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Cost guide: domestic appliance repairs

We asked our Which? Trusted Traders endorsed appliance repair engineers to find out about rough prices for some common jobs and how long they should take to complete.

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In 2012, Which? surveyed domestic appliance repair traders about the cost and completion time for 12 standard repair jobs on washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, ovens and tumble dryers. In March 2018 we asked a range of our Which? Trusted Traders for their opinions to bring you a snapshot of up to date prices.

Ensure you ask your trader how they intend to charge you for any repair work. Many appliance repairers will charge a call-out fee plus an hourly rate to complete repairs. Call-out charges will vary but can be anything from £45-£125 depending on your region. Hourly rates tend to be lower, but again it will vary.

Remember you will also need to add in the cost of any new parts as well. Prices of parts will vary depending on the manufacturer and the appliance – some will be relatively cheap and easy to get hold of, others are more expensive – at which point you may want to weigh up whether it’s worth repairing or replacing your faulty appliance.

Most traders can offer you a choice between genuine parts (manufacturer approved) or ‘pattern’ parts (generic parts). Genuine parts can be twice the price. Whichever you choose, ensure your new part comes with a warranty. 

Which? Trusted Traders has endorsed appliance repairers in your local area.

Domestic appliance repair prices and completion times

These repair prices are intended as a guide only. There will be a degree of variation across the country, and traders may need to add in extra costs to cover travel or parking, depending on how easy it is to access your property. All of our prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.

We asked traders to quote for a standard, mid-range Best Buy appliance. Of course, the price of parts will vary for different makes and models of appliance. The completion times are for the actual repair itself, once the trader has the relevant part. Some parts may need to be ordered specially and can take a day or two to arrive.

Washing machine repairs

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Washing machine – supply and fit new door seal

£86

£79-£102

0.5-1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new motor brushes

£79

£63-£99

0.5-1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new motor

£230

£201-£275

1 hour

Washing machine – supply and fit new pump

£98

£89-£105

0.5-1 hour

Oven, tumble dryer and fridge repairs

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Electric fan oven – supply and fit new element

£87

£83-£98

0.5-1 hour

Electric fan oven – supply and fit new thermostat

£86

£89-£104

1 hour

Tumble dryer – supply and fit new heating element

£102

£92-£114

0.5-1 hour

Fridge – supply and fit new thermostat

£86

£77-£110

0.5-1 hour

Dishwasher and fridge-freezer repairs

Job

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Dishwasher – supply and fit new pump

£102

£93-£127

0.5-1 hour

Dishwasher – supply and fit new motor

£205

£174-£250

1-2 hours

Dishwasher – supply and fit new heating element

£138

£109-£184

1-2 hours

Fridge freezer – supply and fit new door seal/gasket

£85

£76-£115

0.5-1 hour

If you need to fix your washing-machine, dishwasher or fridge freezer, Which? Trusted Traders has endorsed appliance repairers in your local area.

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