Working with Appliance Repair Tools like the Steam Cleaner

Fred's Appliance Academy
December 21, 2020

Appliance repair is one of those essential services that will still be around regardless of what happens in terms of lockdowns. People still need their appliances to work no matter what else is going on. If you’re getting into appliance repair, here’s some important information about how you should handle your tools during the current environment.

Tools Related to Cleaning

Given the current situation, your tools focused on cleaning are going to be of particular importance. This is because your cleaning tools are often going to pull double duty. For example, steam cleaners are needed in many appliance fixing operations such as for fryers, but you can also use them to make sure that you leave as little a mark as possible.

You can use steam cleaners for cleaning out fridges that have become clogged, or dryers, or other appliances, for example, but also disinfect areas, where you’ve been that, might trouble customers due to the virus.

This is because the heat has been known to kill viruses and steam cleaners are often heating water to the point that it becomes a gas.

For when you need to use hard services, a smaller steam cleaner can help. Plus, again, it can also double as something that helps to keep an area clean of possible infectants on top of all of the other recommended actions.

Steam Cleaner Tips

  • When using steam cleaners, it’s important to always wear shoes if the device is electric. Make sure that you only buy certified electrical appliances that have their certification from official groups like the products above.
  • Only use portable steam cleaners on sealed materials that will not be negatively affected by a high degree of moisture and heat. Most materials that you work with as an appliance tech should fall under this category, but it won’t be all of them, and you should check carefully every time.
  • You’re also going to want to make sure that any heads that you use for the steam cleaners are properly attached. If they fall off during a cleaning, bad things could happen as a result.
  • Don’t forget that when you pull a trigger for a steam cleaner that it’s going to keep steaming for a while longer after you let go of the trigger. You don’t want to hit a house plant or some other sensitive thing at a client’s house with a burst of heat by accident when it could damage it.
  • Always respect a steam cleaner’s power. They are hot and will remain hot for a while even after you turn them off. Don’t put them down someplace where they are going to cause problems until you’re sure that the heat has subsided.
  • Pay attention to little things like how some areas may have hard water which could damage the inside of your steam cleaner. Instead, where possible, you’re going to want to try to bring distilled water with you to ensure that you will be able to maintain the use of the piece of equipment for some time to come.
  • It’s also worth remembering to turn off the steamer if you’re going to make any changes to it, such as swapping out attachments or adding more water if you have more work to do on an appliance that needs to be cleaned before you can take any further action to repair it.

Steam cleaners are useful in a variety of situations, making them ideal candidates for different kinds of appliance repair.

You do have to avoid getting too close to delicate fabrics, freshly painted surfaces, finished wood, or anything like that. Make sure to aim the steam only at what you intend to hit on an appliance without hitting anything near or around it.

Cleaning Your Tools

Another important thing to do while fixing appliances in the time of Covid is to clean any tools that you’re using before you go into a house. The CDC recommends cleaning surfaces with soap and water and washing your hands for 20 seconds.

This will help keep both you and your clients safe, and it will also ensure that they trust you and that anyone who seeks out your services will trust you.

It also helps to disinfect any tools that you may need to make contact with a client’s devices or other parts of their house before you do so.

Keeping Track of Tools

It’s also important to make sure you have a list of all tools that you use and bring to a client’s house if you need to help repair their huge appliances that can’t really be moved like dryers. If you write down a list beforehand, you can check it against the tools you have with you in your bag in order to ensure that you don’t leave any behind.

This is especially important during the age of COVID given how nervous you could make clients if you leave something behind, and also given the fact that you aren’t going to want to have to revisit a place after the fact since this will require you to risk exposure with clients once again and it will be unlikely to be taken well by them.

Accessories Related to Your Profession and Tool Use

It’s important to wear all of the recommended gear and to practice social distancing whenever possible while engaging in client repair these days. This means wear plastic gloves to protect yourself and your clients while using tools, for example. It also means using a mask and any other guidelines recommended by professionals.

Getting Started

If you enjoy or think you would enjoy appliance repair, which is certainly a useful skill to have during a time where many other jobs are shut down, then getting lessons and certification in this skill could help immensely.

For more information on how you can enroll in a program that will allow you to learn everything you need to know remotely about topics like repairing dryers, please don’t hesitate to go ahead and contact us today.

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