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Broken appliances: when to repair and when to replace?

It is well known that we are now living in an era of planned obsolescence, which means that even the most expensive objects and devices have a limited lifespan. Not to mention that this lifespan is often much less than it should be, given the price or the manufacture of the item. This is particularly the case […]

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It is well known that we are now living in an era of planned obsolescence, which means that even the most expensive objects and devices have a limited lifespan. Not to mention that this lifespan is often much less than it should be, given the price or the manufacture of the item.

This is particularly the case for small household appliances as well as household appliances. Indeed, you may know of a fridge from the 1950s that still performs just as well

Obviously as consumers concerned not only with our wallet but of course with the environment as well, it is important to try to fight against this planned obsolescence, which is in fact a form of waste.

There are more and more initiatives to repair appliances rather than systematically throwing them away; for example, Sweden now grants tax benefits for people who choose to repair rather than replace, whether for a bicycle, a washer, etc.

But the question remains: in which situations is it better to repair, and at what point do you have to let go? The answers here.

When to repair

The magazine, on the other hand, recommends against having a device repaired whose costs exceed the residual value. The Consumer Reports site proposes to never exceed 50% of the value of the purchase for repair.

These are indeed good rules from a monetary point of view, but we can still go further … If we want to keep these devices as long as possible for environmental reasons or even in a conscious desire to consume less, we can sometimes do them repair even if they have little residual / market value. This is the case if we are reasonably sure that they should not break afterwards, among other things.

A very useful table

In small appliances and appliances, it is often the same things that tend to break. Above, an explanatory table also from Protégés-magazine, listing the price of the most common repairs for 5 common household appliances.

Some of these repairs are pretty reasonable and definitely worth doing, while others, like the ball bearing in a washing machine or the compressor in a fridge, are surprisingly expensive!

It goes without saying that to avoid many surprises, it is better to ask for an estimate before committing to carry out the repair.

Short guide, per device

Before calling a technician: Clean the underside and back of the fridge, especially the spiral that allows it to work well. Also check if the rubber seal around the doors is still intact, it can be easily fixed you.

Call a technician when: The fridge no longer holds its temperature and is constantly above 4 ° C.

Replace if: The fridge is from before 1997. A new model, which will meet Energy Star standards, will easily cost $ 100 less in electricity per year.

Planned obsolescence

This term takes up the idea of ​​devices built to deteriorate at the end of their warranty period. The goal is not to repair your devices, but to replace each device that reaches the end of its life earlier and earlier.

Replacing a part or a mechanism in one of your devices will allow you not to replace your device, keep it longer and will guarantee its proper functioning thanks to the appliance troubleshooter.

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