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How viable is repairing your own home appliances?

 In the current economic climate, for many people saving money wherever they can has become a priority. The cost of living is climbing in most countries and looks set to continue to do so for some time.

As a result, more people are interested in repairing their own home appliances. Something that is more viable than you may realize.

Parts are becoming easier to find online

It really does not matter which brand of appliances you own; you can normally find what you need to repair them by going online. For example, you can easily source replacement parts for Kenmore brand appliances here. All you need is the make and model number. Usually, you can find that on the back of the appliance or in the manual that came with your washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator. If you are not sure of where it is, or the print is no longer legible, the parts retailer will usually be able to help you to find the information that you need.

There are plenty of how-to guides for you to follow

It is also relatively easy to find repair videos. Some like this one will show you how to repair a specific make and model. While others will take a more generic approach. Most home appliances work in the same way, which means that the components that make them up are the same - a bit like a car. Every car has a radiator and every washing machine has a heating element. In most cases, changing a part in one washer is more or less the same as changing that same part in a washer that has been made by a different manufacturer. So, do not worry if you cannot find a how-to repair video for your specific make or model. Usually, you will be able to watch a few and figure it out.

Ask an expert online

If, at any time you feel a bit lost you can simply ask an expert for advice. This can be done online using websites like this one. Or you could try asking in a DIY forum or leaving your question as a comment below a relevant YouTube how to repair video.

Sometimes you will be able to get help via one of the online retailers that sell spare parts. Many of them employ professional repairers to run their helplines, which are accessible via live chat, phone, or email. Parts firms want to make as many sales as possible. So, it is very much in their interest to be as helpful as possible. Something that makes them a particularly good source of information.

Ask a friend

The first time you carry out a repair try to get a friend to help you. Two pairs of eyes are better than one and they will be there to hold things while you screw things together.

As you can see repairing your appliances is a viable option. Just be sure to take your time and, if possible, work in a well-lit area that is not too cramped.

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