Should you Repair that Gadget or Replace it?

As an engineer, I often try to fix broken things, especially gadgets myself. I am sure a lot of you would be in the same habit. While manufacturers are introducing policies that encourage us to replace products instead of getting them repaired, if your gadget is out of warranty, it might be a good idea to explore the options to get these repaired instead of replacing them.

However, in such cases, a wrong decision can prove to be hefty and expensive. Keeping that in mind, it is still not a far fetched idea to try and get some of your electronics repaired before choosing to replace them. This blog would help you make an informed decision about this situation. Let’s jump right into it without wasting any more time.

Check to see if you can afford to upgrade

If your oven, for instance is out of warranty, then compare the price of an upgrade with the repair price of your existing model. You will be surprised to find that things like oven repair are far more economical that getting a new one. Only thing you need to remember is that ‘new’ does not always mean  ‘better’.

However, the case might be different for other electronics like smartphones. For instance, getting a chipped screen repaired might cost you just a little less than getting an upgrade.

Look for refurbishers and extended warranties

While an extended warranty might now seem ideal at the beginning, you will need it. Never fail to get one, as they are much cheaper when compared to the repair price of the product. An extended warranty would not only save you a load of cash you would otherwise spend on repairs, the repair job you get done will usually be covered under a guarantee by the manufacturer. Moreover, getting products fixed from the manufacturer is always better than getting it fixed from any other repair shop.

Similarly, if possible find a refurbisher, as they are thee experts in repairing electronics and giving a new life to them.

Sentimental value

Believe it or not, but all of us get attached to non-living things. The  sentimental value attached to a product might be enough motivation to not replace it.

When making a decision, keep in mind the value of the  product of gadget to you, and think about if it is special to you in any way imaginable. This chain of thought should help you always make the right decision. Even if it isn’t the best decision, you will be sure that you will not regret it.

Consider the possibility of DIYing the repair

As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I like to first try my hand on electronics, before even thinking about repairing or replacing them. While it might be easier for me being an engineer, the internet has all the information you need to fix your appliances and gadgets. Explore this option before anything else, as it is not only economical, but would reward you with a great feeling of accomplishment once the product is fixed.

Conclusion

Electronics have become an integral part of our lives, and for this very reason, they deserve some amount of thought when it comes to repairing or replacing them. Make sure you do not skip this step before coming to a decision as it might mean a difference of several hundred dollars in the long run.

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