5 Benefits to fixing your own electronics

In today’s world, electronic devices are part of our daily lives and we owe many conveniences to the comfort and luxury that they afford us. Take a minute to look keenly into your surroundings, and you’ll notice how much we rely on electronic gadgets to accomplish the majority of our daily chores. The sad reality, however, is that the electronic manufacturing industry keeps getting costlier with every passing day. Purchasing new devices each time especially basic electronic components breakdown may not make financial sense. So, rather than throw away your gadgets due to the high costs of repairs, consider fixing them on your own.

Let’s delve into the issue of repairing your own electronic devices and the benefits accompanying such a move.

1. Reduction in electronic waste

The usage of electronic equipment stands at an all-time high, and the volume of electronic waste is correspondingly rising around the world. Recycling of valued components contained in e-waste like gold and copper has evolved into a source of livelihood for persons in the informal sector in emerging industrialized nations.

Due to use of primitive technologies during recycling like burning cables with the goal of retaining underlying copper expose workers to an array of hazardous materials like chromium, lead, PCBs, and cadmium from inhalation of deadly fumes and build-up of chemicals in food, water, and soil.

2. Saves you money

Most people may not have the capacity to acquire a new electronic device once their current device breaks down. Often, faults tend to be on a small-scale, easily fixable by way of DIY, and hence we find it unnecessary for people to dispose their old devices or acquire new ones.

Also, taking your old devices to an electronic repair service may also prove costly relative to the problem at hand. At times the cost of repair fails to make financial sense relative to the acquisition cost which proves a headache for most people.

3. Saves you time

Fixing your electronics saves you the hassle of looking for a dealer shop to get your gadget repaired. Most importantly, carrying out your repair saves you the agony of having to wait until your dealer clears his in-tray of broken down gadgets before attending to yours.

4. Saves you legal issues in case of sub-standard repairs

Supposing a qualified repair service company fails to repair your electronic device appropriately, you’ve got the right to request for a second repair. Also, in case of accidents resulting from the substandard repair work, you may hold the repair-person liable for subsequent accidents. However, when you take up the fixing upon yourself, you bear full responsibility for any liabilities that arise.

5. Skills advancement

With tons of sources of information on the internet, DIY workshops and books, you need not agonize over minor electronic repairs. Additionally, after the completion of a DIY task, you get to hone your skills in the specific area of repair which puts you in a better position to tackle a similar repair issue.   

*This is a collaboration post

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