THERE are few things more inconvenient for families than when an appliance like a washing machines malfunctions or needs replacing. We've scoured the Greater Manchester region for repairs specialists and here are five.

John Irlam Domestic Appliances

52 Alston Avenue, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 7SX

John Irlam has more than 30 years’ experience in repairing washing machines, dishwashers, ovens and tumble dryers

He says: “I specialise in economically repairing domestic appliances - often the same day. All my work is guaranteed and I can work on any make of machine.

“I can supply new machines with either a five or 10-year guarantee on both parts and labour.

“If I can give safe advice for the customer to repair the machine themselves I often do (health and safety permitting).

“As a member of Green Peace I am passionate in maintaining the economic running of machines and saving my customers money.”

British Gas Kitchen Appliance Repairs

This “one-off kitchen appliance repair” service operates nationally.

It’s website says: “We can send one of our engineers to give you a fixed price quote and repair your appliance for you. And you don’t even need to be a customer.”

The company offers a fixed price with no hidden charges, all parts and labour included, a year-long guarantee for any work and no call out charge.

Home Electrics

109 Cross Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester, Lancashire, M26 2RJ

IF you need a washing machined repaired or installed, it might be an idea to try Home Electrics. Their website says: “We can work on washing machines, tumble dryers, refrigerators and a host of other home appliances. We can even repair older machines.

“We have high-quality replacement parts for all brands of electrical goods too.”

Premier Appliance Care

18 Greave, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 4PU Directions

Premier Appliance Care is a well- established company since 2003 that claims to have built up an enviable reputation.

Its website says: “We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and reliable service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work.”

Newbold Refrigeration

141 Milnrow Rd, Rochdale, OL16 5DN

Established since 1992, Newbold Refrigeration is a professional family run business providing quality services, including washing machine repairs at competitive rates.

It says: “We offer an extensive range of reconditioned appliances and in house repair service. We are fully qualified, experienced and will carry out all work to a very high standard.”

C & G Domestics

115 Castle St, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9AR

This company provides a complete domestic appliance repair service in Stockport, but also services surrounding areas. Callouts to domestic appliances are carried out by fully qualified engineers using the highest quality parts. Stockport Repairs provide same day service where possible, coupled with onsite repairs and 12- month guarantee on all repairs,