What to do when an appliance breaks

When one of my appliances no longer works, I check if it is repairable. If, for example, the fault comes from a small defective part, it may be necessary to replace it rather than to buy a new one. We thus avoid unnecessary expenditure … and, at the same time, the production of waste.

To do this, it is best to buy good quality items: they will last longer.

In the case of electrical and electronic equipment, in order to deal with a possible breakdown after the warranty expires, favor appliances that are removable (and therefore easier to repair). Check that the spare parts are easy and inexpensive.

For hardware, choose models that can evolve easily to increase performance (memory expansion, adding processors …), without being forced to change them. As such, avoid products that promote programmed obsolescence .

To take care of its business and to maintain its equipment. This is the best way to prevent breakdowns and keep your business in good condition. Oiling your bike, waxing your shoes regularly, feeding your furniture, watching carefully the instructions for washing clothes … So many small gestures that will prevent objects from deteriorating too quickly!

When the washing machine, vacuum cleaner or toaster … break down, do not hesitate: run the repair warranty. If it is no longer valid, do not hesitate to call a competent professional for a diagnosis, a quote and if necessary a repair. Unfortunately, they too often offer overly costly repairs which are then dissuasive.

If your kitchen appliances break down then make sure that you deal with them appropriately. For example if your garbage disposal has problems then make sure to hire a professional.