Environmental concerns come in many forms and one of these is the repeated dumping of unwanted goods in landfills, many parts of which end up polluting seas and oceans around the world. Toronto is no different in sharing these concerns, with a new incentive scheme targeting apartment residents and their waste and recycling habits – with the aim of diverting 70% of recyclables and organics from landfill by 2026.
A key part of this is changing attitudes to the treatment of faulty household appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers, with many such items simply dumped in landfill and replaced with a new, shiny – but expensive – model. In many cases, a simple appliance repair may be all that is required, something that not only prevents environmental impact but also saves consumers money on buying costly replacements.
Appliances aren’t as robust as they used to be
With intense cold always likely in many parts of Canada, residents need to ensure their appliances are in optimum working condition, particularly as they may not have access to them as often as they would like due to power-saving measures. A further complication is the increasingly sophisticated workings of modern appliances, which reports say have made them more prone to breakdowns in comparison to simpler, more resilient products from decades ago.
The case for repairing faulty appliances is strengthened further by the fact that many home warranty policies cover appliance repairs, so it is worth being aware of what individual policies cover to prevent unnecessary financial outlay. And the focus on appliance repair could one day be enshrined in law as provincial governments assess the need for ‘right to repair’ legislation that would force big manufacturers to carry out repair work when needed.
Don’t ignore the warning signs
Overlooking the repair and maintenance of household appliances can lead to widespread fatalities, as faulty machines pose a significant fire risk. This risk is heightened if appliances are left to run while no-one is home, meaning early signs of malfunction, such as odd noises or smoke, are likely to be missed. If an item such as a refrigerator fails to function and this goes unnoticed, a further risk is created if food is allowed to spoil and is then consumed.
“Knowing when to replace or repair a faulty appliance is a debate with numerous things to consider,” says a spokesperson for ODAR (On Demand Appliance Repair), appliance repair specialists providing services across the GTA and nearby areas. “These include the age of the appliance that needs repairing – if it is quite old then it is likely to still outlast any brand new appliance that is bought to replace it, simply because new models aren’t built to last like they used to be.
“At ODAR we offer same-day repair services, which we know is the very least people require if a vital appliance has stopped working. Being unable to cook food, wash clothes or safely store perishable items can be debilitating and our team recognizes the immediate support that people need in these areas.”
On Demand Appliance Repair, are based in Toronto and offer appliance repair services for washers, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers, including on the same day. The ODAR team can carry out repairs in a range of locations such as Mississauga, Vaughan, Ajax, Milton and Richmond Hill.
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