Home repairs will take place, so with that said, it will be important to keep in mind that you'll need to be on the lookout for quality appliance parts. Much the same way you aim to be prepared by having a first-aid kit on hand, it's important to keep parts ready to go for a…
Home repairs will take place, so with that said, it will be important to keep in mind that you'll need to be on the lookout for quality appliance parts. Much the same way you aim to be prepared by having a first-aid kit on hand, it's important to keep parts ready to go for a repair.
The question, though, lies with how you go about acquiring your parts. After all, there was a time when you had to call the manufacturer, find out who your closest part was, and from them, you'd find out who the local parts house was so that you could score your needed repair item. With the advent of the internet, however, you have numerous choices as to where to get parts and have them delivered directly to you. Moreover, you can even have step-by-step video guides help you with the repair itself.
Still, it's important to know what to look for when buying parts so here are a few ways to make the right call:
1. Know Your Part Name / Number – Sure, the manufacturer badge is on the front of the appliance, but there's more to replacing a part than by identifying who made it. Take the time to either check the operation manual, calling the manufacturer, or even looking for a parts blowout online to help.
2. Be Aware of Crossover & Aftermarket Parts – It's easy to fall into the trap of saving money when buying parts because we're all trying to save a buck. Still, when it comes to crossover parts, you're banking that manufacturers that have 'essentially' the same product have 'essentially' the same parts. As with aftermarket, you're expecting that a universal, catch-all item will save the day.
3. Do not Be Afraid to Shop Around – Unless you're in need for an emergency repair, you may have time to shop around. After you've gotten details on your part number or ID, you can now visit websites for parts dealers in order to find the best price. Just remember that cheapest is not the same as best.
4. Is It Worth Replacing? You may have a home that is quaint and has a little age & character in it, and part of that character is original appliances. Depending on how old things are, you may realize that a repair may be harder than you think. Parts have changed, manufacturers are no longer carrying some parts, and in the end, you may find that there is no direct way to make a repair unless you luck out. Replacing an entire appliance may be the best option.
5. Get the Pros Involved – Even though we're all like to believe that we can handle any repair in our home due to our DIY revolution, we also need to know when we need the pros. Getting a professional repair person involved in the part search can help speed things up, and they can take car of the repair if you get in over your head.
Finding the right appliance parts for your home is only a click away, but never underestimate the importance of a great working relationship with the right repair company.