Sometimes, repairing a part can be an efficient solution for many appliance problems. At this point, you should know how to get the right part and get it installed correctly. Otherwise, it will just be a waste of money as your appliance breaks again sooner or later. To prevent such an unfortunate situation, use this guideline on how to get your appliance repair parts:
Know What Appliance Repair Parts You Need
Do not rely on making the best guess. You must be sure of what parts you need, including the specification of the particular items. More than that, it is vital to make sure the part replacement can fix whatever problem you have with the appliance. If you are not certain about it, ask a licensed technician to inspect it.
Original Or Generic Brands
Original parts are the ideal items for repairing a broken appliance, especially if your warranty has not expired. But sometimes, these items are hard to find. You must pre-order them from the manufacturers. It may take a while before you can use your appliance again. Not to mention that sometimes, such parts are expensive. Nonetheless, you should contact your manufacturer to check the price and availability of the items you need.
Some technicians will also recommend you consider buying generic parts instead. These items are widely available and mostly cheaper. The only concern is the quality. Not all generic brands are terrible, but it may take a little bit of effort to find something comparable to your original brand. If your appliance is from a premium brand, it might be a little more difficult to find generic parts with similar quality to the original brands.
Is It Better to Repair Parts or Replace the Whole Unit?
It might be a little bit of a gamble because you can’t be 100% sure whether the repair job will be worth it or not. However, experts recommend the 50% rule as a shortcut. Your appliance repair job might be a good idea if it meets these two terms:
- The age of the appliance is less than 50% of its expected lifespan
- The repair cost (including the parts) is less than 50% of the price of the whole brand new unit
Otherwise, it might be better to buy a new unit and toss your old broken appliance. In this situation, spending money on appliance repair parts would be a waste of money.
DIY or Professional Technician?
According to some state laws, some appliances require licensed technicians to fix. If so, don’t risk doing a DIY project. Even if the law allows you to try fixing the problem yourself, it is better not to gamble with your luck if you don’t know what you have to do. Improper execution will not settle the issue. Instead, it may cause a bigger problem later.
Getting appliance repair parts can be tricky. If this seems to be too much for you to handle, get professional help. A licensed technician will inspect your broken appliance, determine the problem, and suggest some recommendations. They will also search for the parts, and explain to you the options, along with the pros and cons for each option. Lastly, they will perform the repair and give you some tips on how to keep the same issue from happening again.
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