Your electronic devices may be burning up to 35% more power than what it was designed for. They also may be costing you hundreds in repair per year. Refrigerators and mobile phones top the list but they shouldn’t be in the top 5 if we understand one important fact. Today’s devices are programmed to correct themselves and reset to their low energy consumption. Surprisingly, even though our television screens have more than double in size in 10 years, they are actually 30% more efficient than our older tube TVs, even with the extra screen size.
If you ever worked for an electronic repair service similar to Geek Squad or a local appliance and electronic repair shop, you may recall on the first day of training being told the following; Never restart a device in front of a customer if you can help it, at least not for the first 31 minutes of diagnosing the devices problem so we can charge a full hour if the device just needed to be unplugged or restarted for a few seconds.
In fact, if you ever search Yelp or other comment websites for individuals or companies that cater to a computer, WiFi or another electronic device repair, you’ll find two types of comments. One type will say, ” The tech figured out the problem within minutes…Thanks, Joe Repair!” or “I can’t believe the tech charged me for a full hour when it only took him only 3 minutes to repair the problem…”
In Reality, most of today’s electronics have reset cache programs built into their hardware. This means that the device can reset itself back to the last task it was doing successfully. Mobile phones, alarms, security camera systems, cable and DSL modems as well as routers and WiFi devices all come with cache reset programs. Some of these devices like security camera systems can even be restarted remotely from a computer or a mobile app when they are not working properly.
So before you call a computer tech who wants to charge a minimum of $90 an hour to repair your device’s problem, make sure you unplug the power to the unit for a few seconds and start again. You’ll be surprised how much time and money you’ll save.
On certain occasions, make sure to restart all of your devices that stay powered on a continuous basis. Devices run hotter and demand more power when they are experiencing a cache problem. You may not notice your device working harder but it may be trying to overcome a looped failure or multiple cache request that are no longer needed.
Here are a few devices that should be restarted on a regular basis to keep it from inconveniently crashing.
Mobile Phones and Tablets – Once a day
Security Cameras or systems- Once a month
Modems & Routers – Once every two month
WiFi Devices – Once every two months
Large Appliances – Once a year ( Refrigerators and stoves also need lint vacuumed below and behind them. Refrigerators can run up to 40% harder when airflow is restricted to the metal coils and certain stoves have been known to catch lent behind and underneath the stove on fire)