How to save on home improvements

Sales of appliances have spiked since last March. Now, experts weigh in on how to fix your appliances yourself instead of spending hundreds of dollars.
3:24 | 01/22/21

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We're going to take a look at how to save on home improvement during the pandemic. A surge in projects and home Depot sales up 20% and Becky Worley is back with tips. Hey, Becky. Reporter: Good morning, appliances are expensive and during covid often on back order. Home improvement giant Lowe's in addition to Home Depot say sales have spiked dramatically since last March on appliances. A new trend repairing them yourself and spoke to experts who advise which ones you can tackle. This couple were excited to buy a home in New Jersey last fall but then -- As soon as we moved in we discovered the refrigerator was no longer working. We did a couple loads of laundry and discovered that there was a buildup in our dryer system. Reporter: Their experience repairing appliances was, well, My being able to kind of fix it was pretty much just turn it off and on again. Reporter: Because of the pandemic they say it was hard to even find someone available to fix their appliances. When we figured out we had to do a lot of these things we did a lot of Google searches and YouTube scrolling through Reporter: If an appliance repair costs 50% of the original purchase price it's time to replace it. But covid messed with that too. The pandemic has made that much more complicated now. The appliance manufacturers and dealers we've spoken with are telling us the shortages aren't likely to east up any time soon. Beyond their turn it on and off method simple repair techniques you can try? If you notice the fridge isn't keeping it as cool, you can clean the condenser cool. Something you should do every six months or so. Reporter: If your dishwasher isn't do a good job cleaning see if the spray arms and filter are clogged and clean them. For the clothes dryer. If you notice they're taking longer to get dry, investigate the duct in the back behind the machine. Reporter: Clean out any lint built up which is also a potential fire hazard and if you can't do the repair on your own. Another great resource is repair clinic. Reporter: Repair clinic sells appliance parts and has 5,000 how to videos for repairing appliance, 10,000 repair instructions and scheme mat ticks and 24/7 phone number to call for advice all for tree. We've seen demand for services increase because more and more things are breaking. There's tremendous need. There's also a need to save money. Reporter: Doing their own repairs the elliotts say they've saved more than $3,000 on appliance costs. We're in a pandemic and wanted to minimize the number of people coming in and out of our home but turned into an opportunity for us to save a lot of money. Reporter: Another starting point, call your local repair shop. Talk to the problem and get an estimate over the phone and listen to their advice. They'll often encourage you to try a few things first and in my experience they'll tell you maybe not to tackle the big jobs. Now, about big job, safety is paramount so if we're talking about rewiring your microwave or anything too complicated call an expert, George. No question about that. Okay, Becky, thanks very much. You can get more tips on how to fix home appliances on Now let's go to rob.

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