10 Must-Have Tools for Appliance Repair



If you’re considering repairing your broken appliance on your own, be sure you have the proper tools for the job. 

While some repairs demand specific tools, many just require basic tools you might already own. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 tools every do-it-yourselfer should have.

  1. Screwdriver set. It doesn’t need to be a complete set, but make sure you at least have a slot and a Phillips screwdriver. If you want to get the job done quicker, consider buying a cordless drill/driver—you can find affordable models that work for small and large DIY projects.
  2. Nut driver set. It doesn’t need to be complete as long as you start with a ¼-inch and a 5/16-inch.
  3. Torx screwdriver set. This tool is particularly handy for newer appliances.
  4. Multimeter. A multimeter measures electrical properties and is essential for diagnosing electrical problems.
  5. Putty knife. Not just for spreading putty, this tool is very useful for scraping or prying.
  6. Needle-nose pliers. Perfect for gripping small pieces, needle-nosed pliers can also be used for bending or cutting wire.
  7. Channel-lock pliers. This versatile tool is great for gripping irregularly shaped objects and can be used in lieu of a wrench.
  8. Adjustable open-end wrench. Just as its name suggests, the jaw on the wrench is adjustable to accommodate various sizes of nuts and bolts.
  9. Work gloves. Even the simplest repairs can expose you to sharp edges or hot surfaces, so wear gloves to protect your hands.
  10. Safety goggles or glasses. Safety eyewear is a necessity for protecting your eyes from particles or chemicals during repairs.