Appliance Repair

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Appliance Maintenance project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Appliance Maintenance Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Appliance Maintenance investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Appliance Maintenance project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Appliance Maintenance - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Appliance Maintenance project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionCommon home appliance installtion, maintenance and service projects.
Project sizeAverage appliance service call
Material and labor cost$464 - $541
Do-it-yourself assessmentThis is not a project recommended for the do it yourselfer. A successful Appliance Maintenance requires the work of skilled trade contractors as well as special materials, tools, fabrication and installation techniques. Do it yourself mistakes may be expensive to remedy and will likely reduce the marketability and value of your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Appliance Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Appliance Maintenance project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingAppliance Maintenance projects can employ renewable resources and environmentally friendly construction materials. Efficient lighting, HVAC, insulation and appliance choices can significantly reduce the energy footprint of your home.

Appliance Maintenance - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Appliance Maintenance. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Appliance Maintenance project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Appliance Maintenance project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Appliance Maintenance project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Install Electric CooktopAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$372 - $673
Install Gas CooktopAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$782 - $1,432
Install Trash CompactorAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$478 - $872
Install RangeAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$564 - $1,031
Install Vent HoodAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$283 - $503
Install Washing MachineAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$399 - $726
Replace Washing MachineAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$399 - $726
Install RefrigeratorAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$854 - $1,568
Finish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.95 - $5.19 per square foot
Repair AppliancesAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 d$199 - $357
Repair DishwasherAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 d$199 - $357
Repair DryerAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 d$199 - $357
Repair RefrigeratorAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 d$199 - $357
Replace Built-In RefrigeratorAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1,934 - $3,565
Replace Trash CompactorAppliance Service and Repair Technician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$472 - $861
Install Waste DisposalPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$279 - $499
Install Ice MakerPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$195 - $342
Install DishwasherPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$467 - $849
Install Garbage DisposalPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$280 - $501

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Appliance Maintenance - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Appliance Maintenance project plan.

  • To keep Appliance Maintenance costs low and quality high, specify simple wall and ceiling transitions and use common surface finishes
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Perform major Appliance Maintenance work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • Identify and consider construction materials and components that will qualify for tax credits or utility company rebates
  • Consider eco friendly appliances with the Energy Star certification
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities

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