There is no doubt that, right now, for many, money is particularly tight. Sadly, an awful lot of people have lost their jobs or are working fewer hours than they used to because of the coronavirus crisis. This has led many of us to cook more at home, buy fewer clothes, and grow our own vegetable garden. Doing these things has made it possible for us to get by week to week. But it would only take one of our appliances to break to tip us over into not having enough funds to get through the week. So, today, I am going to share a few tips to help you to carry out your own repairs.
Parts are easier to find than you think
One of the biggest hurdles people face is sourcing the items the parts they need. In the past, doing this would have been tricky. But, nowadays, if you search for appliance parts online, you will usually find what you need. Just be careful to use a well-established supplier that has a fair returns policy. Ideally, you want to use a company that offers you the chance to speak to them before you buy. That way you can get a little extra guidance about which parts you need.
Working out what is wrong
But, before you can order what you need, you have to work out what is wrong. If you still have the instruction manual for your appliance, check there first. Often, towards the back, you will find a troubleshooting table. It is surprising how often you find the answer in there. Plus, usually, there will be a way to hard reset your appliance, which can, on occasion, end up solving the problem.
If you do not find the answer there, turn to the online community. You will be surprised by how often searching for the make, appliance type and a brief description of the issue brings back helpful information.
Learning how to make the repair
Once you have gone through the troubleshooting process, you can order the parts you need. But, before you do, it is wise to go online and make sure that you can find a couple of decent videos you can follow to carry out the repair. The last thing you need is to have your washing machine parts scattered over the floor with no clue about how to put it back together again.
When repairing your electrical goods, it is important to stay safe. This short YT video demonstrates why you need to pay attention to this and shows you some ways you can do that.
So, the next time your washing machine stops working or your TV screen goes blank, don’t panic about the fact that you do not have the funds to replace it. Instead, have a go at repairing it yourself.