Experiencing malfunctioning appliances at home, such as clothes dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers, can be frustrating. Unfortunately, shopping for small appliance replacement parts can be even more overwhelming. These items often require immediate repair, and calling a professional repair person can be costly and time-consuming. Many people thus opt to fix these machines themselves, and with a little ingenuity and the right know-how, they can find their replacement parts and have the items properly working once more.
The first place to look for appliance replacement parts is through the manufacturer. This is especially true of appliances less than one year old. Chances are that an item purchased within the last 12 months will still be under warranty, and calling the manufacturer will keep that warranty in-tact. In turn, the company can simply send a replacement part directly to the customer's door. People without the original receipt or product manual, however, as well as those attempting to fix an appliance more than one year old still have options.
Appliance replacement parts for such name brand appliances as Sears, Kenmore, Roper and Whirlpool are often easily located. These companies have their own parts divisions, and many customers can easily procure what they need from those departments. The parts are certain to fit correctly, and consumers can often call for advice when actually installing them. This option, however, may be more costly than that of going to a hardware store.
Replacement parts can also commonly be found from wholesale suppliers. Such replacement parts suppliers buy their products in bulk, and consumers are awarded with what is known as "warehouse prices." Such prices typically reflect the lowest cost available and are provided because wholesale suppliers sell to a myriad of customers. In addition to do-it-yourself repair people, mechanics and home building professionals commonly buy in large quantities from these stores. The merchandise is thus sold quickly, allowing the stores to again purchase in bulk.
Another reason to shop with wholesale suppliers is their knowledge. In-house mechanics are often employed at these stores, who in turn can ensure a customer's purchase is the right one. Purchasing the wrong appliance replacement part can lead to even greater frustration. Knowledgeable technicians at wholesale depots, however, can prevent this frustration and even service the appliance if necessary. Some trial and error during do-it-yourself repair, however, can often lead to a fixed appliance without professional assistance. Whether looking for a large or small part, it can likely be found. The trick is in conducting research, making phone calls and reaching out to those who know.