So often, when we think about having a broken appliance fixed, we frame the problem in terms of convenience: malfunctioning dryers make us hang dry the laundry or spend the time and effort visiting the laundromat across town; inoperative ovens mean the cost of takeout or frozen meals; faulty dishwashers lead to hours spent hand washing plates and pots. But the truth is, when one of your household appliances is acting up, it isn’t just an issue of convenience. In many cases, it can also be a matter of safety.
Some appliance malfunctions can be perfectly benign stove and oven repair pasadena. Others can put your family and your home at risk. For the average homeowner or amateur, telling the difference can be difficult, so as a rule of thumb, you’ll always want to call a professional appliance repair company if you suspect your stove, dryer, or other household appliance is creating a danger in your home. The following are just some of the many ways in which appliances that are on the fritz can be dangerous:
The National Fire Data Center reports that in 2007 approximately 15,600 house fires were started by clothes dryers. The majority of these fires can be attributed to dryer vents clogged with lint. Incidentally, one of the most noticeable signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned is decreased drying ability. If clothes are coming out of the dryer damp after a normal timed cycle, if the “more dry” setting results in your dryer running longer and longer to handle the same volume of clothes, or if you’ve noticed that your dryer just doesn’t seem to be working efficiently, stop using your dryer right away. The problem may not end up being a blocked vent, but you won’t know for sure until after you’ve called for dryer appliance repairs. The risk of fire–and its danger to your home and your family–just isn’t worth it.
Ovens, Stoves, and Cooktops
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking appliances are the leading cause of both home fires and home fire injuries in this country. While many of these fires are started as a result of unattended cooking or flammable objects left on a hot surface, others can be caused by malfunctioning appliances themselves. Stoves and ovens that are deteriorated or damaged can heat up on the outside, spark, and even heat uncontrollably. Any one of these behaviors could result in burns as well as fire hazards, so if your cooking appliance is acting up, be sure to call for oven repair ASAP.
And of course, with any gas appliance, there is always the chance that a leak may be the problem. Gas leaks are obviously extremely dangerous, and attempting DIY gas dryer repair or oven service tends to create additional issues, so any time a performance flaw crops up with a gas appliance, your best bet is to call in an appliance repair technician for immediate service. This keeps any health and safety hazards to an absolute minimum.