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how far do you go testing appliances before selling them

how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:08:36 PM »
how much do you test your appliances and how do you test things like washers dryers and stoves which require more than a 110 outlet ?

ive been giving them away or selling them for dirt untested , Id like to up my prices but really havent got a clue how far i should go testing these things
fridges are no problem , but id hate to sell a gas dryer and have the damn thing blow up the new owners house up

any thoughts ?

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 08:35:09 PM »
how do you test things like washers dryers and stoves which require more than a 110 outlet ?

Easy, in my real life I'm an electrician!  ;D

Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 08:50:06 PM »
You could get yourself a multimeter. There's lots of "how to's" online to testing power without access to a power source specifically with appliances. You could also lug them to a used appliance store, you may make a sale without having to put the work into posting ads, meeting people, etc.

Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 01:15:10 PM »
the electric im not to concerned about im more worried about the gas parts

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 02:16:42 PM »
the electric im not to concerned about im more worried about the gas parts

I was told you can get some kind of fitting for a propane tank to test the burners on a gas dryer. Never tried it, but it sounded good.

I always completely test appliances befors selling. Thinking of having a dryer plug put in the garage so I don't have to take them inside to test.

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 11:09:20 AM »
but I didn't want to give alloro a heart attack

Oh the stories I could tell...

Actually I like Millertime's idea of installing a dryer outlet in the garage. It makes a lot of sense and it's a lot safer than any temporary hook-up.

Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 03:00:22 PM »
sadly I dont have gas coming to the house at all and no garage either

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 03:35:52 PM »
sadly I dont have gas coming to the house at all and no garage either

Try switching to a spicy diet!

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 10:18:29 PM »
I have sold hundreds of appliances from storage units and I never tested any of them. Only one appliance was ever returned. Most people don't store appliances that don't work. Every now and then you might run across several non working appliances in one unit that belonged to a appliance repair person, but that's the exception.

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2013, 07:55:11 AM »
I have sold hundreds of appliances from storage units and I never tested any of them. Only one appliance was ever returned. Most people don't store appliances that don't work. Every now and then you might run across several non working appliances in one unit that belonged to a appliance repair person, but that's the exception.

I don't have that luck here! I have definitely had issues with refrigerators and flat screen TVs not working. Dryers & microwaves tend to be the only "trustworthy" appliances found in units. Even washing machines are hit or miss for me. 

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Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2013, 03:39:17 PM »
if its something easy to plug in and test i will if it requires buying parts of diff electrical voltage give discount and sell as untested

Re: how far do you go testing appliances before selling them
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2013, 07:13:27 AM »
Washermachine is easy to test.  Plug up waterhose, cord, and run it on a low setting for a full cycle.  If the tub leaks it is at the bottom normally.  If it doesn't agetate, etc. you can learn that quicly.  We've had a few leak or don't work.  Many times it's a $5 - $15 fix.

Dryers we have a 3 prong plug that we can test.  4 prong's we could test with a generator until we sold it.  We've decided to run both 3 and 4 plugs to an outside box at the store.

We test everything that comes into the store to the best of our ability.


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