The Appliance Guy – Joe Corrado discusses common issues that cause appliances to stop working and the cost.
A good rule of thumb - If the repair costs more than half of the replacement price than it’s not worth fixing. If it costs less than half, it’s probably worth saving, i.e. if it’s going to cost you $1000 to replace your appliance and repairing it will cost less than $500, fixing it may be the better option.
Common Appliance Problems:
1) Top Load Washer – doesn’t spin
- Belt is gone, needs replacing
- Coupling (connection between motor and transmission), worn -out/broken
- Lid switch not working
- Replacing these parts individually costs $120 – $170
2) Front Load Washer – doesn’t drain
- Pump full of debris – clean out costs $100 – $120
- Pump needs replacing – $120 – $200 (depending on the pump)
3) Gas Range – oven not heating
- Burner needs cleaning or igniter needs replacing – $100 – $230
- Important: if you turn the oven on and smell gas, it becomes a safety issue and you need to call for service
4) Dishwasher – not cleaning dishes properly
- Needs to be cleaned - $100 – $120
- Replacing chopper (most common) or other part – $120 – $145
Baydoun Appliances – Mark Baydoun – Just bought a snazzy new gas range? Why you should hire a professional installer to make sure the installation is done right…
For a Professional Installation…
1) Hire a licensed tech – they know about the governing codes surrounding electricity, plumbing and gas and will prevent mistakes which can cause fire, flooding and gas leaks during the installation process.
2) Avoid DIY or hiring a general handyman – most calls Baydoun receives are for jobs gone wrong where either the appliance itself has sustained damage or the area around it has.
3) Any built in appliance (fridge, dishwasher, microwave, wall oven) must be installed by a professional.
4) Commercial Liability Insurance – a professional carries this and it will protect you in the event of fire, flooding or other damage to your house.
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Costs of Appliance Repairs
The average costs of appliance repair in Canada according to our data is about $300. This is significantly cheaper than buying a new appliance, so if you can fix your machine, just do it. Save the waste from the landfill, and save your dollars for something way more fun.
A typical dishwasher repair averages $210, whereas simple issues run closer to $100. Seems like a lot of folks just need to clean the trap to get their dishwasher back in business. Considering the average cost of a new dishwasher installation averages $150, calling a professional and getting a repair is well worth the fee.
A washing machine repair averages slightly higher at around $250, but can reach as high as $500+. It’s always going to depend on what’s broken and how old the machine is, but a good appliance repair person will let you know the pros and cons of fix vs. buy. Just make sure you read the reviews and find a repairperson you can trust.
Fridge repair costs are a bit all over the map. We calculated an average cost of $195, but it’s not uncommon to see a fridge repair cost as much as $400 or as little as 90 bucks.
One may be able to figure out how to clean their dishwasher trap, but a stove repair is really one of those things you should call a professional in for. Pretty tight prices reported across Canada overall. The average cost is $220 to get the stove back up and running and there seems to be little variance.