You may be handy with a screwdriver and hammer, but how confident are you when it comes to installing a dishwasher in your kitchen (and doing it right)? Appliances are important tools in a home and they aren’t cheap, either. It’s important to install them correctly to ensure that they have a long and useful life.
Once you know what to expect from a quality appliance installation service, you’ll know how to choose the best company to provide the services you need. Don’t make your life more complicated by trying to cut corners on appliance installation.
1.Assessing Your Needs
Not every appliance needs a professional installation, but many do. If you’re handy with power tools and feel comfortable with many home improvement projects, you be able to install some basic appliances such as a stove or a window air conditioner. On the other hand, a dishwasher, washing machine or garbage disposal might be over your head, requiring the services of an appliance installation company.
Some appliances will require professional assistance, simply due to their specialty nature. For example, refrigerators with water lines and icemakers, walk-in freezers, countertop stovetops, indoor grills, wall-mounted ovens, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and water heaters are examples of home appliances that should have professional installation to ensure that plumbing, electrical and gas systems work correctly. Installing these appliances on your own can be unsafe and may actually cause damage to your equipment, voiding any warranties entirely.
Before you hire an appliance installation service, spend time interviewing at least three different companies to ensure that you find one that fits your needs. Any company you consider should be willing to sit down with you to discuss your installation needs and answer your questions.
A good appliance installation service will have the experience and technical skills required to properly complete the installation. Ask any company you are considering about previous experience working with the specific appliance you want to install. It’s beneficial to find a company that specializes in your exact appliance because this indicates thorough knowledge and understanding of the product. They can also provide tips on how to maintain the equipment in order to prolong the life and functionality of the appliance.
Ask for references from any company you are considering. Once you have reference information, call each number to speak with former clients. Ask about the work performed by the company, the timeliness of the job, fees charged and overall satisfaction with the work performed.
To compare different companies, request detailed references from each one. Companies should provide you with estimates that include fees charged, services performed, timespan of the work and any guarantees provided by the company. Compare estimates carefully and ask questions if any information is unclear. A company should be willing to explain its estimate to make certain you understand the services provided and all fees included in the total price.
7.Why Some Fees Might Be Higher
Some appliance installation service companies might charge higher fees than other companies for several reasons. Factors that can result in higher fees include the type of appliance installed, installation of multiple appliances, an installation location that is troublesome to navigate or inaccessible, issues with electrical or plumbing systems that make the process difficult, additional services or modifications that the company must resolve prior to installation, and possible restrictions with building codes that make the job more challenging.
Ask an installation service about insurance held prior to hiring. A company should have liability insurance to protect you against property damage and loss from accidents during the installation. The company should also hold workman’s compensation insurance to cover injuries that might occur onsite during the job. If the company is uninsured, you could be liable for injuries and damages.
Some installation service companies provide customers with additional services, either at an extra charge or included with basic fees. These services can include removing existing appliances, in which case certain companies offer to haul-away old appliances that you no longer need on your behalf. If a company does not provide this service, you will need to dispose of the old equipment yourself, which could be expensive and difficult when handled without professional help.