When your appliances are broken, you’re not the only one
Updated October 15, 2020 09:57:30When your appliances break, youre not the first one.
A recent study found that about a quarter of all US households have at least one appliance that has a broken circuit or that washes out or corrodes easily.
And a third of those appliances are connected to the internet, making it even more important to have a backup plan.
“The Internet is where the majority of breakage occurs,” said Mark Reuss, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, the trade group for consumer electronics manufacturers.
“Internet is where it’s happening the most.
It’s the largest source of data that you can get, so youve got to be aware of it.”
If youve been told that your washing machine broke, there is a good chance it has.
And thats not just because of the fact that its probably not broken.
Internet-connected household appliances are also likely to be plugged into the same water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or vacuum.
“If the water is not running, the water heater and vacuum are not working,” Reuss said.
“Youve got a lot of people who have these appliances, and theyre not getting it fixed.”
For this reason, the CEA recommends that people turn off their internet-connected appliances when theyre done with their household chores.
The internet is a natural habitat for broken appliances, Reuss says, and the more often they are plugged into an internet-enabled appliance, the more likely they are to break.
Internet is also a source of potential damage to other connected devices.
For example, a home may have a television that is plugged into a television remote.
Thats where the power can be turned off, and when that happens, the TV is broken.
A person might also use their smartphone to check email or watch a video.
That means that a computer or other device plugged into internet-powered appliances could get caught in the web of connections.
“A lot of times, people don’t realize what is happening,” Reus said.
For these reasons, the Consumer Electronic Association recommends that if youre unsure if your appliance has a problem, or if it has been connected to an internet outlet, it’s best to get a backup power plan.
“Just because it doesnt break doesn’t mean it will,” Reuse said.
The CEA is urging consumers to get their appliances connected to a power source whenever possible.
For example: A smart phone plugged into any of the following appliances: A TV remote that is connected to internet-equipped appliances, a dishwasher, a washing machine or a refrigerator, or any internet-accessed appliance that is a priority item in your household, or to an appliance that needs to be connected to any outlet, such as a washing machines.
An appliance that receives a lot use or frequent electricity.
A lightbulb or other light source that has been plugged into Internet-connected appliance.
A dishwasher that is disconnected from internet-accessible appliances.
If your water heater or vacuum has been disconnected, its likely that it has also been plugged in, said Mike Stoll, a spokesman for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
“And if youve not plugged in it yet, the appliance may be causing the problem.”
In a home with an internet connection, even if the water heating or vacuum are running, you can also be more vigilant, Stoll said.
If you dont know, turn on your internet-based appliance.
If the appliance doesnt work, get a replacement.
Reuss recommends the following power plan: Plug in a breaker bar to the breaker panel on your appliance.
It should be connected in such a way that it will be fully disconnected when the breaker is turned off.
Set your appliance to run only when you want it to.
Plug the breaker bar into the outlet where the appliance normally uses electricity.
Then, turn the breaker on, and turn it off.
The breaker should not be plugged in until it is off.