mortar discount stores to get the lowest price. Most people are unwilling to pay for quality beyond a certain point. There are many times when a product of lesser quality will do the job just fine.
More Features, Higher Repair Costs
Even as quality has gone down, manufacturers try to meet customer demand for more features and functions. Whether you are talking about refrigerators, dishwashers, or washers and dryers, many appliances have more features and cycles on them, which can cause trouble if they break down. Companies have built customer demand for features such as automatic icemakers and beverage delivery systems on refrigerators, or more extensive temperature and water level cycle from washers and dishwashers, and consumers enjoy these extras (especially if the price is right.)
Ironically, regardless of what happens with appliance prices, the cost of repair gets higher. Repair shops who fairly pay their technicians for their skills, often charge service fees for someone to come out and diagnose a product. Fixing fancy electronic features is time-consuming and requires repair personnel with extensive training and skills. By the time the cost of parts and additional labor come into play, a customer may be charged a couple of hundred dollars for a repair visit, which causes some people to opt for a new product, rather than repairing an old one.
Shopping For Reliability To Reduce Appliance Repairs
When you’re talking about major appliances, replacement costs are too much for customers to get a new stove or refrigerator every time there is a need for a repair. The best approach for a consumer who wants to avoid high repair costs is to shop based on reliability, rather than price.
Every type of appliance has some top-of-the-line brands that are priced outside the realm of most consumers. But quality does not necessarily mean buying the most expensive product on the showroom floor. What it does mean, though, is looking for signs of reliability. How can you do this?
- Look for ratings in services such as Consumer Reports, which tests models of products made by various manufacturers.
- Read consumer reviews on sites such as Yelp or on websites such as Amazon.com.
- Talk to a reliable appliance repair service. Most repair companies who deal with various brands have a good sense of which are reliable, based on their track record in fixing them.
Your Houston Answer For Appliance Repair
In the Houston area, Houston Appliance Repair, with 25 years of experience in repairing appliances, can offer you helpful insights about what to consider when buying new appliances. When we come out to do a repair, we give you a free estimate when we perform the repair, along with an honest assessment of whether you should consider replacing your appliance. We work on all brands of appliances including JenAir, ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Sears, SubZero, Tappan, Thermador, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, and Wolf, so we know how brands perform.
For service, just call (713) 574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.
When you own a top-of-the-line Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine storage cooler, or undercounter refrigerator – or its companion products, Wolf Ranges – you expect minimal repairs. The products are professional grade appliances, priced considerably higher than appliances used in most homes to create beautiful custom installations. While they are considered very reliable, they can develop problems that make it worthwhile to have a company on call for Sub-Zero appliance repair in Houston.
What’s Different About Sub-Zero?
The company positions itself as the “Food Preservation Specialist,” as its claim to fame is that it operates at the optimum temperature to keep food safe, while offering dual refrigeration technology with separate compressors for the refrigerator and freezer. The refrigerator units are built-ins, rather than being free-standing models with finished sides – styling that works well for hiding the refrigerator behind kitchen door cabinets that match the rest of the kitchen. So that it does not exceed the depth of the other kitchen cabinets, Sub-Zero refrigerators are usually wider than normal to compensate for their shallowness.
Why You Might Need Sub-Zero Appliance Repair
Since a Sub-Zero unit has features that are different from a typical refrigerator, you need repair and maintenance by an experienced factory-authorized Sub-Zero repair company. Even having the coils professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months is a good idea to prevent blockages that can reduce the cooling ability.
Other problems that can arise can include:
- Water leaking inside the refrigerator, usually due to frozen lines, broken valves, cracked water lines, or clogged drain lines
- Loss of cooling in the refrigerator or freezer side. Since the two parts are separate, one non-operational part will not affect the other, but problems can be due to the frost timers, relays, fan motors, or compressors
- The bar that separates the refrigerator and freezer side gets hot or a warning light goes on even when the coils are clean, usually due to an issue with the coils
Reliable Sub-Zero Repair In Houston Protects Your Purchase
As the refrigerator offers many customizable features, there are many issues that can arise. However, the company itself is dedicated to providing impeccable customer service. They record your ownership in the database, even if you are not the original owner, so you can always learn your product’s service history. Should you have a problem that needs repair, you will find that your product has excellent factory warranties.
For Sub-Zero repair in Houston, call Houston Appliance Repair at (713) 574-9799.
If you have looked at new washing machines lately, you are probably taken aback at how much the market has changed over the last few years. Front loaders now lead top loaders, while machines with sinks and second washing compartments fight for your attention.
Front Loading Vs.Top Loading Machine
In 2000, top loaders dominated 45% of the washer market. According to sales tracking firm Traqline, their market share has since fallen to 29.5%, while front loaders have become the popular choice of today’s consumers.
Front loading machines have become popular because they reputedly clean better while being gentler on your clothes, as they have no agitator. They use as much as 40% less water and 165% less energy, which you will really notice on your power bill if you have an electric hot water heater. Since they have a wider array of high-end features available, you can easily over-spend upfront compared to what you will actually save in energy costs.
Offering a flat top, they can either be stacked with the dryer for a compact look or used as additional space for folding clothes or storing washing supplies. Their configuration makes it easy to load and unload since you do not have to reach to the bottom of the tub to extract clothes, as you do with a top loader. However, if you forget to add clothes to a load, you have to stop and partially drain the machine to prevent water spilling out.
In contrast, the tried-and-true top loaders cost less to buy but are more likely to break down, which increases their long-term ownership costs. They have fewer extra features but are not as energy-efficient. Because of the way the agitator works, they are harder on clothes.
Washer Repair Issues For Front Loaders
Despite their aesthetic appeal and promises of energy efficiency, they pose some specific problems:
The gasket around the door that keeps the unit sealed can become a haven for mold and mildew. This is not only smelly and unsightly but can make clothes smell moldy too. This problem has been the subject of lawsuits against manufacturers who have responded by selling cleaning products or installing a self-cleaning cycle in the machines to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew. Other problems reported include:
- Internal parts corrode easily and are expensive to repair
- Electronics malfunction
- Excessive shaking
- Door lock malfunctions
- Items become trapped between the inner and outer drums of the unit.
Although front loaders have posed problems for some owners, keeping the door open and wiping off the gasket solve the mold problem for many people. For many of the other problems that occur, having a good washer repair service company on hand can keep the unit running for many years.
Affordable Washer Repair In Houston
Houston Appliance Repair has over 25 years’ experience repairing state-of-the-art appliances, including front-loading washers. Promising same-day service, free estimates with repair, and reasonable prices, the company works on all brands of appliances including JenAir, ASKO, Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Sears, SubZero, Tappan, Thermador, Whirlpool, White Westinghouse, and Wolf.
For service, just call (713)574-9799 to set up a convenient service appointment.