5 Specialty Tools For Home Appliance Repair

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When major appliances need small repairs or maintenance work, you might save money by doing the job yourself, provided you are adept at doing this type of work. If you are a do-it-yourself handyman, it's a good idea to have some basic and unusual specialty tools on hand for appliance repair. Some specialty tools are obvious, such as ratchet sets and standard pliers, but others are a bit more detailed and can help you do the job more efficiently. The following is a list of specialty tools that might help you out with your home appliance repairs:

1. A Multimeter or AC Voltage Detector Pen

If you need to measure the AC or DC electrical voltage of an appliance, you'll want to have this handy gadget available. A multimeter is often used by electricians, plumbers and appliance repair technicians, and it may be useful for the do-it-yourself repairman as well. In addition to measuring voltage of your appliances, the multimeter will also measure the current of electricity that flows through the appliance, as well as the resistance of your washer, dryer, dishwasher or refrigerator.

If you suspect a faulty switch or electrical part on one of your home appliances, the multimeter will help you determine if it is indeed malfunctioning. Keep in mind that it is generally easier for the home repairman to use a multimeter with a digital readout, rather than the analog models that displays a series of numbers that you will need to decipher.

If you prefer something compact and easy to use, consider buying an AC electrical voltage detector pen that easily fits in your pocket. A non-contact model will detect AC current of your appliance without the risk of metallic contact. Some pens have handy screwdriver tips for removing outlet covers.

2. Telescoping Magnetic Pick Up Tool

Have you ever removed a screw or bolt from a home appliance, only to have it fly off deep inside a small crevice of the unit? If screws, nuts or bolts become lodged inside a hard to reach chasm of your machine, you may easily be able to reach it with one of these specialty tools. Basically a magnetic pick-up tool is able to retrieve small, lightweight metal objects that are out of reach, and they are relatively inexpensive as well. The telescoping handle may extend several inches or feet and retract compactly when not in use. The pick-up weight capacity may vary.

3. Condenser Coil Cleaning Brush

While making minor repairs on your refrigerator, you may notice clogged condenser coils on the bottom or back of the unit. To clean them, you'll want to have a condenser coil cleaning brush on hand. You may find one at an appliance part store or home improvement center. In addition to the coils, the cleaning brush may also help you clean the condenser fan. This tool is also handy for cleaning dryer vents as well and it is narrow enough to fit into tight spaces.

4. Radiator Hose Clamping Pliers

Pinch off pliers are a necessary specialty tool for repairing washer and dryer (and refrigerator) pumps. It will pinch off the pump so water doesn't leak out through the unit onto the floor. This eliminates the need to drain the appliance. Look for pinch-off pliers with swiveling jaws for easy maneuverability, as well as an automatic locking ratchet.

5. Personal Safety Tools

These specialty tools for home appliance repair are sometimes overlooked by the do-it-yourself handyman. Using personal safety tools is as simple as wearing work gloves and protective goggles. Work gloves will protect your hands from sharp edges on appliances, while safety goggles help protect your eyes from debris or irritants as you work. Find these at any home improvement or hardware store.

For information on other specialty tools you might need for home repairs, contact a business like Bourget Bros Building Materials.

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