No matter how carefully you look after your appliances, at some point, they are going to break down. Everything that has been manufactured eventually wears out. When that happens, it is worth seeing if you can repair it yourself.
In a lot of cases, you will be able to do exactly that. It is easy to find appliance parts here
which overcomes the main hurdle. Once you have established that you can still get parts for
the appliance you are planning to repair all you need to do is to get the job done. Here are a
few tips to help you to do exactly that.
Use YouTube to Find Out How to Make the Repair
YouTube is a fantastic source of free information. There are thousands of videos showing
you how to repair everything from a leaky washing machine hose to changing the heating
element in your dishwasher.
Often, you will be able to find a step-by-step how-to video for the make and model of the
appliance you own. If you cannot, don´t worry, you will still be able to work it out with the
help of a generic repair video like this one.
Ask a Friend for Advice
If you are still struggling, ask a friend. Two heads are better than one. Especially if that other
head happens to belong to someone who has had more experience of repairing appliances
than you have.
Having an extra pair of hands available is always a good idea. For example, getting the drum
belt back on after changing your washing machine bearings is much, much easier when
someone is there to help stretch it out a little.
Make Sure That You Have The Right Tools
Before you start, make sure that you have the right tools. If you do not already own what you
need try borrowing from friends and neighbors. Or, if you prefer, buy them second-hand.
Give Yourself Plenty of Space to Work In
Working in cramped conditions is difficult, especially when you are trying to do something
that you are not used to. It is better to completely disconnect your dishwasher so that you
can pull it right out from under the counter than to squeeze behind it and try to work that
Make sure that your workspace is well lit. If you have a head torch, wear that too.
Take Your Time
Never try to rush a repair job. You don´t want to put yourself under too much pressure and
make a mistake.
Know When To Call In The Professionals
Most of the time you will be able to complete the fix. But it is important to be aware of your
limitations. For example, if the repair involves replacing wiring it is best to get an electrician
to do it. If something is seized solid or you feel there is a risk of hurting yourself call a
Learn From Your New Skills
Repairing appliances is something that a lot of people end up enjoying. If you are one of
them, consider setting up your own repair business as a side hustle. This short video tells
you what you need to know to be able to do that.