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We recently bought a house with an old Wolf oven and range, installed around 1989. The present owners of the Wolf brand, Sub-Zero, won't service it, since it predates their ownership of Wolf. Can anyone suggest an appliance person who still services old Wolf ranges? We've tried National Food Equipment Corp in San Jose but they are very unresponsive. MB
We have an old Thermador range that works very well except that the fan has broken. Thermador won't provide replacement parts for any models older than 10 years. I guess that's their way of making people buy new ones but we want to keep this one and not put it in the landfill. Does anyone have a recommendation for a handyperson who is good at improvising with things like this? Elanne
I live in Berkeley and am looking a reasonably priced, reliable person to service and install appliances in my home. Janet
We have a small all in one washer and dryer combo from LG. After 3 years the dryer is not working well. Does anyone know a good appliance repair person/service that works on LG machines?
I am looking for a recommendation for a solid appliance repair person or company that services Fisher Paykel dishwashers. I have called several places, and cannot find one that services Fisher-Paykel. We used another service that we loved for other appliances, but they would not touch the the F-P dishdrawer. In the past, we used some huge company, and that was kind of a nightmare (missed appts, etc.). Does any have a recommendation for a good local person? Thanks much. kim
We are currently staying at my mom's house which has a very old Montgomery Ward continuous cleaning oven from way back when, maybe 1970s. The oven decided to stop working at some point before we moved in here (the house was vacant for a long time) late in 2008. The stove top works fine. Does anyone know of an oven repair company or person that is reliable and affordable in the Richmond/El Cerrito/El Sobrante area or nearby? We may just have to get a new stove/oven but we'd rather not. We are trying to save money (part of why we are living here now) due to one of us getting laid off and the other one of us going back to school and taking care of our young child. Miss oven
Who do you recommend for repairing a Maytag Neptune? Sarah
For my own appliance repair, I (VERY happily) always use 'Hi-Tech Appliance' (owned by Majeed and Tony Hariri) (510) 237-9267 (Read all the happy ''they saved the day'' stories in BPN's Kitchen Appliance Repair archives) ---'help' is spelled: Hariri...!
Can anyone recommend an appliance repair person that you've personally used? We have an old dishwasher that just broke down (water doesn't enter properly). I really don't want to replace it because it holds a remarkable amount of dishes; better than newer models. We live in Oakland, near Montclair. Thanks. Monica
We have an old Kenmore washing machine that has recently stopped performing the last automatic spin cycle. We have to go back and turn the dial specifically to the final spin cycle, in order to get it to work. The washer was here when we purchased the house over 12 years ago, so I don't know where it is from. Where can we find someone to come out and repair this problem for us? Thanks!
He showed up right on time, was courteous and respectful, didn't insult my intelligence (unlike many repair guys who think women just don't ''get'' manly things like tools and wires), and quickly diagnosed and solved the problem.
In addition, he offered some advice on how to keep things running smoothly, showed me how to troubleshoot the problem (socks stuck in the pump!) in the future and even noticed that the dryer vent wasn't completely connected and fixed that too.
All that, and he only charged me the cost of the service call ($95) -- no additional fee for labor. And he asked me to call him after I ran my next load of laundry to verify that everything was back to normal.
I've interacted with dozens of repair and construction folks in the past two years and have to say that Tony is at the top of the heap, both in terms of professionalism and in being a genuine pleasure to do business with. His company covers washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashes, etc. -- and if it's something they can't fix, he says, he'll refer you to someone who can. I highly recommend calling Hi-Tech the next time one of your appliances gets sick! (925) 348-3480. CC
Another great review for Hi-Tech Appliance Repair. Dryer repaired fast, with care, cleaned up afterward; decent price, good advice, and comfortable courtesy. But mostly, you know how you can get a good feeling during a service experience that makes you feel that you got it right with a good person? 100% on this repair visit. David
It was the worst - Saturday evening home with 3 kids, when dh is gone for the weekend, and then I notice - the popsicles in the freezer are no longer frozen. And the ice is starting to melt.
Luckily, I randomly called General Refrigeration Service (652- 1302), and Gary Cain came to my house less than an hour after I called, and at 7:00 *on a Saturday night*. He replaced the compressor in less than 1/2 hour.
Thank goodness! No lost food, no water all over the floor, no trying to pack everything into ice chests while waiting to get someone to come. And no exhorbitant fee for coming during off hours. I can't recommend him more highly!! Trish
I just wanted to warn anyone out there considering buying an appliance from Sears. I've spent numerous hours scheduling appointments and waiting around for "service technicians" to fix a problem with our brand new refrigerator that has been there since the day we plugged it in. Conveniently for them, our warranty has expired during the course of the 6 service calls, and now, rather than replacing a defective product, they're going to charge me to try to fix it. I'll never buy a never appliance from them again! A very unhappy customer
I just had a great experience with Hi-Tech Appliance Repair (HAR)
and they are just as wonderful as everyone says. My 5-year-old Kenmore
washer stopped working on
Sunday night at the worst possible time -
we were coming back from a week of camping
with piles of dirty laundry, and every sheet and towel in the house
needed washing. So I checked the BPN website, and
called HAR the next morning. One of the owners was here by lunch time fixing
HAR is owned by two brothers, Majeed and Tony Hariri, and they
are based in Pleasant Hill but they cover the East bay area.
Tony diagnosed the problem immediately (the washer's pump had filled
up with coins and other debris), took apart the pump and cleaned it,
and had the washer working within half an hour. He only charged me
for the service call ($95) and not for any labor. Not only that, but
he patiently explained everything he was doing, showed me where the
problem was, gave me some maintenance tips
to prevent other problems that happen in the kind of washer I have, and diagnosed
a different problem I'd been having (leaking due to oversudsing). Plus,
he gave me advice about my stove too!
I am so happy to know about HAR now. I will never call anyone else. The last time my washer broke, I called Sears and had a frustrating, expensive experience (told them when I called that the motor had burned out, but the repair guy apparently never got that information, and he showed up a few days later with no motor. So he had to put in an order for the motor, and we had to wait some more days, and it ended up costing about half what a new washer would have cost. I'm calling HAR from now on! 237-9267
Does anyone have any current recommendations for someone to repair a 5 year old washing machine in the San Leandro Area? I'd checked the postings but wasn't sure how old they were, looked like 2002. Thanks. Rachel
Ok...I used BPN to research a repairman to call to fix my washer. I will say this and stand behind it whole- heartedly...
Hi-Tech Appliance Repair are WONDERFUL!!!!! They are honest, they are good and they are fast. I also want you to know that you would gladly pay 2x what they charge becuse you can rest assured that they will only charge you for work done that you need and if you don't need it, they won't do it to pad the bill.
Thanks Berkeley Parents Network, if I hadn't found them through you, I would have probably just called Sears (I own a Kenmore-NEVER AGAIN!!!) and *Lord Knows* what *they* would have charged me! BTW- p# for Tony and Majeed 510 237-9267 Sandra
I recommend Galvin Appliances (in Albany on San Pablo Ave.) for kitchen appliance repair. They have come by several times over the years to fix our aging oven and dishwasher. They show up when they say and I think they are very qualified and honest but I don't know how their prices compare to others.
I would like to recommend Kim's Appliances Repair. He was recommended to me and we used him for dishwasher repair and he came exactly on the dot when he said he would. He is the owner of the company and he comes out himself. I've seen other recommendations for his company. Kim's Appliances, 436-5382
A-1 Appliance Repair in El Cerrito has repaired our washer, dryer, stove, oven, and dishwasher at one time or other. Don (he works by himself) always does a great job. I don't have his phone number with me, but he's in The Book.
Galvin Appliance, Albany 527-2244
Does anyone have experience changing the appearance of a refrigerator? I have a two-year-old, energy-efficient, huge, black refrigerator. We're updating our kitchen and I'd like a lighter-color retro look. Is it possible to paint a fridge without it looking like a mess? How? Or could panels be added even if the refrigerator wasn't designed for them? Are there other options so it won't dominate a kitchen with a lighter colored palette? Design Challenged
I have an old (1950's?) toaster that has worked for years, but finally stopped heating up. Can anyone recommend a reasonably local repair shop? I don't want to buy a new one, I want mine to toast for another 50 years! R.K.
Does anyone know of a shop that can repair an espresso machine? Julie
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