Tips & Advice
Are aftermarket replacement parts safe to use?
Aftermarket replacement parts can be perfectly safe and reliable, but be sure to do your research. If replacing a more integral piece, such as washing machine’s water pump or a thermostat for a busted water heater, it might be best to purchase new.
Do replacement parts come with a warranty?
Replacement parts generally come with warranties extending anywhere from 30 days to five years, depending on the original price, the nature of the fix and the age of the part itself.
Do appliance repair companies mark up pricing on parts they use?
If you’re seeking new parts repair companies will generally mark up their prices slightly--particularly at a major national retailer. However, used parts are typically discounted.
Where can the best pricing be found on appliance parts?
Cheaper used appliance parts can be found online or at many local, independently owned retailers, along with ecommerce sites such as eBay. Major retailers, however, generally limit their selection to unused, full-priced options.
Do second-hand appliance parts save money on repairs?
Second-hand appliance parts are generally anywhere between 50-75% cheaper than new ones, but warranties might not extend as long and the parts may be less reliable or come with a shorter lifespan. Be sure to research the source of any second-hand parts to ensure the dealer is reputable and the part itself reliable.
What are the most common replacement parts for water heaters?
Water heaters, like most appliances, have a limited lifespan. After about a decade, they might become less effective, with the most common cause being a faulty thermostat. Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, this will result in your water not being hot enough and require a replacement heating element. Other less common fixes involve replacing pressure-relief valves or water supply-pipe fittings, either of which can be detected if you hear hissing or sizzling noises.
What are the most common replacement parts for clothes dryers?
Dryer issues could also be rooted in a bad belt, resulting in a stunted spin cycle. But an equally common issue is that of the thermal fuse, which incorporates an igniter that heats wet clothing. If the igniter breaks or burns out, clothes will not dry - or, in a worst case, a defective fuse can overheat or even burn clothes and potentially cause a fire. In either event, it’s best to look into a replacement immediately.
What are the most common replacement parts for washing machines?
An aging motor is the most common issue thwarting a washing machine’s effectiveness, causing the appliance to cycle in the wrong direction or operate at a stunted pace. But if the washer is circulating water improperly or pooling, it could mean you need to replace the water pump, seal or gasket. Additionally, if the washer’s tub is stalled, you’re likely in need of a replacement belt.
What are the most common replacement parts for dishwashers?
Dishwasher fixes range from quick to more involved, depending on the part in question. The support clip, latch and detergent dispenser fall into the former category, while the valve, blade, pump motor, piston-and-nut assembly and thermostat will all usually require replacement if they are deemed defective.
What are the most common replacement parts for refrigerators?
One of the most common issues cited by homeowners is that their refrigerators are running, or cycling, constantly. Depending on the age of the appliance, the culprit could be as innocent as hair, dust or debris that has accumulated in the condenser coils. This can sometimes be cleaned out relatively easily with a brush or vacuum, as long as the refrigerator is unplugged.
However, if you’re experiencing a lower internal fridge temperature, it might be because the water line is blocked or clogged, or the condenser coils are cracked. Another possible cause can be a broken condenser or evaporator fan, which can dirty the coils and necessitate replacing the condenser, fan or, depending on the extent of the damage, the coils themselves.