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Don’t Replace the Product; Replace the Part

Posted on 26 November 2017 by sam

Don’t Replace the Product; Replace the Part

When a device or appliance breaks, it sometimes feels easier to throw it out; however, this is hard on your wallet and also on the planet. There are products that come with the caveat that they will have parts that constantly need replacing; for instance, vapes and e-cigarettes frequently need new e-liquid and atomizers. Other appliances may not seem so obvious, but you can definitely get a few extra years out of them if you keep them maintained and repair them. Repairing products is generally cheaper than completely replacing them, at least up to a certain point.

Keep repairing

Large home appliances usually have long lifespans (anywhere from six to thirteen years, depending on the appliance), and are worth keeping repaired, rather than replaced, because they are pricey investments and have the potential to stay around for a while. These include refrigerators, dryers, ovens, washers, etc. There are plenty of trained repairpeople who will come out to your home to assess the situation and provide repairs–or counsel you if it’s time to get rid of that fridge.

With pieces of office furniture or technology-based beds or car seats, get a repairperson to look at them. Especially since these don’t require software (or, at least, their whole purpose is not reliant on software), you probably have a good chance of getting them replaced and ensuring a long life. See if a specific part has malfunctioned and if you can get a replacement from the vendor or supplier. You don’t want to buy a whole new car just because one seat won’t lean back! That is definitely not cost-effective.

With smaller appliances and devices, such as televisions or phones, it’s essential to keep good care practices. Keep your laptop current, keep it in a sleeve or case, and defragment the hard drive regularly. If a device needs a repair, get it ASAP. Small damages add up and will kill the device sooner than if you stay on top of them.

When it’s time for the thing to go

Of course, sometimes a product is broken past repair or the cost to replace or repair a part would cost more or almost as much as a new item. If any appliance or device is over halfway through its recommended lifespan, get a quote on what it would take to repair it, and if the repair costs more than 50% of the replacement cost, then most experts recommend that it’s time to replace the product.

If you do need to completely replace a product, make sure you dispose of the old one in an environmentally-sound way. Computer and office supply stores may offer places to drop off computer and devices to be recycled–this is really important because these devices use chemicals and batteries that could leak into the ground if put into a landfill. See if there’s a Responsible Appliance Disposal-compliant company near you that you take your larger appliances Be sure to check with EnergyStar to see what rebates are in your area for particular energy-efficient or water-conservative new appliances.