Californians love their smart appliances—especially in Sacramento. Nowadays, you can get a smart version of any of these appliances:
- Water Heater.
- HVAC System.
- Garage Door Opener.
With a smart appliance, you can monitor and control the product using your Smart phone.
If you don’t already smart home appliances, consider adding them next time you shop for replacements.
Sears Appliance Repair in Sacramento provides the best smart appliance service in the area. Our service technicians are trained to fix smart appliances of all brands including:
No matter where you bought it, Sacramento Appliance Repair can fix your smart appliance quickly and accurately. Our appliance repair trucks are in Sacramento neighborhoods daily. We have same-day or next-day service available in many areas of Sacramento.
How Can I Troubleshoot My Smart Appliance Myself?
Because smart appliances use electronic control boards to monitor and control operations, most smart products will send your smartphone a notification when a problem occurs. Check the owner’s manual for your smart appliance to get basic troubleshooting tips when you’re notified about a problem with your smart appliance.
Sometimes, a problem is more serious and may require you to schedule a service call to fix your smart appliance. When this occurs, you may also see an error code flashing on the control display. If the code is described in your owner’s manual, you can look up the code on our convenient appliance error code charts. Look up the appliance error code and if you’re comfortable following DIY appliance troubleshooting advice, complete the recommended steps to help you fix the problem causing the error code. If you get to a point where you’re not completely confident that you can safely continue troubleshooting the appliance yourself, have one of our Sacramento Appliance Repair experts diagnose and repair the product.
How Can I Keep My Smart Appliance From Breaking Down?
Keeping your smart appliance in top condition will help you enjoy the full advantages of connected appliance benefits. You can schedule a reminder to have your smart appliance cleaned and maintained annually by a Sacramento Appliance Repair Technician. In addition to cleaning and checking the operation of your smart appliance, the technician will check the operation of smart features and Wi-Fi connection.
When you have multiple smart appliances, you can bundle Clean & Maintain services from Sacramento Appliance Repair Service and save. Schedule Clean & Maintain Service on Kitchen and Laundry Appliances for one low price. We’ll clean and maintain your washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and range all at once.
Yearly professional maintenance and cleaning won’t just help prevent unexpected appliance failures, it will also help keep your appliances lasting longer.
How Do I Keep My Smart Appliances From Being Hacked?
While we encourage you to enjoy the conveniences of having smart appliances, we also warn you to take steps to keep your appliances safe from hackers.
Yes, it’s great that you can start your washer right before you leave work, be alerted when your refrigerator door is left open and adjust the furnace thermostat when you’re on the go. But with these web-connected appliances comes the risk of a hacker with malevolent intent taking control of your devices to, say, turn off the refrigerator so your food spoils or spy on you with a smart device camera.
So when you’re using smart appliances and devices, follow this advice to keep your Wi-Fi and smart appliances secure from hackers.
Set Tough Passwords
Good passwords are a combination of letters, numbers and special characters that even the person closest to you would never guess—that rules out the names of anyone you know and their birthdates.
Once you come up with a great password, you might be tempted to use it everywhere, but don’t. If a hacker manages to break the code, every system that uses that password is vulnerable.
To keep your smart appliance secure, set these two passwords:
- Wi-Fi administrator. If you didn’t change the default administrator user name and password when you set up your router, do it now. Hackers know the default passwords manufacturers’ use for routers. Follow the instructions that came with your router to change the default administrator password.
- Wi-Fi access. Your Wi-Fi access password should be as strong as the administrator password (but not the same). Change the Wi-Fi access password periodically to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.
Use strong Wi-Fi security encryption
Wi-Fi signal encryption scrambles the information that your devices send, so hackers can’t eavesdrop on your Wi-Fi network or attack your devices with viruses.
Many routers’ initial default settings have the encryption security turned off. Make sure encryption security on your router is on and set to Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2).
If the router uses outdated Wired Equivalency Privacy (WEP) security or the initial WPA protocol, update your router’s firmware (visit the manufacturer’s website for updates) or get a new router.
Limit Network Device Access
A hacker who can’t see your device can’t hack it. Here are three ways to hide:
- Set up Media Access Control (MAC) filtering to limit devices that can join your Wi-Fi network. Configure a list of devices that can access your Wi-Fi router and then enable MAC filtering. The filtering only grants those devices access to your Wi-Fi, for an extra layer of protection.
- Shut off the router’s remote management access. Remote management lets the manufacturer provide technical support and access your router’s controls. Leaving this feature enabled can allow hackers to electronically invade your home network and access your appliances’ software.
- Change your Wi-Fi router’s SSID. The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is your Wi-Fi router’s name, and it typically includes the router’s brand and model number. Change the default name so no one in your router’s range can see the type of router that you use. Hackers can exploit Wi-Fi router security vulnerabilities if they know the model number. Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for your router to change the router’s name.
Keep Up With Updates
Firmware and software updates fix bugs and security gaps. Keep current on updates to your wireless router and your appliances’ smart phone app. To get e-mail reminders when router updates are available, register your wireless router with the manufacturer and sign up to receive update notifications.
You should also regularly install updates to your appliances’ smart phone app. Phone app updates sometimes fix security flaws and bugs that could leave your appliance vulnerable to hackers.
Whether you’ve had smart appliances for a while or you’ve just invested in them, use these tips to check for any gaps in web security. Following the suggestions gives you the best protection against hackers so you can enjoy all the helpful features your smart appliances offer.
If your smart appliance breaks down or you can’t connect to the controls using your smartphone, schedule a Sacramento Appliance Repair Technician to visit your home and fix the problem.