Assisted DIY. What’s it all about? Is it really any better than trolling Google for tips and attempting to repair your washing machine, refrigerator, or oven without any professional guidance? We’ve got the scoop on what makes guided DIY appliance repair better than calling in the pros. And why it’s definitely better than attempting to MacGyver it on your own. 

What is Assisted DIY?

When an appliance breaks, there are two types of people:

  1. The kind of person who immediately calls in an appliance repair service.
  2. The kind of person who would rather save their hard-earned cash and try to fix it themselves.

Each of these options can have its own benefits. But on the flip side, each one also has its own drawbacks. That’s where assisted DIY comes in. It’s the best of both worlds.

Services like Neli’s Virtual Appliance Repair are the perfect example of why it’s a good idea to consider assisted DIY.  When an appliance breaks, you have a direct line to a professional repair technician who can help you via video chat or phone call. Their sole purpose is to assist you in repairing the appliance yourself, from diagnosing the problem all the way to screwing in the final nuts and bolts.

Save Yourself Some Money with Guided Appliance Repair

Purchasing a spare part yourself is less expensive than getting a repairman to locate and install it, and much less expensive than purchasing a completely new appliance. On average, the cost of repair is 20% to 30% of the cost of replacement. And if you’re not paying for the labor costs of those repairs, you’re saving even more money than that.

Convenience is an Unexpected Yet Undeniable Benefit of Assisted DIY

You might think that it’s far more practical to “get someone in” than to waste your time messing around with appliances. That’s not necessarily the case. You could do some simple repairs like changing your fridge light, freezer thermometer, or oven element in the time it takes to find a reliable repairman, check their reputation, and schedule your diagnostic appointment.

Remember that it doesn’t stop at the diagnostic appointment. You’ll still need to wait weeks for a spare part (if one is needed). Then you’ll have to wait to schedule the actual repair process. It’s pretty time-consuming and entirely unnecessary if there’s a way to get it done quicker yourself.

Choosing Between Genuine or Compatible Parts

Another disadvantage of hiring an appliance repairman is that you may not always have the option of choosing between genuine and compatible parts. Repairmen choose the parts that work better for their business. They might have a partnership with certain appliance manufacturers and get a kickback when using their parts. They might have a preferred supplier of generic parts where they get some great deals but don’t pass on the quality you’re looking for.

When choosing to repair your appliances yourself, you get to choose. You might prefer authentic appliance replacement parts. Then again, you might choose to save money by using a compatible spare. Either way, the choice should be yours to make.

Expand Your Appliance Knowledge

With each repair, you gain a greater understanding of your appliances. You’ll get better at diagnosing problems and determining whether a fault is worth fixing or whether a new appliance is required. Your understanding of the internal workings of your machines will keep growing, and you’ll save yourself more and more money in the long run.

It’s not just about repairs, though. Knowing more about your appliances will help you save money by ensuring that they are well-maintained and performing at optimal efficiency. Proper maintenance will help you avoid future repairs as your appliances will almost always be in good condition.

Gain a Sense of Achievement

Never underestimate the power of a confidence boost. Enjoy your sense of accomplishment if you mended your appliance yourself — you’ve earned it! You can be proud of yourself every time your previously broken item turns on and functions flawlessly. After all, you were the one who made it happen.

You may even discover that once you’ve gained basic information about your appliances, repairing them is free. Some common issues, such as a coin clogging a washing machine drain, can be resolved without the use of any additional components and only a little appliance knowledge.

There’s something uplifting about having the ability to keep your own home in top shape instead of relying on someone else to do it for you. You don’t have to give your power away. You can bask in the knowledge that you are more than capable of getting things done on your own time and your own dime.

Trust Neli With Your Assisted DIY Appliance Repair

With Neli’s virtual diagnosis service, you’ll be able to figure out what’s wrong with your appliance in no time. Once you’ve passed that crucial step, we’ll help you source a spare part and schedule a follow-up. Or, if no parts are needed, we can get started on repairs straight away.


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