Washing machines are one of those household items that so often become reluctant the day their warranty expires. If you are experiencing washing machine issues, follow these tips on how you can recycle it the green way.
Many owners will not think twice about the necessity of having the machine replaced.
The truth is this is often completely unnecessary as there is a good chance the washing machine is still to a great extent a perfectly functioning machine. Let's take a look at why you might think twice about replacing your broken machine, and what to consider when making your decision.
First of all, you should find out what is wrong with your machine. Indesit washing machine problems need not be fatal: in some cases, it can be as simple as changing a washer, a belt or a pulley – all of which are so inexpensive, you may come close to tears when considering how close you came to shelling out for a new machine.
Remember, a washing machine is the sum of many parts and a fault is nearly always a problem with only one part. In this case, it makes little sense to replace all of the parts at once – but, rather, it is sensible to repair or replace the faulty part.
Cost of Replacement
Look at the cost of repairing your current machine and weigh it up with the cost and hassle of finding a replacement.
Bear in mind that finding a replacement is not the only thing to consider if you opt for a new machine – there is also the issue of discarding the faulty machine. The impact of discarding a washing machine is both financial and ecological.
You cannot simply put it out with the bins, but instead you have a responsibility to see that it is disposed of properly. In many cases, appliances such as washing machines are viewed as a hassle and are sent to landfills, rather than being recycled.
The impact on your carbon footprint does not stop with the departure of your faulty washing machine. The manufacture of a new machine is also worth considering.
Washing machines are sizeable appliances – a considerable amalgamation of plastics and metals. Materials are not spared in their manufacture because the machines are designed to be products fit for long term use, rather than disposable items. With this in mind, in many cases a repair is the greener option.
Needless to say, there are a number of cases in which a replacement is the wiser option.
Indeed, if the cost of repair is equal to or greater than the cost of replacement, the decision will not be so straightforward. Similarly, the age and efficiency of your machine is something to take into account.
Old machines can be terribly inefficient and expensive to repair – if this is the case, be sure to dispose of your machine responsibly and recycle parts where possible.
Whatever the problem with your machine, think twice before throwing it out – you may do both the planet and your wallet a big favour by considering a repair.
These green alternative tips are provided by Repair & Protect who specialise in repairing appliances. Whether you are experiencing dishwasher problems or Indesit washing machine problems visit the Repair & Protect website for help.