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.
Screwdriver set. Make sure you at least have a slot and a Phillips screwdriver. Many appliances use Torx screws. Consider buying a cordless drill/driver and a screwdriver bit set with various sizes of Torx, slot and Phiilips driver bits so you can remove any type of screw.
Nut driver set. It's a good idea to have both metric and English sizes because some appliances use metric fasteners.
Wrench set. You'll need combination wrench sets in English and metric sizes. A socket wrench set also comes in handy for many repairs.
Adjustable open-end wrench. Just as its name suggests, the jaw on the wrench is adjustable to accommodate various sizes of nuts and bolts.
Multimeter. A multimeter measures electrical properties and is essential for diagnosing electrical problems. Our How to Use a Multimeter to Test Electrical Parts Video help you understand safe testing procedures when using a multimeter.
Pliers. Needle-nose pliers are perfect for gripping small pieces; they also can bend or cut wires. Use channel-lock pliers to loosen water hose fittings on washers and dishwashers. Standard pliers can help you easily release hose clamps.
Putty knife. Not just for spreading putty, this tool is very useful for scraping or prying..
Work gloves. Even the simplest repairs can expose you to sharp edges or hot surfaces, so wear work gloves to protect your hands.
Safety goggles or glasses. Safety eyewear is a necessity for protecting your eyes from particles or chemicals during repairs.
Thread-sealing tape. Use this thin, white tape on some threaded pipe fittings in appliances to prevent leaks.
If the trash compactor ram won’t return to the top position, replace the motor centrifugal switch by following the instructions in this repair guide.
The momentary start switch starts the motor when you lift the foot pedal. This repair guide shows how to replace the switch if it stops working
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