I had a broken washing machine machine a couple of years ago. It was a few years old back then, so my first thought was to clear some time on the weekend to get a replacement. Then, the project-lover within decided it would be fun to try a DIY fix, and as it turned out, it was a pretty easy job (and the machine is still going).
More recently, I had some water spilled on my laptop keyboard. It still worked, except for the keyboard, so I took it for repair and was told it would be better just to buy a new one. Instead, I looked up a few videos and decided I would have a go at replacing it, for a cost of around $30. It worked too… for about 30 seconds. Then there was a fair bit of smoke and you can probably guess I needed to buy a new one.
Our friends at Which? asked a panel of professional engineers about 14 of the most common faults affecting dishwashers, fridge-freezers, ovens, vacuum cleaners and washing machines could normally be repaired as the best course of action.
So, do you repair or replace? Whether you do or not, I’d like to hear your considerations.