In many ways, being a homeowner this day and age has been transformed by the rise of the home DIY movement, and this also includes refrigerator repair. It’s interesting because at one time, self-reliance was thought to be a general part of being a homeowner rather than an added bonus skill-set.
Now, because of the DIY push, peoples’ confidence in their ability to repair just about anything in their homes, including their refrigerator, is high, and that’s a good thing. The problem is that perhaps this confidence might be a bit too high.
The elevated confidence may put you in a situation where you dive deep into a repair that you’re not really ready to tackle. There are some DIY advocates that have spread the word regarding the way to tell if you should tackle a repair, essentially saying, “If it has bolts, screws, or accessible pieces, you can knock it out yourself.” The doctrine has spread, as seen with such cool spaces such as DIY auto garage spaces where you can use professional equipment & tools, but you make the repairs. They also have creative crafts hubs with available workshops for the aspiring “DIYer”.
Sure, the pieces may seem to make sense, and you can have a general idea may have of how the repair will go, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best decision to try to have a go yourself. Being armed with an apartment tool kit & online video instructions does not a repair person make. In fact, you may be causing more problems than the one you started with, and that can only mean one thing – spending even more money for repairs to cover what was wrong in the first place & the mess you may have caused.
People choose the DIY route because it supposed to save money. Depending on how big the repair and the scope of the repair, trying to do the work yourself may be the most cost-efficient way to get the job done. This is actually a good thing. You need to be able to do basic repairs in your home because that’s what a responsible homeowner does. But know your limits.
When it comes to deciding to tackle DIY projects, use common sense about that which with you feel comfortable. Cleaning condenser coils is simple enough. Replacing a worn door gasket should be relatively easy. Thawing out a drainage line is a piece of cake. The major point to take away from all of this is that you don’t try to do something beyond your comfort level, and even if it feels like a defeat, always be willing to call a professional to help get the job done.
DIY refrigerator repair may not be such a pipe dream. The key is understanding that sometimes a professional may be warranted, and calling a pro doesn’t make you weak – it makes you sensible.