DIY Fixing Up Old Appliances


It’s no secret that many of the appliances used in modern homes haven’t been built to last. In fact, many companies have come under fire in recent years for using a technique known as “planned obsolesce”, with products being made to last just a few short years. Professional appliance repairs can be expensive, but you can handle this sort of work from home if you take the right steps. Let’s dive right in.


Safety First


It’s always smart to think about health and safety when you approach something like this. Appliances should be disconnected from electricity, water, and gas before you work on them, especially if there are any leaks. Alongside this, it can also be worth wearing thick gloves when you work on this sort of machine, as many appliances have sharp edges.




Before you can start fixing your appliances, you will have to figure out what the problem is. Looking for technical manuals can be a good way to do this, but you could also consider the idea of asking people online. Websites like Reddit can be very useful when you’re trying to diagnose something like this. By sending people photos and videos, you can get detailed responses that directly relate to this issue your experiencing.


Sourcing Parts


Once you have an idea of what you need to do to fix the machine, you can start to look for parts. The internet has made this far easier than it used to be, with loads of websites dedicated to helping people find the parts they need. Whether you need a heating element or a specialist fitting, you can get what you need with a quick browse around the web.


Making The Repair


Making the repair will be the most challenging part of this process. You need to make sure that you carry this task out safely, while also working hard to avoid causing damage to other parts of your appliance. Videos will usually be the best guide for this sort of issue, giving you the chance to follow along while someone else makes the same repair on another machine. Of course, though, you may have to use some creative thinking to come to the right conclusions yourself.


Testing It


Finally, as the last part of this job, it will be time to test the appliance you’ve just fixed. If you’ve done something to the electronics on your machine, a multi-meter can be a great tool to help you to figure out if you were successful. Alongside this, though, running the appliance with a watchful eye can usually be the easiest option you have.


Repairing appliances is easier than you might expect. Of course, though, it’s always worth being extremely careful. Appliances like microwaves have high voltage transformers that can give you a very nasty shock, even when unplugged. This makes it crucial that you keep safety in mind, only working on parts that you understand. 

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