Why and how to repair your small appliance rather than throw it away?

The advantage of being a handyman is that you can patch everything up, even household appliances. Today, due to the economic crisis, many French people now have them repaired instead of putting them in the recycling center.

The trend is currently towards repairs

France having become a consumer society, like all industrialized countries, households prefer to get rid of their washing machines, cooking appliances or floor cleaning very quickly as soon as the appliance is defective. And this even if the dysfunction is slight. As manufacturers continue to offer revolutionary products with state-of-the-art functionalities, we have only one desire: to replace obsolete equipment with new equipment.

This is especially the case if the latter are no longer 100% operational. What is more, the lifespan of household appliances is now greatly shortened. Yet for two or three years, with the crisis and precariousness gaining ground, more and more people have refused to part with their washing machines, their hobs, their kitchen robots or their fallen vacuum cleaners. Out of order. Some even choose to rehabilitate them themselves. Moreover, to adapt to this new behavior, many distribution brands have created their “repair” department. This is why, in recent times, we have also seen the emergence of stores specializing in repair accessories.

But why fix them?

Apart from the fact that many of you like to tinker with and tweak faulty appliances, the reason why the French do not throw away their household appliances is primarily economic. Looking more closely at the malfunction, sometimes a simple change of belt, seal or fuse allows the device to operate again and this at a lower cost. Parts that often do not cost more than ten euros compared to the price of new equipment.

The concept is all the more interesting if you take care of everything yourself, without leaving the work to a professional repairer. To do this, all you need to do is find the device repair sheets and advice. Fortunately, this information is easily accessible and free of charge on specialized portals, community sites, social networks or forums. With good instructions, manipulations are generally within everyone’s reach. Better, if you don’t know anything about it, watch a “tutorial” video on Youtube and Dailymotion. Once the defective part (s) are detected, all you have to do is buy them, specifying their references to be sure to choose a compatible model.

Finally, favoring repair is an eco-responsible gesture. Indeed, even if the majority of this equipment is recyclable, some of its components are still very polluting and therefore harmful to the environment. In addition, the cost of recycling a household appliance is expensive.