HOME ELECTRONICS REPAIR- DIY VS HIRING A CONTRACTOR

Most electronic repairs cost so much for one thing and one thing alone- the increasing cost of manpower involved. If you dissect the cost of the repair of an electronic gadget, especially one that needs a certain level of diagnostic skills, chances are, you end up paying a lot more for the skill of the repair professional than for the product itself. In this scenario, it is prudent to try and evaluate carefully if DIY is an option.

Most of us get put off by the intricacies involved in electronic repairs, but really, with the availability of the internet and so many clear cut, step by step DIY resources including videos and manuals, it does make some sense, depending on the nature of the product and the malfunction, to consider trying to repair a product yourself, before taking it out for an expensive repair or calling a specialist in.

To that end, let us discuss a few pointers to determine whether you should try the DIY route or whether it makes more sense to have an experienced technician take up the work:

  • Is it worth it? First and foremost, it must be evaluated clearly whether the electronics product that requires repair is worth investing time or money at all. It is common knowledge that sometimes buying a new electronic device cost less than repairing the broken one. Often the required original spare parts might not be available at all. With technologies getting more and more cheap and outdated very fast, many products will be more expensive to fix than to replace. If indeed you believe that a product does need repair, it is important to carefully evaluate time and effort such project is likely to require. Moreover, it can take a long time to fix certain devices and if you have a dearth of time, or only say, weekends to work, the broken device will be rendered unusable for quite a long time. If it is a television or an oven, for example, it can hamper day-to-day activity too. This time gap analysis needs to be done.
  • Do you know how to do it? : The other consideration while deciding on a DIY project is to understand the level of competence required in accomplishing the project. Whereas it is not difficult to procure spare parts or the manual for repair, it is not always easy to fix electronic products and some require a great amount of skill and experience. Before attempting any repairs, especially of electronic products, it is very important to understand that lack of skills and overconfidence can actually further ruin your product rather than fix it. Spare parts also tend to cost more to retail buyers than to bulk buyers such as repair professionals. Also for most electronics repair, special equipment is required and it is not usually present in an average household, are you going to buy/ rent those? Will that be cost effective? It is, therefore, important to have all these things in mind before attempting a DIY repair project.
  • Is it safe to do it? This is perhaps one of the most important considerations before attempting to fix any electronic product yourself. Most electronics by nature are complex devices that run on electricity and have critical mechanical and electrical functions. With the lack of precise diagnostic information, it is highly recommended to avoid a DIY on complex electrical circuits and equipment. A thorough understanding, acumen and backup plan are required before attempting any DIY, especially of the electronics. It must be clearly understood and evaluated that a DIY project gone wrong can seriously damage the product itself and might render it permanently unusable, at the same time in some cases it might also cause serious or grievous injury to the person attempting the repair. It can also cause harm to the existing wiring of the home.
  • Where to find the best contractors, if not DIY: In case you have decided that it does make more sense to hire a specialist rather than attempt a DIY, there are a number of available experts in your area. How do you then go about finding competent contractors for your repair requirement? One way is to obtain references or call the authorized service centers of the brand, but often these tend to turn out more expensive as well as not available at all places. The other, an easier way is to use technology for searching the best available repairmen in your local area through the use of online portals. These online portals typically have a large data-bank of professionals and freelancers that can be hired on short notice for a variety of jobs and on quite competitive rates when compared to the market.

https://youdo.com/india/ is one such site that has become quite popular recently. Basically, YouDo acts as a bridge between the suppliers of services and the intending customers that might want to first know a little bit about the contractors they might be hiring. Once you upload your specific requirement on the portal, the requirement is immediately made available to all the technical experts that have enrolled themselves on YouDo to provide their services. There are also real customer reviews available and posted against each contractor. It is then for you to decide which contractor to eventually use for your requirement.

This makes the whole job of finding a repair contractor much more transparent, predictable as well as often saving quite a bit of money since there can be price negotiations carried online too. In the extremely competitive online market, most contractors are more than willing to compromise on their margins and try and make new customers, which is eventually beneficial to the seeker of the repair service.

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