As an electrician who understands the consequences of electricity, I advise you not to ignore the electrical tell-tale signs that repair or replacement is needed. The kitchen is a very important room in the home, and the last thing that you want is to have to replace kitchen appliances. As a father who understands the consequences of hungry children, I urge you to do something about it – as soon as possible.


A quality fridge is a reliable appliance that can last for many years. This, however, makes it difficult for us to discern whether or not it is time to repair, or replace, your fridge. So, what are the signs that you need a replacement?


The fridge is arguably one of the hardest-working kitchen appliances. However, unlike humans, a hard-working fridge should not start sweating. Condensation on the inside, or outside, of your fridge can mean a number of things but is worth contacting an electrician to check it out.

Abnormal Heat

A small amount of heat at the back of your fridge is no cause for concern, simply showing that the ventilation system is working. If the heat becomes excessive, a technician should be contacted.

Life Expectancy

The average life span of a fridge is between 10-20 years. If your fridge is around this age and not as efficient as it once was, it may be time to invest in a new one.


The oven has some obvious tell-tale signs that it is struggling and either needs repairs or replacement.

Flop Proof

Not all of us are naturals in the kitchen, but some flops may not be your fault. Faulty components of an oven can lead to temperature fluctuations, ultimately affecting the quality of your food. Uncooked meals, rust, and discoloration are a few signs that there is a problem.

Higher Energy Bills

A higher energy bill could be attributed to many different appliances within your home. An easy way to determine if your oven is responsible for this increase is if they carry the qualities mentioned above. If this is the case, it is necessary to contact a professional as soon as possible.

On a side note, we have some handy tips to reduce energy consumption in the home!


Microwaves were designed to make life considerably easier, so when they don’t it could be a sign that it is time for an upgrade.

Sparks and Smells

Sparks and burning smells are obvious signs that there is a huge problem. If this happens, you need to turn off your microwave, unplug it and buy a new one.

Efficiency is Waning

Microwaves speed up the cooking time, considerably. If it is not fulfilling this job, and it is over 10 years old, it is time to invest in a new microwave.

If you notice any of these characteristics or have bought a new appliance and need help installing it- don’t panic, we’re here to help! Call 082 924 4775 for all of your maintenance or installation needs!