How Do I Figure Out What Appliance Parts I Need?

Posted on: 29 August 2017

If you are a person who loves fixing things, you might be wondering if you can simply replace broken appliance parts without having to buy a new machine. In some cases, this is quite possible. Here are some tips on figuring out what you need to do.

Make Sure the Appliance Is Fixable

Before you spend a lot of time ordering parts, you'll want to make sure the problem is fixable. Research the problem online or bring it to a washing machine repair shop or other relevant appliance repair team. It's often a simple answer if you bring it to a repair store; you tell them the problem, and they will tell you the likely cause and whether it's worth fixing. If you are doing research online, you might have to dig a little more, but you can find customer stories about people who had a similar problem and how they ended up resolving it. 

Look for a Model Number

You will need a model number and/or serial number before you can proceed to order parts. It may be written on the appliance itself, so scour the appliance for the correct numbers. Some models of appliance have their serial number hidden within a sealed compartment that you will need to open with a screwdriver. Hopefully, you have your user manual; this can simplify the process of getting a serial number. If you're stumped, just ask an appliance repair team.

Find Parts

You can order parts in a variety of ways. If you have the model number, you might be able to order parts directly from the manufacturer or one of their approved vendors. There are catalogues online that sell appliance repair parts as well. Some online repositories have methods of looking up the correct repair parts even without a serial number, by narrowing down the options by brand, color and features. Just make sure that there is some return policy if you're ordering online; you wouldn't want to find out later that the replacement part you ordered is for the wrong device.

Appliance repair is the best route to go, when possible; it saves you money and creates much less waste. It just may take a little bit of research to find the best way to repair your appliance. An appliance repair team can simplify the process by looking up the correct replacement parts for you and installing them correctly.