A guide to installing and repairing your home appliances

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 11 September 2020

A step-by-step guide to installing home appliances, plus the most common repairs.

From washing machines and ovens to fridges and freezers, there are so many different appliances in your home that need attention when it comes to installing, repairing and servicing. It pays to have them properly installed in the first place and make sure you have resources to tap into when repairs and maintenance are needed.

Here is our guide to preparing for home appliance installation, as well as how to troubleshoot the most common issues with your whitegoods.

Person installing gas cooktop

Appliance installation

Installing appliances in your home but don't know where to start? Check out our step-by-step guide to help you plan a seamless installation. 

1. Match your needs with your home

The most important first step in planning an appliance installation is to have a clear list of the appliances you need and matching them to the space within your home. If your home has designated taps for a washing machine, that's great. But if it doesn't, then you would need to talk to a plumber for a possible reconstruction or consider a regular small trip to a nearby coin laundry.

2. Choose the right type of appliances for your home

That first survey of the space in your home is very important as it determines the type of appliances you need. For example, if you need a dishwasher but are low on floor space in the kitchen, you may be better off with an under-bench dishwasher instead of the freestanding one.

3. Find the right tradie for the job

Engaging the right tradie for the installation is important. You want to make sure they are professionally accredited, knowledgeable and aware of what's involved including the costs and the timeframe. RACV Home Trades & Services has a wealth of experienced tradies available for your appliance installation needs.

4. Installation day

On the day of the installation, prepare the work area well by removing any furniture and rugs that may get in the way. It's also great to be on stand-by during installation so you can check everything is working correctly and you can ask questions before the tradies leave.

Gas cooking
Washing machine repairs

Common repairs for your home appliances

If you need major repairs to your appliances it's best to leave it to the professionals to have peace of mind. However, there are some common and simple issues with your appliances that can be easily fixed with the right tools, some patience, and a little bit of elbow grease.

Washing machine

Is your washing machine not working to its full capacity? Mix 1/2 cup of bicarbonate soda with 2 cups of white vinegar, run a washing cycle with hot water on the maximum water level setting to give it a good clean. Once the machine is half-filled with water, add the vinegar mixture and let the water sit for about 30 minutes before allowing the machine to run through its usual cycle. Scrub the inside of the machine barrel with an old toothbrush as the water slowly drains out (this is a great way to avoid putting your hand in hot water).

Gas stovetop

If you need to keep relighting a surface burner or it just simply won't light, you may want to clean the burner holes as they may be clogged up with dust and grease. Once it's cool, remove the burner and soak it in hot water to loosen the grime then scrub with a metal brush for a thorough clean.


If your oven temperature isn't the same as your temperature setting, you can recalibrate it by following the instructions in your oven manual. If you don't have one, you can easily find it online - just make sure you have your oven model number handy to look up the right manual in their manufacturer's database.


Is your washing machine starting to smell? Take time to clean your dishwasher by popping in a specialised dishwasher tablet that cleans its interiors and unclogs the drain to keep it working efficiently. This can help prevent clogging that would require full dishwasher repair.

Air conditioner

Regularly cleaning the filters will keep your air conditioner working in top condition. Setting it at the recommended room temperature in summer will help prevent it from working overtime. For more tips, check out our guide to cooling and heating your home


A fridge that doesn't cool can be easily fixed by ensuring the temperature control dial is set to the desired temperature and the vents inside the fridge compartment aren't blocked by items such as food containers.

Take the stress out of appliance installation and repairs

Need appliance repairs? RACV Home Trades & Services has the right tradie for the job. 

Need appliance repairs? RACV Home Trades & Services has the right tradie for the job.