Posted on 28 April 2020

Lockdown Putting Strain On Your Appliances?

Being at home in lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak,  inevitably means that your appliances are getting more use than they usually do. From your fridge being opened more than normal, your dishwasher being busier than it’s ever been before, to your microwave being tested to its limits, all these things can affect the lifespan of your appliances.

Have you thought about what you’d do if one of your trusted kitchen appliances broke down during the coronavirus crisis?

At present, the likelihood of having a new appliance delivered is slim due to social distancing guidelines (or you may at least have to wait some time for a delivery slot) and with your household stuck at home for the foreseeable future, even a day without a fridge freezer or an oven becomes a recipe for disaster.

There are things you can do to help your appliances, such as keeping them clean and following the manufacturer’s instructions for best practices when using them, but it’s worth considering Appliance Insurance before the worst happens.

Why take out Appliance Cover?

Appliance Cover from Home Emergency Assist ensures that you’re not without your vital appliances for longer than necessary while you’re waiting for them to be fixed or until you can save enough money to replace them.

A new fridge freezer can range from £200 to £2000 and even a simple repair can cost upwards of £300 when you factor in call-out fees and labour costs.

Washing machines can cost from around £200 to £900 depending on the size and features you select, and repairs can be over £400 with labour included.

With Home Emergency Assist, you can add up to 10 appliances ranging from washing machines and fridge freezers to ovens and extractor fans to ensure all your essential kitchen appliances are covered. You also get a discount for insuring 2 or more appliances with us.

Appliances we can cover

• Freestanding cooker (please note, we cannot cover Aga/Rayburn or other cast-iron range cookers)
• Cooker, Hob, Oven
• Hood or Extractor
• Microwave Oven
• Dishwasher
• Fridge/Freezer
• Refrigerator
• Freezer
• Washing Machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Washer/Dryer
• Wine Cooler

Hints and Tips

In the meantime, here are a couple of things you can do to make sure you’re keeping your appliances at their best.

  • Freezer: while a full freezer works better than an empty one, overfilling it can block air vents, restrict the flow of cold air and overwork the condenser which could lead to burn-out
  • Washing Machine: it may be tempting to fill your machine to the brim (especially if you’re dealing with more washing than normal!) but this puts undue stress on the bearings and can even affect the drum’s alignment
  • Cooker: we know that spills are a part of cooking and by the time you’ve cooked you may not feel like cleaning up but leaving them could damage your heating coil
  • Dishwasher: if you need to wash knives in the dishwasher, keep them in the cutlery basket with the sharp end pointing up. Any nicks in the vinyl coating of the tanks could lead to rust which will stain your dishes

To find out more about our appliance cover and how our other types of cover are here to solve your home emergencies, including plumbing and drains and boiler and central heating cover, contact our friendly team on 0330 09 48 301. You can also request a call back to discuss your requirements or get a free quote online in minutes!

While social distancing guidelines are still in place, we are making every effort to keep both you and our engineers as safe as possible and to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This includes the use of PPE (personal protection equipment), frequent handwashing and you won’t be asked to sign anything. You can find out more about what to expect from an engineer visit on our Covid-19 FAQ page.

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Posted on 27 February 2020

4 Benefits of Home Appliance Cover

There are few things worse than one of your much-needed kitchen appliances breaking down and the inconvenience and expense of replacing one of them can prove to be a nightmare.

Fill the gap between a warranty and home insurance

Home insurance will typically cover your home appliances in the event of damage or theft but are unlikely to cover them in the event of a breakdown.

This is where the warranty comes in; most new appliances come with a manufacturer’s warranty guaranteeing you repairs and servicing for the first year. However, most problems occur outside of this warranty period.

In this instance, should your appliance breakdown, you’ll need to either replace it yourself or pay the manufacturer to repair your product – both can be costly and leave you out of pocket.

Appliance insurance aims to fill the gap between the two, by covering you for any mechanical or electrical breakdowns (along with accidental damage) that occur outside of the warranty period.

Reduce downtime

Home appliance insurance can ensure that you are not without vital appliances, such as your fridge/freezer, washing machine or oven for long periods of time while you’re waiting for them to be fixed, or until you save enough money to replace it yourself.

Typically, a trained engineer will be sent out as quickly as possible at a mutually convenient time to repair your appliance and, if they’re not able to fix it, replace it

Avoid unexpected costs

By taking out home appliance insurance, you know for a small monthly premium, your appliance (or appliances) will be repaired or replaced as part of the cover so you won’t need to find a large sum of money for a new appliance if yours suddenly stops working.

Add more than one appliance

With most policies, you can cover more than one appliance. With Home Emergency Assist, you can add up to 10 appliances ranging from washing machines to wine coolers to ensure that all your essential kitchen appliances are covered. You also get a discount for insuring 2 or more appliances with us.

The appliances we can cover are:

 

To find out more about our appliance cover and how our other types of cover are here to solve your home emergencies, including plumbing and drains and boiler and central heating cover, contact our friendly team on 0330 09 48 301. You can also request a call back to discuss your requirements or get a free quote online in minutes!

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Posted on 26 May 2019

How to clean your washing machine

Since a washing machine does what it says on the tin, you might be wondering how it gets dirty. But where does all that dirt from your clothes go?

The cleaner your washing machine, the cleaner and fresher your clothes are after every wash! Cleaning your washing machine regularly also ensures it works efficiently and effectively, preventing build-up of limescale, mould and detergent.

Home Emergency Assist understand that the cleanliness of your washing machine is not the only reason for an emergency breakdown. Whilst home appliance cover and insurance, including washing machine cover, ensures you are completely covered, we recommend giving your washing machine some TLC every now and again.

How often should you clean your washing machine?

We recommend that you clean your washing machine approximately once every couple of months. However, if you notice that your washing machine is smelling unpleasant in the meantime, it needs an immediate clean. If your washing machine is susceptible to build-up, we would advise cleaning your washing machine on a regular schedule to keep it in tip-top condition.

The Cleaning Process

We always recommend looking at your washing machine manufacturer’s instructions prior to cleaning your washing machine, just in case there are any specific requirements. Here are our top tips for how to clean your washing machine:

  1. Open the detergent drawer and place 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Add 120ml of white vinegar into the drum.
  3. Run a hot wash on your washing machine. Remember to check back on your washing machine every so often due to the build up of suds.
  4. Remember to clean out your filter, as clogged up filters are often responsible for washing machine breakdowns! For this step, please remember to adhere to manufacturer’s instructions as it will vary with different washing machines.
  5. Don’t forget to clean your removable soap and fabric softener dispenser. Dispensers are an area where mould loves to grow! Wash your dispenser in the top of your dishwasher or in hot water with plenty of soap, letting it air dry in the sun.

 

Why do you need washing machine insurance?

Cleaning your washing machine is a great way to make sure your washing machine is in the best condition it can be, however there is always a risk of potential breakdowns due to other causes. In case you were to experience an inconvenient washing machine breakdown, home appliance insurance provides you with full protection. At Home Emergency Assist, we offer affordable, reliable washing machine cover from just £3.99 a month.

Get a home appliance insurance quote in minutes online, including washing machine cover and more. Find out more about our home appliance insurance at Home Emergency Assist in our household appliance policy information book.

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