Appliance & Electronic Repair Safety
Before you begin any repair, make sure you fully understand the necessary steps and that you can safely and competently use the required tools. Only use replacement parts of the same size specifications and capacity as your original part.
Always have a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy in case of emergencies and make sure you know how to use both. If you are unsure about any step of the repair procedure, it is recommended you call an appliance repair technician for your own safety.
Individual Safety Precautions:
Make sure to pay close attention to any and all safety cautions and warnings posted on the appliance or consumer electronic being serviced. Understanding and adhering to these safety tips can greatly reduce the risk of personal injury.
We strongly suggest that before you begin to service any of your appliances that you strictly adhere to each of the following:
- Always wear gloves.
- Be sure to wear safety boots.
- Refrain from wearing loose clothing.
- Remember to remove any loose jewelry.
- Tie back long hair.
- Wear safety glasses.
- Use the correct tools and make sure they are in good condition.
- Keep your work area well lit.
Electrical Safety Precautions:
Before beginning any appliance or consumer electronic repair, make sure you turn off the power and completely unplug the appliance or electronic.
If in servicing your appliance a voltage test is required, reconnect the power supply only for the duration of the voltage test. Disconnect the power immediately following the test. When conducting a voltage test, make sure that no other conductive parts come into contact with any exposed current-carrying metal parts.
When you replace any parts, or are putting the appliance or electronic back together, always reinstall the wires to the correct terminals as per the wiring diagram. Inspect the wires closely to make sure they are not crossing any sharp areas, are pinched in any way, caught between panels, or in between any moving parts that can cause an electrical malfunction.
It is also important to keep these safety tips in mind:
- Make sure that each major appliance has its own grounded electrical circuit.
- Never use an extension cord to plug in your appliance.
- Ensure the electricity has been turned off before servicing any appliance or consumer electronic.
- Do not remove the ground wire from a three-prong power cord, or any other ground wires from the appliance.
- Do not perform any alterations to any appliance switches, components, or features.
- Before repairing any appliance, replace any damaged, pinched, or frayed wires.
- Make sure all electrical connections within the unit are correctly and securely connected.
Operating Safety Precautions:
Once you have repaired your appliance or electronic, do not operate it again until it has been properly reinstalled according to the manual's use and care instructions, and according to the manufacturer's instructions. Inspect any water valves or connections for leaks before you reconnect the power supply.
Follow these additional safety tips to prevent injuries:
- Do not permit children to play on or operate your appliances.
- Do not permit persons who are unfamiliar with the proper operation of your appliance to operate it.
- When disposing of an appliance, always remove all doors to guard against accidental entrapment and suffocation.
- Use your appliances only to complete the tasks they were designed to complete.