When An Appliance Breaks Down

Researched & Written by Jonny

We absolutely adore our appliances, however they are machines, and just like computers, phones, and other electronic products, whether it’s from a power outage or just eventually breaking down through usage over years. this is not a major problem most of the time but It’s important to know what you should be doing when an appliance breaks down, and the steps you should take once your appliance stops working.

Checking the obvious

When your appliance breaks down it’s important to check the most blatant reasons. Could your appliance’s power have just been disconnected? Did you drop it this morning? Could there be an issue with the power outlet it’s connected to? Take a step back and just check the surroundings of the appliance before tinkering with the appliance itself.

If there are no immediate issues with the appliance, unplug it and wait a good few minutes for the power to leave the internal system. Once you’re 100% happy that the appliance is completely powered down, check the surroundings, could a cable be damaged? Once you’re happy there is no obvious damage surrounding the appliance or on the appliance itself, turn it back on to see if it was just a temporary issue (but be careful when doing so).


An important thing to note when buying an appliance is if it comes with a warranty, this is just for the sake of giving you a backup plan if the appliance breaks down. Although it may seem like a hassle at first, investing your time / buck into a warranty is really something that can come handy in the long run. Check your order and see if your purchase included a warranty (and check that the warranty is registered).

We always recommend registering your warranty as soon as you have your product set up. Consider the appliances you’ve bought in the last year, did you register the warranty? If not, do it – you never know when something could go wrong!

When you don’t have a warranty.

User Guide

When in doubt, check the user guide. User guides provide us with a range of information, and what to do when certain things happen with the appliance. Presuming you can find your User Guide (I’m terrible with throwing them away). Check it to see if any of the information can help.

Search Online

The internet is great, there is probably someone out there who has had the same issue as you in the past. So take a moment to search for the issue online. Try typing the model number in with the problem and include “solved” in the search to get the best results.

Calling In

Call the manufacturer of the appliance and check to see if they have any ideas on what could have caused the problem. They’ll generally take you through steps to check to see what the issue is and try to get you back on track.

Local Repair Centres

If perhaps the manufacturer is unavailable to call, then you can always call or take in an appliance to a local repair centre. Although it may cost you, they might be able to fix the problem, or at the least point you in the right direction to getting the appliance fixed.

Calling an Electrician

If you’re concerned about the safety of the appliance or the electrical system in your home then it may be time to call in an electrician.  Always get a professional to take a look at it to prevent all risks of something much more harmful happening.

Preventing Future Breakdowns

Now that a problem has occurred, we need to think about how we can stop this issue in the future. One way is to ensure proper care is taken with the appliance.

Buy Quality Appliances

Overall, it’s best to find an appliance with the kind of build quality which will last you through the ages. Checking online Buyers Guides can give you a step in the right direction.

Handle with care

When using an appliance new or old, it’s vital that you handle it with care, it’s a clever piece of equipment, but at the end of the day if something is dislodged in your appliance it’ll stop working. To stop issues like this happening ensure you take things slowly and aren’t too rough when handling the appliance.


Just like most pieces of equipment, appliances need to be maintained through proper cleaning. Ensure that you clean your appliances so that you can use it efficiently and no important function is obstructed by the result of using it, I.E grease.


It is always beneficial to have a warranty under your belt. So keep this in mind when buying any appliance in future.


It can become a bit of a nightmare when a key appliance breaks down on you, but by following these tips you should be able to minimise the inconvenience and prevent other failures in the future.

  • Regular Cleaning is important.
  • Don’t get frustrated, be calm and patient if your appliance breaks down.
  • Get in touch with the manufacturer for advice.
  • Warranties can be life savers.
  • Know when it’s time to call a professional.