Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we are still here for customers that need us during this difficult time.
We are trying to keep things as close to normal as possible, but we do have extra safeguarding procedures in place.
- Our engineers are working on a reduced schedule so we have very limited slots available. Our engineers need a lot more time for each job to ensure they are able to follow all our safety requirements to the letter, so we can only take on a limited amount of calls.
- We are operating on an online basis only, our phone lines are not available during this time. We are however fully available by email and you can also do most things like book an appointment, get a quote or reschedule online without having to even speak to us.
- During our engineer visit, you MUST ensure that no person (adult or child) or pet enters the room that the engineer is working in, regardless of the room size.
- We are currently accepting Card payments only and these details must be provided before the arranged visit for chargeable repairs. This ensures our visits are entirely contact-free.
- We will continue to sign anything requiring a signature on your behalf, we will not ask you for sign anything during our visit.
- If the engineer needs to ask you anything, they will shout on you and you should answer WITHOUT entering the room they are in.
- Before our engineer visits, you must disinfect the appliance they are looking at and also the surrounding area. We would strongly advise this is also carried out after our visit just to be safe.
At present we can only accept card payments, as this is the only method that allows a complete contact-free visit.
Please visit our Samsung Booking Page where you can provide details to us and raise a job. If you have already provided details to us or to Samsung and they were going to raise a job, please use the text message sent to you. If you have only reported this within the last 1 business day and have not received a text message from us, please wait for this to arrive, there is nothing we can do until this is sent out and you can then use that text to book an appointment. If you reported this more than 1 business day and have not received a text message from us, please email us including your address details and when you reported it.
To minimise driving time and allow our engineers to optimise their routes as best as possible, we are currently only offering 8am-5pm appointment slots.
While we were recently covering ML postcodes for Samsung, this was only a temporary measure to help out in the current situation as some other service centres were understaffed. This coverage has now ended and if you live in the ML postcode area, you should contact Samsung directly as we can no longer raise jobs for this area.
Absolutely not. We are a local family run company with our own engineers and we never outsource any repairs to other appliance repair companies.
We believe in having a fully transparent approach to pricing and we feel that publishing all of our pricing online is the best way to accomplish that. We also do not believe in forcing you to book only during office hours as a problem occurring after hours would then mean waiting until the next morning to arrange an appointment. In our case, you could book in the middle of the night for the next morning and our engineer could have repaired your appliance before other companies even return your call to arrange an appointment.
All of our engineers are directly employees, we do not use self-employed engineers to carry out work for us.
Unfortunately we are only able to carry out jobs for private customers within our coverage area. We do at times expand our areas to help cover for some of our larger contract customers, but the areas listed here would always be updated in that case. If your area is not currently listed as being covered, we would unforunately by unable to help at this time.
We currently cover the complete EH postcode area.
Do you repair?
As a Samsung Authorised Service Centre, we do repair commercial Samsung appliances excluding commercial Microwaves. We do not however repair any other brands or hold parts in stock for any other commercial appliances.
Sorry, we do not repair vacuum cleaners at present.
We are unable to repair gas appliances, however we can normally help with electrical issues on dual-fuel appliances, such as faulty electric ovens. Please note that we are not able to help with any gas issues or issues with the gas ignition system.
Sorry, this is not a service we provide. We would recommend contacting your manufacturer as they will likely be able to advise who can repair your item.
Sorry, we only repair kitchen appliances and do not repair any audio/visual products.
Sorry, however as top loaders are not as common as front loaders, our engineers simply do not all have the necessary experience of such an appliance to be able to guarantee an effective repair in all cases. It is for this reason we do not accept repairs for top loader appliances and would advise you contact the manufacturer of your appliance for details of their service network.
In most cases we can visit to generate a report of your appliance fault, however some specific faults may be problematic for us to create a report for and in these cases we would be unable to help. In the case of a report being provided, there is a labour charge for the report itself and any further repair would be treated as a new job with new pricing. Reports can only be provided where you have contacted us first and arranged a full report while booking the visit, it cannot be arranged once the engineer is on-site. Please note that although you would be comissioning any report, it would be fully impartial and this may mean our engineer reports something you are not happy with, this is outwith our control as we must remain impartial.
Sorry, we do not accept any appliances being dropped off to us as all of our repairs are carried out in the customer's premises.
The quickest and easiest way to get a quote or to book an appointment is to use our Online Booking Facility which is available 24 hours a day and can be used even when our offices are closed.
Please visit our Dedicated Booking Section where you can enter a few details and see our real-time availability.
While most of our online booking system is automated, in the background the date actually needs to be manually approved by our staff so every date is checked before being approved. You can rest assured if we have accepted your date, we will be with you on that date and if any unforseen issues do arise that may affect your appointment, we will be in contact.
When choosing an appointment one of the options you may be provided is our 2 hour window. This appointment is initially booked for the day of your choice between 8am and 6pm, then on the day of the appointment our engineer will send you a text message advising of a 2 hour window during which they will arrive on-site. This window will be sent to you with at least one hour notice of the window. So if for example, your appointment window is 4pm-6pm, the engineer would notify you of this window by at least 3pm. This means if you are leaving work for the engineer, you can schedule for a few hours off rather than sitting in all day. Please note however that to take advantage of this window, you must be available for any 2 hour window sent to you and must provide a mobile number for us to provide the window on.
The manufacturer may misinterpret your reported fault and pass it to us as something else or they may miss a crucial detail you have provided as they didn't think it was relevant. By asking you directly what the issue you are experiencing is, we get first hand the details from you rather than someone else's wording of what they think the issue is. Once our engineer arrives they will once again ask for the details directly from you to ensure nothing has changed since you reported it to us.
The dates we show you during booking are real-time, meaning they are are only shown if we have available slots during that time and they change immediately if someone else books or reschedules away from from that slot, however we do still need to approve all dates to ensure there are no problems with the date you have picked. Various issues need to be checked such as the area you live in, the engineers who have availability and also the skillset of the engineer who has availability. We always aim to let you know ASAP if there is any problem with the slot chosen.
As standard, we offer 3 different appointment slots, morning between 8am-1pm, afternoon between 12pm-6pm and we also offer a 2 hour window appointment. Please note that all appointments are offered based on availability and certain appointments may not be available on specific dates.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide exact times for appointments. Our engineers route their own runs on the day and due to reschedules, new jobs being added, having to help other engineers with jobs or other factors such as traffic they encounter or jobs being quicker/taking longer than expected, their run can and does change multiple times during a day. At the start of the day you may be allocated the last slot in the morning, but at any time that could change due to any of the above reasons and you end up being one of their first appointments instead, or vice-versa. This is why we provide appointment slots rather than exact times.
The engineer will send a courtesy text to you around 10 minutes before visiting but we do require that someone is on-site when they arrive.
A lot of companies will claim to provide exact times, but as they are restricted by the same constraints as us, they are simply promising something that they will likely be regularly unable to provide. We believe it is better to be upfront and advise we can't do it before you book, rather than waiting until the day of the appointment and then turning up earlier or later than arranged anyway.
If you require extended notice such as an hour before we visit, please see the above mentioned 2 hour window appointment as this provides at least 1 hours notice before visiting.
As standard for our morning and afternoon appointments, our engineer will send you a text message to advise they are on their way to your property. Please note that this text message is provided as a courtesy and we cannot be responsible for any delays in the delivery of the message.
While booking, if you can't get the specific date/appointment you wanted you can either choose another date or you can keep checking. Our online booking dates shown do change in real-time, so a date not available just now may become available later. Once booked, you will receive a reschedule link in the text message sent to you and clicking this link will allow you to reschedule your appointment if required.
While the manufacturer may ask you which appointment date you would prefer, this is simply a preferred date and is used internally to calculate whether targets are being met or not. Any date you arrange with them is not a confirmed booking for us to visit as they do not have access to book jobs on our diary. Once the job has been pulled into our system, you will be contacted by us and you must then select a date for the visit to take place .
Our pricing is based on 2 different repair types:
Please note that All-Inclusive repairs are only offered on some appliance/brand combinations. During booking you will be presented with the options available for your specific appliance.
During signup please select that you are a landlord and you will be requested to provide payment details for the repair.
While our fixed labour rate covers 99% of repairs, it does not cover some specialist or very time-consuming repairs, such as regasses, compressor changes, tub/drum or bearing replacement. In these situations, we would advise of costs involved before proceeding.
Please note that you must have the physical card in your possession, as our engineers carry card readers, they cannot accept written details of a card.
We do not under any circumstances accept cheques or invoice private customers.
While booking a repair, you will be offered the ability to enter multiple appliances to be looked at during the same visit from the Cart page. If you add multiple PAYG repairs to be looked at within a single visit, the most expensive repair on the day would be charged at full price and all other PAYG repairs would receive a 50% discount.
Sometimes when you explain your issue to the manufacturer, they report a different issue to us as they have simply misunderstood the issue you are reporting. To prevent issues where we order parts based on an incorrect fault report, we ask you to provide details of the issue to us directly, this lets us triage your job based on your words, not the description someone else has taken from what they understood you were trying to report.
If your repair is to be carried out under warranty, please contact the manufacturer and they will be able to raise a new warranty call. A call raised any other way will not result in a visit under warranty. Once the manufacturer passes this information to us, one of our engineers will triage the most likely parts and we would then send you a booking text that will allow you to choose an appointment. Please rest assured that once we have your job details sent over we will be in touch, however please note it can take up to 6 hours for this text to be received and we ask that you allow this time before contacting us as our office would be unable to help you until this text has been sent to you. Any contact attempts sent before this text will automatically be closed when the system sends the text to you.
Please contact the manufacturer directly and provide them with the model and serial number for your appliance, they should then advise whether or not your appliance is covered by any warranty and arrange a warranty call if required.
Manufacturer warranties only normally cover defects in materials and workmanship. This means if our engineer visits and cannot find a manufacturing defect with your appliance, it would normally be treated as a chargeable visit. Issues that are not manufacturing defects include but are not limited to , incorrect installation, physical damage, lack of maintenance or no fault found. So to give a real-life example, if our engineer visits under warranty because your washing machine is not draining and they find the pump has failed due to a manufacturing fault, this would be fully repaired under warranty at no cost to you. If however the engineer visited and found the pump had failed due to something getting stuck in it like a coin or other foreign object, this would not be covered by your warranty and you would be fully responsible for the cost of repair, including labour and any parts required.
On the Day
Please note that the appointment you are provided with is the time the engineer can arrive at your property, so for example if your appointment is booked between 8am-1pm then our engineer may arrive at any point up until 1pm. In some extreme circumstances, delays can occur and we are unable to meet your arranged appointment, however we would where possible do our very best to keep you informed about any potential delays.
As we allow customers to book and reschedule even on the day, this means our diary is completely fluid and changes regularly. Up until the point the engineer notifies you that they are on their way to your property, they may be diverted to an emergency job or may hit heavy traffic and change their original route to compensate. Due to this, we are unable to narrow down your appointment on the day and can only advise that our engineer will be with you during the originally scheduled appointment slot.
Every one of our engineers wear identification lanyards around their necks. If you are booking for an elderly relative, we would always suggest that you use a mobile phone number where possible and this will mean when our engineer is on the way to their property, they will send a text message advising how long until they arrive and also very importantly, the text message will also contain the name of the engineer who will be visiting. They can then ask for identification when the engineer arrives and match that to the name provided in the text message.
If your appliance was not working when you reported it but it has started working on the day of the visit, it may be that you are better to pospone the visit until it stops working again. When our engineer visits, if the appliance is working then any checks carried out would highly likely result in us being unable to find the fault, meaning there is nothing for us to repair. This is especially true for a lot of fridge freezer faults, as if the appliance is cooling correctly when we visit, there is not really a way for us to say why it stopped working in the past. If you are in any doubt about whether to continue with the visit or not, please call our office ASAP.
During signup on our online booking system there is an option to select that you are the landlord and you want to pay by phone.
Yes, this is the preferred way we operate. During booking, you will be asked for your tenant's contact details and we will contact them directly, keeping you up to date by email along the way.
We value all of our landlords and because of this we make MyLothian available for all landlords, regardless of how many jobs you have sent us or how many properties you have.
As a landlord, you will automatically receive an email from us when a new receipt has been created. Please allow 7 days after job completion. For private customers, a receipt will be provided on-site when the engineer processes payment.
During the process of booking a new job, you will be able to specify that you are a landlord. After booking with this option, you will be automatically setup on our MyLothian system and an email will be sent advising of your login details.
During signup, simply select that you are a landlord and you will be given an option to login to Mylothian. Logging in means we only need to ask for details relating to your new job and nothing else.
To cancel, please use the link in the text message that was sent to you or call us on 0131 516 2080 asap. If you are calling us, please be sure to provide details of your appointment/property as without this we will have no way to know who you are. Once we have received your message, we will process your cancellation asap. Cancellations through the text provided are processed immediately. Please note that no confirmation will be sent for cancelled appointments.
When you booked your appointment, you would have been sent a text message and this should include a link that allows you to reschedule. If you have not received a text or do not have it any more, please call us and leave a message with your details and mention that you wish to reschedule, we will send you a new booking text to allow picking of a suitable appointment.
Our engineers all carry a very extensive van stock at all times, however they need to first inspect the appliance to determine what parts are required. In the event that the engineer does not have the required part in their van, you would not be charged any extra for the return visit to fit the parts. Please note that for a chargeable visit, even if you advise a specific part is damaged the engineer would normally visit first to inspect the appliance to ensure that is the only part required. This is to prevent situations where we order parts and they are either not required or we are left out of pocket for those parts when we find another more major fault with the appliance. If you insist on us visiting with a specific part before inspection, please do not request this during booking, please call us before you request a date for visit. In this case, payment would be taken upfront for the part and it would be non-refundable in the event that the part is not actually required or does not repair the issue we are called out to. It is due to this that we ask that you allow us to inspect the appliance and only order the parts that we determine are actually required to complete your repair.
If during the inspection of your appliance by our engineer it is determined that parts are required for your repair, we would then source and provide those parts. We do not however supply parts for you or someone else to fit yourself.