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How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Shifted the Home Appliances Market

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses in all sectors is nothing short of drastic. However, things may be looking up for retailers and manufacturers who scan consumer trends and adapt. Industry reports show that the pandemic has helped the sale of all kinds of kitchen appliances skyrocket, for example.

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Appliances

Many of the appliances that are flying off shelves are those designed for cooking and cleaning, along with those that allow consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle, practice social distancing, and stay motivated in their health journeys. During the onset of the pandemic, consumers stocked up on frozen foods, disinfectant cleaners and supplies, and toilet paper. Slowly, they turned their attention to appliances.

From water purifiers to all kinds of countertop appliances, sales have soared 8% for just the initial week that ended March 14th, data shared by the NPD Group shows. In addition, a report from Coresight Research revealed that 64.5% of people said they were avoiding coffee shops, bars, and restaurants lately – and no eating out equals more people in the kitchen.

And that means more sales of small kitchen appliances.

Consumer Behavior Shifts and Appliance Purchases

A report by Euromonitor shows some long-term and short-term implications that lockdowns have had on buying patterns. Consumers were forced to rethink their priorities, shift consumption, and adopt new habits. Various reports also show that consumers are shopping online more and more for appliances as they practice social distancing.

As for larger home appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, dryers, and the like, the pandemic actually has influenced purchasing trends for some of those. For example, Do-It-Yourself projects have gained ground amidst stay-at-home orders, including decorating, cooking, sewing, and arts and crafts.

Large Appliances Aren’t Left Out of the Rush

Baking is reported to be one of the top kitchen hobbies that have increased – as was proven by a recent Nilsen report. In fact, the report showed that sales of yeast for baking were up 650% for the week that ended March 21, when compared to sales at the same time last year.

And where there’s more baking, there’s bound to be more appliances – and more appliance repairs.

The same can be said for the demand for refrigerators and freezers, which is a result of people buying in bulk and panic buying during the pandemic.

Absolute Appliances Repair

Whether you’ve just purchased a new appliance or you’ve still got your familiar, trusted old ones in your kitchen, be sure to call on Absolute Appliances Repair in San Francisco for any and all of your appliance repair needs. We serve all surrounding areas of the city too, including Larkspur, Novato, Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Marin County. Contact us today.

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Are Your Appliances Ready for Summer?

Summer is just about here, and that probably means that use of your kitchen will change a bit – maybe the refrigerator will be opened and closed more times each day as the kids grab snacks, and maybe your oven will be used less than it is during the colder winter months. In celebration of the arrival of summer, you may want to take some time to prepare your appliances for the season ahead, and that means taking a look at each one to see what kind of maintenance each might need.

Are your appliances ready for summer?

  • Your Refrigerator: Any time is a great time to do a deep cleaning of the fridge, but just before summer hits, you’ll want to make sure that it’s roomy and ready for fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and ingredients for meals on the grill. Wash drawers and shelves with warm, soapy water, and wash the walls with a food-safe natural cleaner. Throw out any old or questionable foods, and make sure the thermostat is set to keep everything crisp and fresh. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment with an appliance repair company in the San Francisco area to perform a quick lookover and tune-up on your refrigerator to keep any breakdowns to a minimum!

 

  • Your Cooktop and Oven: What better way to get your kitchen ready for summer than to get that stove and oven nice and clean? Use non-abrasive cleaners and soft sponges for the cooktop, and avoid using your oven’s self-cleaning feature; it may not work well and could result in broken oven parts. Instead, take some time to use your favorite oven cleaner and grime remover to ensure that your appliance is good to go this season. Should you discover that your stove or oven isn’t working right, contact us ASAP to get it working again before summer parties!

 

  • Your Garbage Disposal: Few things stink up a kitchen faster than the heat of summer combined with a full or dirty garbage disposal! Be sure you won’t run into any odor issues from your sink by taking a few minutes and giving the appliance a good cleaning. You can use deodorizers and cleaners that loosen grime in it, but don’t use things like coffee grounds, contrary to popular belief. Those grounds can get stuck in the mechanisms and break your disposal. Try lemon or orange wedges or rinds for a natural scent and natural cleaning power this summer.

 

  • Your Dishwasher: Even though a dishwasher is an appliance that you would expect to be somewhat self-cleaning, it does still require a bit of extra help from you to keep churning out dishes that are clean and sparkling. Check hoses and lines to make sure nothing is kinked, clogged, or cracked, and use a special dishwasher cleaning agent at the start of summer to get your appliance ready for the season. Should you discover anything amiss during your pre-summer inspection, don’t hesitate to call Absolute Appliances Repair for help.

 

Whether you have big plans for your home over the summer or you’re just planning on going about “life as usual”, should you need any appliance repairs in San Francisco or the surrounding area, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you make sure all your machines are functioning properly and efficiently to guarantee a great summer with your kitchen. Contact us today for all your appliance preventive maintenance needs, too. We provide a full one-year warranty on parts and labor!

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Must-Have Qualities of a Marin County Appliance Repair Company

There’s a lot that goes into hiring the right company for appliance repair in and around San Francisco – not all companies and professionals are the same. A great service provider is the foundation of a good repair! You should always know the cost of the service call before work begins, and companies that offer free estimates are a plus. You’ll want the repair work to last, so be sure to ask about guarantees on the work and warranties on any parts that were fixed or replaced, too.

As for the companies themselves, how do you know which ones are the best? You can look up reviews and customer testimonials all day long on the Internet, but there are some other excellent things to look for that will ensure that you hire the best provider for the work you need done:

  1. Availability

Most companies are going to be available during the day, following somewhat of a “bankers hours” schedule. This often clashes with those of us who work during those same daytime hours, though. The best companies will be available for emergencies 24/7, and many of them also have hours to some extent in the evenings and on the weekends. Look for a company with technicians who are able to accommodate your schedule – not the other way around.

 

  1. Licensure and Certifications

Any company in the Larkspur, Novato, or Mill Valley areas – or anywhere, for that matter – that is in the appliance repair business should always be licensed and certified to work in the state. No exceptions. Don’t let a tech tell you that the work you need doesn’t require licensure or certification, because it does. You need a company that abides by all federal and state laws who will do the job safely and correctly. You wouldn’t want someone without a medical license to perform your surgery, would you? Proper certification shows that your technician knows exactly what he or she is doing.

 

  1. Customer Priority

The way that a company and its technicians interact with customers speaks volumes about the quality of service they provide – and also about how much they actually care about their customers. For example, if you are investigating a company and they tell you they could arrive sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., it could force you to cancel plans, take an entire day off of work, and more. This provides a hint to the priority level at which they place customers and the amount of respect (or lack thereof) they have of customers’ time.

 

  1. Website Quality

This one may not seem to fit into the list at first, but read on. A company’s website speaks volumes about the quality of work they provide, the way they think of their customers, and the extent to which they’ll work to earn and keep business. A well-put together website that is informational and user-friendly shows that a company is committed to making a business relationship with customers as worthwhile as possible. A website put together with care often reflects the care they have for their customers. Look for licensure information, availability, FAQs, testimonials, a list of services and brands serviced, and contact information on a site that is easy to find.

The first step to great appliance repair service is a great service company! Take the time to search for the best qualities and features – you want and deserve the best, so contact Absolute Appliances Repair. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, offer emergency service, and provide warranties and guarantees on our work. We can help maintain and repair everything from your washer and dryer to your garbage disposal to your refrigerator and freezer. Just ask us any questions you may have!

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How to Avoid Appliance Repair Scams in San Francisco

When your washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other major appliance stops working properly, fixing it often becomes an immediate priority. Whether the idea of hundreds of dollars’ worth of food spoiling scares you, or the thought of having to travel to a laundromat stresses you out more, the fact is that you will need the help of a pro to get things back in working order.

No matter how desperate you are for appliance repairs, however, don’t settle for just any repair company.

While a huge majority of appliance repair companies in the Marin County area are honest, fair, and truly want what’s best for the customer, like all other business sectors, there are always a few rotten ones in the bunch. There are some warning signs that could signal the fact that you’re dealing with a not-so-honest company, though. Watch out for some of the following bad business practices:

  • The License Fraud

Unfortunately, there are some professionals in several business sectors (not just appliance repair) that claim to be licensed, bonded, and/or insured who actually aren’t. They may tell you that the work you need done doesn’t require a license or that they are a factory-authorized tech when they actually aren’t. You can do a license check here, and you can also contact the manufacturer of your machine to ensure you are hiring a truly qualified individual.

 

  • The Pay First Scam

If a company or technician asks you to pay money up front before the work on your machine is done, beware! He or she might say they need your money in order to get a part, but the sad reality is that if you hand over the money beforehand, you may never see the tech – or your money – again. Don’t pay until the work has been completed.

 

  • The Personal Check Tactic

This is another red flag to watch out for when dealing with repair personnel: If the technician asks you to write a check out to him or her personally instead of making it out to the repair company. It’s all too easy for an unethical person to cash your check and pocket the money, only to have you fielding phone calls from the company demanding payment they never received.

 

  • The Broken-Broken Riff

This one can happen when a repair person is left alone in a home to finish a job. It’s sad but true that some people will intentionally break another part of an appliance or cause some other type of damage, then offer to fix it for you – for an additional fee. If you must be away from your home during a repair visit, try to have a friend, neighbor, or family member stand in for you at home during repairs.

By knowing some red flags to look out for, you can ensure that your Novato, Larkspur, or San Rafael area repair job is done in a fair and righteous manner. Another way you can rest easy knowing your task is in good hands is to contact Absolute Appliances Repair! We are licensed, bonded, and insured (we’ll even give you our license #: 43445) and have served the Bay Area for more than 15 years. Rely on us for your appliance repair needs!

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Appliance Repair during COVID-19: What You Should Know

If your washer, freezer, stove, or any other appliance you have needs to be repaired, there are some special steps you should take during the coronavirus pandemic to keep everyone involved as safe as possible. While some appliances are “nice to have” and aren’t as vital as others, there are some appliances that need repairs right away, like refrigerators. You’ll need to decide, before anything else, if having a service tech come into your home during the pandemic is worth the risk.

During the recent pandemic, with social distancing being necessary, it’s more important than ever to prepare your home to have a service tech perform the repairs. Keep the following things in mind when you need appliance repairs in the San Francisco area during the coronavirus pandemic, and ask about any that you deem necessary when choosing a repair company:

  • A technician may have to come to your home more than once; most providers can’t possibly store every part for every brand on their service vehicles, so it may take a while for repairs to be completed.
  • Some companies and repair techs apply a hierarchy to repairs, especially if they are very busy. Customers who need service on things like refrigerators and stove tops may be assisted before those who need help with a dishwasher.
  • The best appliance repair techs in San Rafael, Mill Valley, and the Novato and Larkspur areas are operating as essential businesses and have adopted safety measures in accordance with recommendations from the CDC. This includes contacting customers before service appointments to make sure they are healthy.
  • Technicians should be required to practice proper hand-washing techniques, should avoid shaking hands, and should maintain a distance of six feet from others during the service call.

Precautions: Questions to Ask Before Scheduling Appliance Repair

Before scheduling your service appointment, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel safe and comfortable having an expert at your home during the pandemic. Following are some questions you may want answers to for peace of mind during your appointment:

  • What measures do technicians take as they enter a customer’s home and also during the time they are in the home, like wearing a mask and gloves, and maintaining a six-foot distance?
  • What precautions does the company take before technicians enter homes, such as at their own facilities? This might be sanitizing hands before and after appointments and cleaning tools and supplies with disinfecting agents.
  • Does the technician wear disposable shoe coverings while in your home? The bottoms of shoes are some of the most germ-filled surfaces on the planet!

What You Can Do: Appliance Repair in Marin County during COVID-19

If you do need to have your appliance fixed during this pandemic, there are some things you can do to further ensure your household’s health and safety as well as that of the technician that enters your home. First and foremost, wash your hands – everyone should be doing this anyway, but it’s especially important if you need to touch the tech’s pen or digital screen in order to place your signature. Disinfect the appliance that will have repairs done, too – soap and water will work fine, if you don’t have disinfectant. Soak the towel in warm soapy water to destroy and virus particles that may be on it. Clean the appliance before the service appointment and afterwards, as well.

For all your appliance repair needs throughout the entire San Francisco area, contact Absolute Appliances Repair! We operate following guidelines set by the CDC for the health and safety of our customers and our team members. Schedule your appointment with us now!

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San Francisco Appliance Repair & Replacement During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The longer the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt life as we know it, the better your chances are that you’ll need appliance repair services in Marin County at some point. Needing repairs during shelter-in-place orders can be stressful – you don’t want to risk someone coming into your home and unintentionally spreading the virus, and you also don’t want to unintentionally give it to a repair person, either.

What do you do when you need repairs during the pandemic?

Appliance Repair in San Francisco during the COVID-19 Pandemic

First, you’ll need to decide if the appliance is one you can do without for a little while – like perhaps a dishwasher – or if it’s one that is vital to your daily life – like a refrigerator. If you can do without the appliance for a bit, it may be best to wait to call for service, just in case. However, if it’s your stove, oven, freezer, or other critical-need appliance, you’ll need to move to the next step: deciding if you should get it repaired or completely replaced.

Repairing or Replacing Appliances

Under normal circumstances, the decision to repair or replace an appliance would be based on how old the appliance is, how many times it’s been repaired already, and how much parts and labor would cost you compared to purchasing a new machine.

During the coronavirus pandemic, however, with social distancing necessary, a couple of additional factors need to be considered, including whether risking the health of your family and a service technician is worth having an in-home repair done is worth it. At the same token, also consider the fact that some retailers may not currently be delivering and installing new appliances as they normally would.

Appliance Repair in the San Rafael Area

Keep in mind that if you are going to have the appliance repaired, a technician may have to come to your home more than once, because many service providers can’t possibly stock every part for every brand of appliance on their vehicle. If your chosen appliance repair pro is extremely busy, they may need to prioritize repairs, like servicing refrigerators and ranges for customers before broken a broken washer.

Replacing an Appliance in the Novato/Larkspur Areas

If you decide that your machine is beyond repair and you need to have it replaced, there are a couple new considerations for you to keep in mind during the coronavirus pandemic. Avoid going into stores if you can, and shop online instead. Many retailers have curbside store pick-up available. While you should always measure your doorways and space to make sure your selection will fit, this is even more important now, since you really won’t want to have to return the item. Finally, be sure to ask about delivery, installation, and haul-away, if that is something you are still interested in.

Absolute Appliances Repair in Mill Valley

Our team of experts serves the entire San Francisco area, as well as surrounding areas. If you need your dryer, dishwasher, oven, stove, washer, or anything else repaired, contact us. We take all necessary precautions as urged by the CDC when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep our customers and our team members safe. Let us know how we can help you with your appliance today.

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Repairing Your Appliances Instead of Replacing Them

The Many Benefits of Having Your Appliances Repaired

We all depend on appliances in one way or another. They wash our clothes, cook us dinner, and keep our food cold. If one of your appliances breaks down unexpectedly, it can easily bring your house to a grinding halt. But instead of buying and installing a new washer and dryer or refrigerator, you can have your appliances repaired by a licensed technician to get your house or office back to normal as quickly as possible. Discover the benefits of repairing appliances instead of buying new.

Save Money

Buying a new appliance can easily cost several thousands of dollars. You also have to consider the cost of having your appliance installed by a professional. You may not have enough money lying around to buy a new appliance from scratch, especially if the appliance is still relatively new. If your household or business runs on a tight budget, you need to plan out every major expense in advance.

Having your appliances repaired by a professional helps you get back to your normal routine without spending a fortune. If your appliances is on its last legs, you can have it repaired and start saving up for a newer model, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to buy a new appliance outright just because your oven, refrigerator, or washer and dryer stopped working overnight.

Save Time

When your appliances stop working, buying a new appliance isn’t necessarily the fastest way to solve your problem. Buying new appliances takes time. This is a sizeable investment after all, so you’ll need to spend some time researching different models before you shell out several thousand dollars. You’ll also have to coordinate with different parties to have your new appliance installed by a professional. The entire process could easily take a week or more.

Having your appliances repaired will expedite this process. All you have to do is call your local appliance repair company, schedule an appointment, and they’ll take care of the rest. A professional will likely come to your house or office in the next few days, repair the appliance, so you can get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. No researching new models. No cost comparisons. Just one phone call and your work is done.

Save the Environment

Buying a new appliance takes a toll on the environment. Manufacturers consume a lot of energy in order to produce and sell these appliances, not to mention all the materials needed to build the appliance. The company also needs to ship the appliance to your local appliance store. You’ll also need to have the appliance shipped to your home or office, so it can be installed by a professional. The entire process will quickly expand your carbon footprint.

If you care about the environment, it’s best to have your appliances repaired instead. A technician will come over to your house and repair the machine in just a few hours. You don’t have to worry about all the energy needed to create a new appliance from scratch. Having your appliances repaired also improves their energy efficiency, helping you reduce your utility bills.

Even if your appliances are working properly, having them repaired by a professional will improve performance and energy efficiency. Don’t wait until your appliances break down. Call a repair technician today to keep your appliances in tip-top shape.

 

At Absolute Appliances Repair, we specialize in repairing all kinds of household appliances, including refrigerators, ovens, stovetops, and washers and dryers. Call us today to have your appliances repaired the right way.

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To Repair or Not to Repair – Which Small Appliances Are Worth Saving?

Should You Bother Repairing Inexpensive Appliances?

When an appliance stops working the way it’s supposed to, you have two options: repair or replace. If an appliance costs thousands of dollars, getting it repaired will likely help you save money in the long run. But when it comes to smaller appliances, it might make more sense to buy a new appliance outright. Some smaller appliances cost just $100 or less, so appliance repair services may be out of the question. But if the appliance needs a quick fix, you might as well have it repaired before investing in a new model. Learn more about repairing and replacing small appliances from the professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair.

Microwave

The most common small appliance is the microwave. This handy device can heat up your food in just a few minutes, so it tends to get a lot of use.

When to Replace: If your microwave is making strange sounds or fails to heat up your food, it’s a sign you should probably replace this appliance. Larger, internal issues are usually a bad sign. Microwaves usually last around five to ten years and go for around $100 each, so replacing your microwave shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

When to Repair: Smaller issues are usually easy to fix, such as the inside light not coming on, the door getting jammed, or the plate stops rotating. A professional can easily swap out the bulb or adjust the door to solve these issues.

Toasters and Toaster Oven

Right behind the microwave, we have the toaster oven, another easy way to heat up a meal. There isn’t a whole lot that can go wrong with these appliances, but plenty of problems can still occur.

When to Replace: If the toaster oven is completely unresponsive, you should probably have it replaced. Internal damage or melted parts are also a bad sign.

When to Repair: If you’re having issues with the timer, the temperature seems to be off, or the door won’t close, having this appliance repaired might make a lot of sense.

Coffee Maker

A must-have for those that need a little extra help starting their day. For some individuals, the coffee maker is the most important appliance in the house, getting used at least once a day.

When to Repair: If you invested in a high-end coffee maker or espresso machine, you might want to have a professional look things over before you put it in the trash.

When to Replace: It’s usually best to replace your broken coffee maker, especially if it was relatively inexpensive in the first place. You can find new models for less than $50, so repairs aren’t usually worth the money.

The more money you spend on an appliance, the more you’ll want to consider having it repaired. If an appliance was less than $50, replacing it might make more sense. For larger kitchen repairs, contact the professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair for your appliance repair in San Francisco.

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How to Recycle Appliances Large and Small

Get Rid of Your Old Appliances with These Simple Steps

Looking to buy a new appliance? Just remember that you have to get rid of your old one first. While you might be tempted to simply throw out your old appliance, many waste management companies might not accept these kinds of items, especially if they weigh several hundred pounds. But tossing your old appliances into the landfill is also bad for the environment. Many appliances, including air conditioners and refrigerators, use chlorofluorocarbons to cool the air, which contribute to ozone depletion. Burning these appliances in a landfill will release these chlorofluorocarbons into the air, but you can avoid this if you have them recycled instead.

Not sure how to recycle your old appliances? We’ve got you covered.

 

Find a Local Company

Your first step will be to find an appliance recycling company in your area. You can try doing a simple Google search, contacting your municipality or EPA office, or you can search for these kinds of companies at Consumer Energy or on the official EPA website.

 

Having a New Appliance Delivered? Ask Them to Haul Your Old One Away

If you’re thinking about recycling one of your old appliances, chances are you need to order a new one. In that case, you can try finding an appliance manufacturer in your area that’s willing to haul away your old appliance at no extra charge or for a small fee. You can kill two birds with one stone and feel good about saving the environment.

 

Always Consider Making a Donation

Does your old appliance still work? If it does, you can always donate it to someone in need. Take a few minutes to reach out to some non-profit organizations in your area and see if they need whatever you’re trying to get rid of. Why recycle when you can give your old appliance a new life?

 

Let the Appliance Cool Down

As you get ready to recycle your appliances, make sure you give the appliance enough time to cool down. Unplug the machine and let it rest for a few days before you try to shimmy it onto a truck or have a local company move it for you. Otherwise, the appliance may still be overheated, which can cause injury during the moving process. You might also want to wear gloves if you’re trying to move the appliance yourself in case you encounter a hot surface or leaking chemicals.

 

Seal Doors Before Transporting

Don’t forget to seal all appliance doors and openings before you start moving your appliance. Grab a roll of duct tape and secure these openings to make sure they don’t fly open in the middle of your move. No one wants to get whacked in the head by a freezer door.

 

If you’re not ready to recycle your old appliance, consider calling the appliance repair professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair in San Francisco Bay.

Top Appliance Brands of 2018

Top Appliance Brands of 2018

At Absolute Appliances Repair, we know our fair share about the best and brightest appliances on the market. We understand the importance of, not only replacing appliances when they need replacing, but of choosing brands you can trust so that you’re not overspending or replacing appliances again and again before you should need to.

If you’re looking for a new fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer, or dryer, here’s a list of the top rated appliance brands of 2018.

 

Whirlpool

In the United States, Whirlpool is a go-to appliance manufacture for everything from washers and dryers to kitchen gadgets. The company is global but has their head office based in Michigan and employs over 92,000 individuals from around the world. Whirlpool is recognized as a leader in home appliances and is the parent company to several other appliance providers such as Maytag, KitchenAid, and Amana.

As of this year, Whirlpool has had the most sales and least required machine servicing compared to other appliance providers. While we at Absolute Appliance Repair won’t choose a favorite in terms of branding, we certainly can’t find fault in Whirlpool, their high standards, or the quality of their craftsmanship.

 

LG

The brand stands for “Life’s Good”, and they offer a variety of products, including not only home appliances, but also mobile and tech gadgets. From the refrigerator to your cell phone, LG has got you covered, and has become a name for low-maintenance and high-quality products. After Whirlpool and their many children companies, LG takes the cake in terms of products sold and need for maintenance or servicing.

The LG style standard seems to lean toward modern simplicity with a luxurious feel. Stainless steel and smooth lines are the 2018 line’s signature look, although you get more than looks when you buy an LG. Again, we at Absolute Appliances Repair try not to pick favorites, but if it came down to an LG and a lesser brand, we recommend paying just a little bit extra to avoid needing constant servicing in the future.

 

Frigidaire

A leader in kitchen appliances, Frigidaire provides stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves, along with laundry tools such as washers, dryers, and 2 in 1 centers. Frigidaire is the third least serviced brand of appliances in the United States with a high sales record and a large fan following. When it comes to brand loyalty, those who use Frigidaire are very serious.

They may not offer as many bells and whistles or additional electronics as brands like LG, but what they do make, they make well. You can check out their supply online, and gain access to their owner support center, for help with any machine issues that may arise.

 

For more information on our repair services, contact us at Absolute Appliances Repair. Our experienced staff are happy to hear from new and returning clientele, and we’re always ready to answer any questions you might have and offer a reasonable quote on work that needs to be done. Don’t let your appliances become outdated and unusable, contact the experts today and we’ll help keep your appliances working like new.