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The Real Savings of DIY Appliance Repair

How much money do you really save repairing your home appliances yourself? RepairClinic.com has done the math for you … and you may never call an appliance repairman (or repair woman) again!

Let’s say you’re having a really bad year and you’ve had problems with your refrigerator, oven/stove/range, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. We’ve broken down the average cost of a repair technician versus fixing the appliances yourself. Keep in mind, these are estimates, costs in your area may differ.

Refrigerator

One of the more common refrigerator repairs needed is replacing the ice maker. Here’s the cost difference between getting it fixed by a repair person and fixing it yourself:

Repair Person
Labor:
Most places charge you $70-$80 just to show up – often known as their trip or diagnosis fee. Then there’s the hourly rate, which ranges from $70-$100 per hour.
Parts: You’ll be paying a markup on your new ice maker, probably around 30%, so expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $250, depending on your model.
Total Cost: $240-$430
(Assuming it takes one hour of labor.)

DIY Repair
Labor: We know, time is money, but we’re going to say $0.
Parts: Ice makers on RepairClinic.com range from around $75-$200, plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost: $75-$200, depending on your model.


The difference? You’ll save $160 to $170 fixing it yourself 

 

Oven/Stove/Range

For electric ovens, replacing the bake element is usually the most needed repair. If your oven is gas, the ignitor is the most common part to fail.

Repair Person
Labor:
Again, expect to be charged $70-$80 for a trip or diagnosis fee. Add in the $70-$100 per hour.
Parts: You’ll be paying a markup on a new bake element or ignitor (35%). Either part will run you about $50-$200.
Total Cost: Plan on spending $180-$380 to replace either part.
(Assuming it takes one hour of labor.)

DIY Repair
Labor: Again, $0.
Parts: Bake elements and ignitors on RepairClinic.com range from around $30-$150 (depending on your model), plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost: $37-$160

The difference? Savings of around $140 to $220 if you fix it.

 

 

Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is on the fritz, more often than not the problem could be the water inlet valve.

Repair Person
Labor:
Start with the $70-$80 for a trip or diagnosis fee and then expect to pay $80-$100 per hour.
Parts: The markup on a water inlet valve is usually about 50%, so a new one could cost from $30 to $65 (depending on the model).
Total Cost: Getting a new water valve inlet installed should run you anywhere from $180 to $250.
(Assuming it takes one hour of labor.)

DIY Repair
Labor: Yep, $0.
Parts: Water inlet valves range from $20-$50 on our website, plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost: $27-$60

The difference? We’re talking $153 to $190 in savings.

 

Washing Machine

A damaged or broken drive belt is one of the more common parts that needs to be replaced on a washing machine.

Repair Person

Labor: You’ll to be charged for that $70-$80 trip or diagnosis fee. Plus the $70-$100 per hour.
Parts: Drive belts are usually marked up about 40%, so a new one could cost from $15 to $65 (depending on the model).
Total Cost: To get a new drive belt installed, it’ll cost you about $160 to $250.
(Assuming it takes one hour of labor.)

DIY Repair
Labor: $0
Parts: A new drive belt on RepairClinic.com will cost about $10-$50, plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost: $17-$60

The difference? $143 to $190 more in your wallet. 

 

 

Dryer

There’s no doubt about it, the thermal fuse is the most replaced item on a dryer. (Hint: clean the lint out of your filter before or after every load and from your venting every six months to help prevent this problem!)

Repair Person

Labor: Start off with the $70-$80 trip or diagnosis fee and the $70-$100 hourly rate. 
Parts: A thermal fuse will probably be marked up 50%, so it’ll cost around $10-$60 (depending on the model).
Total Cost: The final tally for a new thermal fuse to be installed will range from $150-$240. (Assuming it takes one hour of labor.)

DIY Repair
Labor:
Free
Parts: RepairClinic.com has thermal fuses that range from $10-$45, plus $7-$10 shipping.
Total Cost: $17-$55

The difference? You’ll save $130 to $185.

 

 

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