Many households take white goods for granted nowadays. Families put the washing machine on before they leave for work, or put the dishwasher on before bed and let them get on with it. But what would you do if one of them broke down? This article aims to reassure that all is not lost. Recycling Is In In times gone by, people’s tendency was to buy new as soon as something broke. Throw it away and replace it. Reuse, recycle, upcycle are buzz words today and the fashion looks set to stay. Sourcing replacement parts is not difficult if you are prepared to take a little time to look. Where To Find Parts Imagine your washing machine stopped, or leaked all over the floor. For most people, this is the appliance they would find hardest to manage without, so this scenario is frightening. A branded product can be expensive to replace or buy parts for, unless you know where to look. Direct from the supplier is rarely the cheapest option, so it is worth looking at specialist spare parts suppliers. Try entering a specific brand into your search engine, for example, “Bosch spares,” and go from there. These specialist sites often offer other benefits, such as next day deliveries or price matching, so the consumer wins again. As specialists, they are likely to have every part you need. Decide whether you want to buy genuine branded parts, or unbranded alternatives. Online Is An Easy Option If we knew when machines would break down, it would be easy to get the required replacement part in ready. In reality, appliances do not always warn us of impending problems. People need to get their machines up and running as soon as possible, but few enjoy paying emergency call-out fees for repairmen. Although they are complex machines, it is often possible to repair without expert knowledge, provided the part is available. Naturally, you want it mended as soon as possible. By the time you realise there is a problem with an appliance, chances are, you are standing beside it. You could go back out to the hardware store on the high street, but if you have internet access, buying online could be far more convenient; you can buy any time, 24 hours a day and you do not need to worry about finding a parking space! Questions Can Still Be Answered One of the plus points for buying in person is that you can ask questions about the product. Although you might not actually speak to a human online, there is usually a “Contact Us” link on the company’s website with details on getting in touch. Response speeds vary, but they are usually swift. Some might even have a live-chat option so you can find out immediately that the Bosch spares in your online basket are the parts you need. AUTHOR BIO Alice writes regularly about online shopping for a range of retailers’ websites and blogs. She is keen on both upcycling and recycling and having recently had to repair her own machine, she knows how easy it is to buy washing machine spare parts online. She intends to use the old bits in a go-cart for her children.