You may have had a fan oven for years and never encountered any problems with it, but many people will be able to identify with me when I say just how inconvenient a faulty cooker can be and how important it to have it fixed as soon as possible.
It is not until you try living without a cooker for a few days that you realise just how much you tend to rely on your kitchen appliances functioning flawlessly day in and day out. Whether your oven is on the blink at this very moment, or you want to plan ahead for the day when it eventually goes wrong, the following list of tips may come in handy.
My Personal Tips on Selecting an Oven Repair Specialist
Let me start off by saying that I have nothing against trying to repair domestic appliances when appropriate but personally speaking, a fan oven is beyond my limited abilities in this regard.
If you are a qualified engineer or supremely confident in your ability to tackle major electrical appliance repairs, you may not need the following tips but I would advise against attempting to repair your own cooker unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to do so.
- Conduct an Online Search – Whilst some people may still prefer to thumb through a well-used copy of the local telephone directory, it is much easier to find local repair firms by searching online. The only problem with this approach is that you are unlikely to have any prior knowledge of the companies you find, but we address this issue in the next tip.
- Request Testimonials – If you are thinking about using the services of a local company but you have no idea whether they are reliable or not, you can always ask them to provide you with testimonials from previously satisfied customers. Alternatively, you can use a search engine to see if you can track down some online reviews of the company in question.
- Ask for Several Quotations – To make sure that you get value for money when using a local oven repair specialist, it is a good idea to request a quotation from several different companies. That way, you will find it easy to identify the most competitive service in your area.
- Be Demanding – If you want to find out how well a company treats its customers, be demanding when you first make contact. Ask for after-hours services, request a discount, insist on as much information as you can think of: in short, do whatever you can to be difficult and see how they react.
If you can find a local repair firm that accommodates all your demands, or at least explains politely why they cannot, charges reasonable prices, and has been favourably reviewed by other local residents, you may be on to a winner.
Just remember to take your time and to review everything you are told before making a final decision. Your oven is a very important tool!