Appliance Repair Safety Tips
When it comes to repairing electrical appliances, safety should always be prioritized. That’s because one mistake can lead to serious accidents that won’t only damage appliances but also put yourself at risk for personal damage. This is why appliance repair should be left to professional technicians who are trained and licensed. Because apart from knowing which tools and parts to use, they are also adept at protecting themselves while working.
So how do you protect yourself while doing appliance repair? In this blog, we will be discussing some basic safety measures that need to be done during appliance repair to prevent accidents and appliance damage.
Personal Safety Precautions
Before beginning any type of appliance repair, take a look at the warnings and safety precautions posted on the appliance. Apart from that, make sure to do the following:
- Work in a well-lit area
- Keep your hair out of the way
- Wear safety boots and gloves
- Remove or don’t wear loose jewelry
- Use safety glasses
- Keep your tools in good condition and use the right ones
Electrical Safety Precautions
The first thing you need to do is turn off the power and completely unplug the appliance. If you are to replace any parts, make sure to reinstall the wires to the correct terminals according to the wiring diagram. Ensure that the cables are not pinched in any way, crossing sharp edges, stuck between panels, or stuck between moving parts that may cause an electrical malfunction.
Apart from that, follow these tips:
- Before proceeding with repairs, replace frayed, damaged, or pinched wires.
- Ensure that the appliance has its own grounded electrical circuit.
- Double-check to make sure the electricity has been turned off.
- Do not use an extension cord to plug in the appliance.
- Do not remove ground wires from the appliance.
- Do not alter the appliance switches, features, or components.
Operating Safety Precautions
After repairs, do not operate the appliance again until it has been reinstalled properly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. For appliances that use water, inspect valves or other connections for leaks before reconnecting it to the power supply.
Follow these additional tips:
- Don’t let children use or play with your appliances.
- Only use your appliances for tasks they are designed for.
- Don’t let people who are unfamiliar with the proper operation of your appliance use it.
SOME ADDITIONAL APPLIANCE OPERATING TIPS
- Appliances that are used in damp areas such as the laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, garage, and outdoor spaces should be plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). This will prevent electrocution by tripping the circuit in case power flow imbalances are detected. Also, check the appliance manuals to see if they are not for outdoor use.
- Since water and electricity don’t mix, it goes without saying that you should keep all cords, electronics, and outlets away from water. If you use appliances outdoors, make sure to keep all the cords and outlets dry. You can use weatherproof electronics and GFCI outlets with water-tight gaskets to help with this.
- Don’t use extension cords as a permanent solution. That’s because they pose several risks, such as loose connections, that could cause sparks and start a fire. The appliance could also get damaged due to power fluctuations, or the wires could overheat and cause fires. If you have to use extension cords, choose one with the right gauge for the appliance you are planning to use.
- Don’t throw away the operating manual for any appliance you buy, and always read the instructions. Manuals are there for a reason, and that’s so you don’t inadvertently damage your appliance. You could also miss out on advanced features that you may not know about.
- Lastly, unplug small appliances when you’re not using them to prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
For safe and professional appliance repair, call us at ProStar Appliance Service. Our technicians are not only licensed and skilled, but they are also fully insured with property and personal damage insurances. So, you have nothing to worry about when working with us.