When DIY Appliance Repair Makes Sense for Homeowners

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Sometimes an appliance will break down and it can be hard to decide whether to repair or replace it. Knowing when DIY appliance repair makes sense could save you a lot of time and money compared to trying to pay an appliance service professional or buy a new appliance.

DIY appliance repair is a good idea for home appliances that cost a lot of money, if they have user-serviceable parts. For example, a washing machine could last for a very long time, but the rubber seal around the drum might break down – you could prolong the life of the appliance by replacing that seal.  You could make a toaster last longer if the handle broke and you were able to replace the handle for a few dollars – but if the heating element is gone then it would take more time and stress to buy a new element take the toaster to bits and replace it than it would to just buy a new toaster.

Our grandparents grew up in a make-do and mend culture, and there is still a lot of value to that philosophy for high quality items. There are so many things that are disposable now, and it doesn’t make sense to repair them.

If you don’t want to be buying small household items then you might want to look into buying higher quality ones to start with. A discount store kettle or fryer is less likely to survive the rigors of day-to-day use than something that was made by a bigger brand and carries a higher price point. It’s hard to beat the old-fashioned ‘built to last’ appliances that your parents had though, so if you’re getting hand-me-downs from them, keep trying to patch them up instead of throwing them away. The service of an appliance repair Milwaukee technician could become necessary if you can’t fix anything on your own.