The COVID-19 pandemic, among its many consequences, has led to an increased shortage of home appliances. Homeowners have been forced to opt for repairing their appliances as a result. In normal times such a situation would be a welcomed one; however, appliance repair professionals face limited replacement part supplies. The virus’s impact on global production lines and transportation prevents these items, many of which originate abroad, from getting to the US. Those that do sell out quickly or get directed to existing back-order requests.
Despite these circumstances, technicians still possess a resource to complete jobs and keep their customers happy: appliance circuit board repair. The following article provides appliance repair pros with an overview of these services and solutions.
What is Appliance Circuit Board Repair and Why It’s Booming?
Circuit boards are composed of electrical or electronic components on an insulated material, which controls the different features in a device. Inside appliances, the parts regulate functions like temperature, displays, and lights. Newer models, in particular, consist of intricate electronic set-ups meaning that when issues arise they require immediate attention.
In 2020, a national appliance part shortage encourages homeowners to ask for appliance parts to be repaired versus replaced. Circuit boards, specifically, are one of the most requested repairs we’ve been hearing pros identify as being in high demand by customers. The situation continues today at an ever increasing rate. A few years ago we rarely shipped out computer boards for repair but now it is a frequent occurrence.
Below we outline how to identify if a circuit board is failing or broken, as well as a source who can help with these repairs.
How to Identify a Broken Circuit Board
Signs of a Failing or Dead Appliance Circuit Board
Although each type of appliance and its brand may offer varying warning signs, here are some of the most common ones appliance repair techs see.
Ovens and Ranges:
- An error code may be displayed; however, this code does not specify the exact issue. Electric ovens often seem like they are working but will not heat up.
- Many homeowners initially report a burning odor or a warm fridge. Techs can confirm this from error codes displays or visible burns on the board.
Washers and Dryers:
- Similar to refrigerators, homeowners often mention a burning odor to appliance repair professionals to tip them off about a faulty board. Additionally, a dryer’s failure to produce heat could be another symptom to investigate further.
Possible Causes of Circuit Board Failure
- A heavy circuit that overloads the system
- An appliance that is overworked and not regularly maintained
- Heat sensitivity (ovens, ranges, dryers)
- Compressor heat and improper venting can cook the board (refrigerators)
Circuit Board Repair: When It’s a Good Idea and How Much to Charge for This Service
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