Appliances are essential for everyday household tasks, and they can be expensive investments, so it’s important to make sure your appliances stay in great condition for as long as possible. Unfortunately, everyday use and normal wear and tear can take a toll on appliances and lead to all kinds of issues that are expensive to fix. One of the most common problems with appliances is wiring malfunctions. Keep reading to learn more about appliance wiring and how to replace appliance cords.
Tips for replacing appliance wiring and cords
Lots of people opt to attempt DIY appliance cord replacement to save the cost of hiring a professional. Sometimes, these projects are simple enough that it’s possible to complete them without any professional assistance, but it’s very important to keep in mind that working with electrical wiring can be dangerous. If you want to attempt to replace appliance wiring on your own, here is a step-by-step guide to help you address issues with appliance wiring and restore the functionality of your home appliances:
• Find replacement parts: The first step in replacing appliance wiring is to find the right replacement parts. Make sure that the replacement cord is of the same type and gauge as the old cord. If you have an older appliance that’s no longer manufactured, you may have a more difficult time finding a replacement, so consider whether it’s worth it to replace the appliance entirely instead of hunting down a replacement part that may be very hard to find.
• Disconnect the old cord: Once you’ve found a replacement part for your appliance, remove the old cord using a pair of needle nose pliers. Depending on the type of appliance, you may need to remove a panel before you will be able to access and remove the old cord.
• Disconnect wiring connections: After removing the cord from the appliance, the appliance wiring connections will be visible. Take note of these connections so you know how to connect everything when attaching the new cord. Remove the old connections using a utility knife. After disconnecting the old connections, use a wire stripper to adjust each wire to make sure there’s at least half an inch of bare wire to complete connections.
• Connect the new wires: Once you’ve prepared the new appliance wiring for connection, carefully connect the wires according to the configuration of the old cord connections. If the old connections don’t seem to be compatible with the new connections, it’s possible you have the wrong replacement part. When in doubt, it’s best to stop working with electrical wiring and go to a professional for help to avoid damaging the appliance or creating any safety hazards.
Appliance wiring repairs
Make sure your appliances continue working effectively for years to come with electrical services from Walsh Electric. Since 1985, we have been proud to provide comprehensive electrical services to customers throughout the area. Our team has the experience and training necessary to identify wiring issues and restore appliance wiring to optimize performance, efficiency and safety. Find out more about our services and get professional help with appliance wiring repairs by reaching out to our team today.