Is it a DIY Project or a Job For a Repair Professional?

DIY vs DIFM

Our quiz will help you find out whether to fix those appliances yourself or call in an expert.

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question.

As for the answer? We’re here to walk you through the decision-making process. The next time one of your appliances conks out, determine whether you’re better off rolling up your sleeves or calling in a repairman.

diy or call a professional

Whether you’re a die-hard DIYer or a DIFMer (Do-It-For-Me-er), we’ve got you covered.

Tackle common refrigerator and freezer problems, dishwasher fixes, broken washing machine solutions or dryer projects today.

More of a DIFM type? That’s not a bad thing: Doing your own repairs can be potentially dangerous. Sears Home Services has your back — no matter where you bought the appliance. Contact the Sears Experts online to schedule an appointment.

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Is it a DIY Project or a Job For a Repair Professional?

Do It Yourself (DIY) vs Do It For Me (DIFM) Do you have what it takes to DIY, or do you skew more DIFM? Take this quiz to find out.

When the room goes dark, you: A) Grab a fresh light bulb and a ladder. Within seconds, the room is aglow again. Or B) Figure it’s time for bed, anyway. Why bother with all that lefty-loosey/righty-tighty business.

When the next-door neighbor asks to borrow a screwdriver: A) You promptly return with one, along with a wrench, hammer and socket set – just in case. Or B) The closest you can find is a plastic one from your toddler’s “tool kit.”

That time the icemaker in your freezer went on strike: A) You unplugged the refrigerator, replaced the water valve and had the thing humming again in minutes. Sweet success! Or B) You tried to follow the directions you found online, but you unscrewed the icemaker without unplugging the fridge – and got zapped.

The last time you stayed with the in-laws: A) You took a brush to the condenser coils on their fridge. That grime was wasting energy – they’ll thank you later! B) You woke them in the middle of the night to help you turn on the AC.

The website that auto-populates in your browser is: A) searspartsdirect.com. With the right parts in hand, you never cease to impress your family with your mad skills. B) searshomeservices.com. You’ve called in their techs so often, they’re thinking of naming you Customer of the Year.

According to your calendar, this Saturday morning: A) You’re wide open – not a commitment in sight! Or B) You don’t have a spare second between the soccer game, neighborhood meeting, and bake sale.

Your PBS show of choice is: A) This Old House. Where else can you learn about gutter maintenance and tile grouting all in one place? Or B) Downton Abbey. You fantasize about having a helpful staff to take care of everything for you.

The Verdict: So, which are you?

Mostly As: You’re true DIY material. You have the tools, time, know-how, and enthusiasm to tackle everything from a cold oven to a wonky washing machine.

Mostly Bs: You’re good at a lot of things. Repairing appliances just isn’t one of them. Fear not. The talented techs at Sears have you covered.

No matter what level of mechanical talent you have, Sears Home Services has a solution for you. Even if you’ve attempted an unsuccessful fix, we can complete the repair for you.