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Britons wait up to four months before repairing essential home appliances


BRITS will wait up to four months before repairing broken appliances – including microwaves, clothes dryers and vacuum cleaners.

Families will also put up with a faulty heater for more than 12 weeks and a dodgy radiator for three months before attempting to repair or replace them.


Brits wait months for essential home appliances to be repairedCredit: Getty

Fridges, freezers and stoves that don’t work are also among the things that households will have to put up with for weeks before calling on a tradesman.

The study of 2,000 adults found that 38% put off repairing household items for lack of time, while 28% simply don’t have the necessary tools.

But 47% admitted to being guilty of turning a blind eye to things they could fix themselves.

A spokesperson for online inquiry service Local Heroes, which conducted the research, said: “Britons who are short on time are suspending repair plans on the grounds that they cannot afford the expense or cannot just don’t have time.

“It’s completely understandable that households don’t have the time or the tools to fix things around the house, especially essentials like heaters, radiators and boilers.

“And with some of the more complex items, it’s certainly not advisable to try and undertake a repair that you may not be qualified to do.”

The study found that 52% of adults would rather hire an expert to do a job because otherwise they would be putting off the problem for ages.

Although 15% would attempt to repair their boiler.

It also emerged that 82% of adults think people are now too quick to replace something that is broken or old rather than trying to fix it themselves.

Additionally, 52% dislike paying the extra cost for a tradesperson to do the job when they could learn the skills to repair themselves.

And 39% of those who have a partner wish their other half was better at fixing things, according to the study via OnePoll.

However, 56% want to learn how to repair everyday objects such as telephones, computers and televisions themselves.

While 57% learned a few tricks from their parents to fix something that wasn’t working properly.

When it comes to DIY, 66% think it’s more satisfying to fix something that’s older, with only 16% happy to buy a replacement for an item they couldn’t take care of themselves.

The study also found that colder days lead to further delays in repair plans – with 65% and 61% of adults more concerned about paying their electricity and gas bills respectively.

About four out of ten people generally worry that their house will be too cold during the winter season.

But more than a quarter of adults (27%) are eager to overcome the colder temperatures and prefer to carry out repairs during the winter period.

The Local Heroes spokesperson added: “It’s great to see Britons trying to get their repairs under control during the toughest season – and at a time when energy and electricity bills are at their highest. level.

“However, learning a thing or two from someone you know or an expert craftsman can help take the pressure off and save you time and money if other priorities need to be considered in your house.”

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