Appliance Installation: DIY Versus Professional

Some appliances are a breeze to install. Others, not so much. So, when should you call in the experts? For the most part, determining the best course of action is straightforward. In almost all cases, whether a product can be self-installed hinges on whether it’s a small or major appliance.
Most small appliances don’t need professional installation. In most cases, the individual can simply plug in the device. On the other hand, major appliances may require professional installation to ensure the installation process is as smooth as possible.
However, some simply require the user to plug in the appliance. So, while typically larger and more cumbersome to move around, the process of actually getting some large appliances up and running should be easy.
This guide with help you determine when DIY installation makes sense and when professional installation is required.

DIY Installation and When to Call a Professional

Knowing when DIY installation is possible and when professional installation is required will ensure that your appliances are safely installed. The DIY process may also rely on technical knowledge and need tools. Alternatively, an appliance’s user manual may suffice in providing all of the necessary information needed for a DIY installation.
And finally, there are those appliances that require professionals. This includes appliances that use gas. Similarly, any major appliance that requires a degree of electrical wiring or plumbing as a part of its installation should warrant a call to a professional in most cases.

DIY Versus Professional Small Appliance Installation

A small appliance is any piece of portable electrical equipment. For example, some small appliances often found in kitchens include countertop microwaves and coffee makers. Other small appliances include vacuum cleaners, air purificators, and cooling fans.
In many cases, the task is straightforward. With that, it’s unlikely that you will need outside help. However, if you do need help, numerous options are available.
A local electrician, for example, should be able to advise accordingly. Alternatively, many manufacturers and retailers now offer various services designed to help in such instances. Often forming part of a broader service plan or similar agreement, buyers can typically inquire at the point of purchase if this is of interest.

DIY Versus Professional Major Appliance Installation

When addressing installation, major appliances are often more permanent fixtures and have more technical installation processes. Some lend themselves well to DIY installation, with the only major obstacle being their large size. Others will invariably require professional.
When installing a major appliance, you may need to call an expert. For example, range and wall ovens may require an electrician or a gas specialist as a part of their installation. Other appliances, such as wine coolers and built-in microwaves, may also require the assistance of a carpenter when integrated into a kitchen’s cabinetry.
Elsewhere, a new washer or dishwasher may very well require the help of a qualified plumber. Beyond that, the most significant obstacle in installing many major appliances comes down simply to their size and cumbersome nature. Quite often, installing a new freezer or refrigerator will be a two-person or three-person job.
However, where there’s any doubt about whether an appliance requires hired help versus a DIY installation, it’s vital to consult a professional for advice.

Appliance Warranties

Once installed, an extended warranty is a great way to protect any appliance. Warranty packages are available for almost all of today’s most popular appliances. Strictly in terms of extended warranties, the most common options include manufacturer warranties, retailer warranties, and those offered by third parties and other independent providers.
The best appliance warranties not only protect against manufacturer defects and mechanical gremlins, but also power faults, internal leaks, heating and cooling problems, drain issues, and more, all for up to five years.

Protect Your Appliances With Upsie

Upsie is a leading provider of comprehensive extended warranties for both small and major appliances. They offer a range of warranty options that cost up to 70 percent less than warranties from manufacturers or retailers.
In addition, all of Upsie’s warranties are comprehensive, affordable, and intuitive. Customers always have a choice of convenient local and in-home repair and replacement options. Best of all, with no deductibles on appliance warranty claims, parts and labor are covered in full for both three-year and five-year policies.
Customers can purchase Upsie warranties for major appliances purchased in the previous 11 months and small appliances purchased during the last 60 days.

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