In today's society, not as many people try to fix their appliances. Instead of seeing what is causing the problem and switching out a small part and saving their stove or refrigerator, they instead opt to buy an entirely new appliance.
What happens to that old appliance? Some are taken to the garbage dump, adding a huge amount to our landfills. Some are taken to junk yards where the metal may be sent off to be melted down and made into something else. And sometimes a few of them make it into the hands of people who will repair them and then resale them as used appliances.
So why let someone else benefit from your appliance? If you have the time, sometimes it can be as simple as a phone call to the manufacturer of your appliance to help you determine what is causing the problem, what part you will need, and how to fix it. For just a few hours of work, shopping, and coversation with a customer service representative, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars. And isn't saving money something that most people want to do?
Sometimes the manufacturer of your stove or refrigerator may sale parts that you need for your appliance directly to customers. In this case you can do a quick internet search and see if someone online sales them. If the element in your oven has gone out, you search a term such as oven bake element. Hopefully, the search results will return a promising web site for your parts needs.
Even small appliances can be easily fixed, take a pressure cooker as an example, most need to have small parts changed on them, such as their gasket every couple of years or so, this enables your pressure cooker to continue running smoothly and safely. There are several sites online that sell pressure cooker parts as well as home canning supplies.
Another small home appliance that can be mended is your typical garden sprayer. There are many brands of these such as Chapin Sprayers and Solo sprayers. You can find parts for your solo sprayer or chapin sprayer by either searching online or calling the manufacturer. It is much easier to fix your current sprayer than to have to purchase a brand new one.
Kerosene heaters also need regular maintainance as well as having their wicks changed periodically. There is a site called Kerosene Wicks that carries kerosene heater wicks for most brand heaters.