For any number of reasons, you may eventually find it advantageous that you take your equipment to a repair shop instead of trying to make a repair yourself. If so, you may be wondering just how to go about choosing a service business. This short article should help point out a few things to consider in the process.

How do you select a doctor when you get sick or an attorney should trouble arise?

What do you look for in a business when repairs are required on:

  • Your automobile?
  • Your television?
  • Your appliances?
Defined:Main Entry: lawn mower
Function: noun
Date: 1869
: a machine for cutting grass on lawns
In light of those questions, the answer starts becoming very apparent; Professional!

What are the signs of a professionally run service business?

Defined:Main Entry: choose
Pronunciation: ‘chüz
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): chose /’chOz/; cho·sen /’chO-z&n/; choos·ing /’chü-zi[ng]/
Etymology: Middle English chosen, from Old English cEosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste
Date: before 12th century
transitive senses
1 a : to select freely and after consideration <choose a lawnmower> b : to decide on especially by vote : ELECT <chose her as captain>
2 a : to have a preference for <choose one repair shop over another> b : DECIDE <chose to use this lawnmower service>


  • Good lighting.
  • Attractive displays.
  • Well stocked inventories.
  • Helpful employees.
  • Knowledgeable service personnel.
  • Estimates given prior to repairs being made.
  • Old parts returned for the customer’s inspection.

Are you beginning to see the picture?

Defined:Main Entry: re·pair ser·vice
Pronunciation: ri-’par, -’per ’s&r-v&s
Function: intransitive verb / noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French repairier to go back to one’s country, from Late Latin repatriare, from Latin re- + patria, servitium condition of a slave, body of slaves, from servus slave
Date: 14th century
1 a : the occupation or function of serving repair
2 obsolete : RETURN
3: the work performed by one that serves repair work <good repair service>

However, don’t let the size of the business fool you because there are many smaller shops having only one to four employees, with small facilities and inventories that are operated in a professional manner! It is not the size of the building or the number of employees that makes the difference, but rather it is the desire, attitude and ability to offer professional service!

Tips for successful troubleshooting:

  • Keep it simple! Always check the easier things first, working towards the more complex!
  • Never assume that a system or component is working properly. Verify it!
  • Check only one area at a time and don’t move on to something else until you’ve eliminated the system or component as the cause for your problem.
  • If you become frustrated, take a breather and walk away from the problem for a while. Don’t allow your emotion to control your logic.
  • When in doubt, always refer to the proper repair instruction manuals for information and guidance.