Do you throw away user manuals, like everyone else? Or do you put them somewhere, only to forget where?
Less than 20 years ago, you would have had a rough time using or troubleshooting your appliances without a manual. Thank goodness for the Internet!
These manuals are full of useful information that you need. Anyone would bet that even an expert would find at least one thing in a manual that they didn’t know before. That one thing could help solve your problem or fix your appliance. Let’s face it, most of us can’t just go buy a new refrigerator, stove, hot water heater, or other home appliance.
Getting an appliance to work can be as simple as knowing which button to push. Fixing them by hiring a repairman costs you hundreds in labor alone. If you had the user manual, you may be able to figure out the fix on your own or call the help line. But, you don’t have the manual. Fortunately, almost any manual for any appliance can be found on the Internet.
Internet and Manuals
Like we said, there are many reasons why a manual can help you in a time of need. The Internet is an incredible place to find information. Simply type the brand and model of the appliance plus manual for the appliance you need help with into Google or another search engine. For example, “GE 12345 refrigerator manual.”
Results will probably list troubleshooting articles and videos, as well as places to search for parts. Knowing the name of specific parts, as well as the year, model, serial number, and other useful information related to the appliance is helpful for your Internet search.
How to Find Manuals
A quick Internet search will get you started. You may even get lucky and find a solution to the problem you have without having to dive into a large manual. However, that is rarely the case. You will need to find and read the manual to properly troubleshoot.
If a simple Internet search leaves you overwhelmed because of the plethora of information, try navigating the manufacturer’s Website to find manuals. Companies often dedicate a portion for each model of their products. So, you can search for problems, talk to specialists, or read about other people’s experiences and questions. You can even call the manufacturer’s customer support line to see if they can send you a manual, although snail mail takes a while, which means you are unable to use or fix your appliance right away.
What if the Manual Doesn’t Help?
Unfortunately, this happens quite often. When manuals are written and printed, the products are still brand new and haven’t gone through the rigors of consumer use. They may also inherently have certain problems with certain components that were previously unseen. Although, having a manual may be helpful, there are times where you either need to call customer service at that company, or research the specific problem on YouTube and other sites and forums to find a solution. The customer service department attempts to find the solution, which could be simple, like a setting. But there may be something wrong with the quality of the unit, so they can help with a refund, replacement, or service call.
In all seriousness, please keep the user manual when you purchase, well, anything. If you don’t use it for anything else, learn the safety portion of it. When you are dealing with a stove, furnace, water heater, or other appliance that runs on natural gas, you must educate yourself on the safety precautions and procedures. Keeping user manuals saves you time, money, and frustration. Have you ever had an issue with an appliance and wished you hadn’t tossed or lost its manual?