The Right Way to Fix and Upcycle Household Appliances

The Right Way to Fix and Upcycle Household Appliances
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    The rapid development of the tech and electronics industries and the highly competitive nature of the global market have given us the opportunity of owning the latest wonders of modern technology, from geeky gadgets to state-of-the-art home appliances, with little effort and a reasonable price tag.

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However, affordability is not just a competitive edge but also the reason why most people choose to replace their broken home appliances instead of simply repairing them, a choice that, in the long run harms the environment more than it benefits the economy.

A study conducted by the United Nations University (http://unu.edu/media-relations/releases/discarded-kitchen-laundry-bathroom-equipment-comprises-over-half-of-world-e-waste-unu-report.html ) has revealed that, in 2014, an estimated total of 41.8 million metric tonnes (megatonnes – Mt) of electrical and electronic equipment was discarded, most of which comprised of home appliances such as microwave ovens, washing machines, and dishwashers. In 2018, the volume is expected to rise by 21%, to a staggering 50 million Mt of e-waste.

To Repair or To Replace?

The answer often depends on deciding factors such as the age of the appliance and the nature of the malfunction. Generally, the rule of thumb is to avoid spending more than 50% of the price of a new appliance on trying to fix the old one. However, since most of us are not qualified to deal with hardware issues, it’s a good idea to have a professional determine both the problem and the solution.

You might find out that it costs less to fix than to replace or, in a different scenario that pricey repair work can result in a surprisingly extended lifecycle. Either way, a trusted service provider will let you know what the best solution in your case is. Some companies like Fixed by Assurant go the extra-mile and provide besides immediate access to qualified technicians, 1-year extended warranty for household appliances, refrigerators included.

What If It Can’t Be Repaired?

In the unfortunate case your appliance can’t be rescued, you can still repurpose it, especially if you have a knack for DIY. Upcycling is a great way of creating new, useful items from things that no longer serve a purpose, while also caring for the environment. And the best things is, upcycling can go beyond a simple DIY project and become a profitable business, like Fridgecouch, whose owner transforms broken fridges into beautiful quirky sofas – an original initiative that was applauded by numerous media outlets.

Fridges aren’t the only household electronics that can be upcycled; in fact, there are endless possibilities for every single home appliance. Washing machine drums can be turned into seats, lampshades, and even outdoor fire pits. Old TV’s can be turned into funky shelves and colorful bookcases. Blenders, too, can find a new purpose as lamps or decorative vases. All it takes is a moment of inspiration and the desire to become more environmentally conscious – a decision that will certainly pay off in the end.

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/torrelodones/6238163693/
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Photo Credits: Raúl A./Neticola

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