Small Appliances and Electronics: Fix It? Or Recycle It?

March 16, 2012No comments

Broken small appliances dangling by their cords

Art Direction and Styling Barbara Schmidt, bstyle, inc.

How many times have you looked at a small appliance and thought about getting it repaired just to realize there isn’t anyone to do that anymore? It’s tough to find repair shops for electronic appliances, and in most cases, even throwing it out takes a little research.

If the appliance is old and broken, you’ll probably find greater value in tossing it and buying a new appliance. Your local county recycling station will often take small appliances. Check their website, or call, for a list of what items they will recycle. Some cities will even pick up small appliances if they are left outside the regular trash curbside.

If you’d rather repair your small appliance, check with the manufacturer first. Their website should have parts and repair information. You can also try calling their warranty/repair number if you’d rather just talk with someone.

Another strategy is to look for a repair shop near you for small appliances — one may still be around. If you are still stumped, check a local retailer that sells the item. Sometimes the store has repaired items in the past and can help source the best repair shop, or in some cases, can repair the appliance themselves.

To avoid repairs all together, the number one way to keep your small electronics running is to read the owners manual and perform regular cleaning and maintenance. Almost every electronic gizmo in a household needs some attention once in a while — and these days most owners’ manuals can be found online with a product number or code and the manufacturers name.


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