Make sure it’s really broken.
This might sound mind-numbingly simple, but are you certain that the appliance in question is truly broken? Or, is there a chance that something isn’t configured properly or plugged in correctly, and that oversight is causing the malfunction?
Before you start pouring over online recommendations and calculating a new budget, take the time to run though a quick checklist to eliminate any other issues that may be leading to the underlying problem.
First things first, check to make sure the appliance is plugged in.
Still not working?
Find your circuit breaker and make sure it’s turned on. It would be a shame to run out and buy a new blender or oven only to find out that a simple reset would have saved the day for free.
If the problem persists, make sure the equipment is on a level surface. If your flooring is suddenly uneven, it can cause some appliances to turn off automatically. Are the feet of your clothes dryer not all touching at the same points? If so, there’s a chance it’s tipping over slightly
and as a safety feature, it’s shut down.
Finally, clean all the vents or filters in your appliance as thoroughly as possible. Similar to how your smartphone won’t work as effectively (or at all) if there’s an overload of lint in the microphone or charging port, even a small amount of debris can wreak havoc in your appliance, and render it unworkable.
If you’ve run through all these scenarios and your appliance is still not turning on or working the way it should be, call the repairman if it’s within its usage lifetime.