When it comes to the kind of appliance repair Austin residents seek, it can be hard to nail down what that means. After all, Austin is the capital of Texas, a state with a history of an independent streak. Residents regularly tout the saying, “Keep Austin Weird”, which pertains to the city’s sense of quirkiness and its desire to maintain a level of autonomy in all walks of life – even regarding their home appliances.Luckily for the modern Austin-area resident, getting to understand the world of appliance maintenance & repair, even as a beginner, isn’t too daunting, but it can be eye-opening.For starters, take a look under the lid of a washing machine. The manufacturer has included a guide on how to best use the washer, but how many of us tend to ignore it? We figure that a modern washing machine can handle serious amounts of laundry, but of course, this isn’t the case. This misuse compromises the washer & could completely ruin it.How exactly does washer misuse affect someone in Austin? It may not mean much when you consider the city’s household median income of about $63,000, but having to replace a washing machine due to bad practices is not fiscally responsible regardless of income. Even if it’s a simple repair, Austin is in Travis County, which shows an average of about $250 for an appliance repair.In Austin, temperatures at their hottest can average in the upper 90s (2011 had a record high temperature of 112 degrees). There’s certainly a strain on air-conditioning during this type of heat, but a refrigerator or freezer in the garage is something you’ll regularly find in Austin due to a high number of hunters in the area. The issue at hand is the heat in the garage. Refrigerators & freezers have a hard time wicking heat away, which means the motor works overtime. Ultimately, you can push the motor too hard, resulting in a need for, at best, a motor replacement, or at worse, a full fridge replacement.A downed fridge or freezer can add up quickly beyond replacement. Per Austin’s official city website, the city had a wasted food value of over $200 million dollars in 2014. If the mode of refrigeration in the garage can be compromised by the omnipresent Texas heat, Austin residents would be better served either providing a more suitable environment for their long-storage refrigeration unit of choice or better utilizing space in their kitchen freezer & refrigerator.Finally, finding alternative options or balancing the need for using certain appliances should be considered. For example, Austin is classified as having a humid subtropical climate which means long, hot summers. The city also experiences relatively low annual rainfall. Residents can try to adopt to use a clothesline to dry clothing more often than using a dryer (check local “right to dry” laws). It saves electricity, extends the life of your dryer, and it keep temperatures in your home cool.In the end, a schedule of basic maintenance & common sense usage for appliances is the kind of appliance repair Austin residents, including surrounding areas, of which they should be attuned. A beginner guide to appliance repair & maintenance is important, but it only works to its greatest benefit when coupled with common sense.