Glendale Heights, IL (PRWEB) January 13, 2011
A growing number of homeowners are choosing to repair electronic appliance controls for a mere fraction of the cost of a new appliance, according to independent electronic controls remanufacturer, CoreCentric Solutions.
The down economy has forced everyone to stretch household budgets, and some have found that repairing an appliance can save as much as 80 percent over a new purchase, explains Badal Wadia, an electrical engineer and co-founder of CoreCentric Solutions, Inc., an independent appliance parts rebuilder. Defective, damaged or design-plagued circuitry can often be upgraded in as little as 24-48 hours enabling homeowners to forgo an unplanned and expensive purchase.
Manufacturers routinely upgrade appliance features, which means that older models and corresponding repair parts are often discontinued, leaving frustrated and budget-strapped homeowners with no repair options.
Specialized services, such as Return-for-Repair, are designed to address this planned obsolescence by repairing parts that are no longer available.
Indeed, while the U.S. Department of Labor expects sales of high-end appliances to continue to grow through 2018, it finds that small and lower-cost appliances are increasingly being discarded rather than being repaired (*).
REPAIR VS. REPLACE
Still, not a day goes by that Wadia does not hear customers say they prefer to fix something rather than trash it. Among them, Canadian homeowner Ron DeLuca, who discovered Wadias company after searching the Internet.
When DeLuca learned the necessary repair parts for his oven were discontinued, he turned to a new option having the circuit board rebuilt instead of purchasing a new top-of-the-line double oven.
The Toronto-based human resources consultant, who estimates he saved more than $ 2,500 through this repair vs. replace model, is part of a growing number of homeowners who are choosing to repair household appliances, instead of buying new.
We liked this oven and didnt want to buy a new one, says DeLuca of his 15-year-old double wall oven. The newer models make you choose between a thermal and convection oven and our unit has both. Also, because our oven is a built-in, a new model would require custom carpentry to make it fit into our existing space.
Repairs to parts no longer available, such as DeLucas, constitute a growing portion of Return-for-Repair business, Wadia says, including parts for major appliances, fitness equipment, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning products.
Todays household appliances rely heavily on computerized controls, which can be easily repaired should problems occur allowing homeowners to avoid costly and unscheduled purchases, explains Wadia. A repaired control board can save most appliances for a fraction of what they would have cost to replace.
In addition to the monetary benefits, Wadia notes that repairing electronic circuitry also benefits the environment helping extend the life of appliances and reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills.
OUT OF WARRANTY SOLUTION
When the electronic panel on Richard Mallens oven stopped working two months after the units warranty expired, he contacted the manufacturer who referred him to CoreCentric Solutions, which repairs parts for such brands as Bosch