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Millennials are trying to fix their own appliances more than ever, survey reveals


MORE than half of Britons are ditching engineers to fix their own appliances, and many are adopting a ‘get it done and fix it’ mindset.

The Gen-Z generation is leading the way and a survey of 2,000 UK adults found that increasing numbers of people are saving time and money by trying it out themselves.


Money is the main motivation behind switching to free online tutorialsCredit: Alamy

The growth of FIY – Fix It Yourself – comes from the younger generation with nearly three in five of 18 to 24 year olds saying they have tried to fix appliances themselves in the past year.

With nothing else to do during the pandemic, 40% of this age group said they were motivated to be more environmentally friendly and 40% also said it was for their own satisfaction. .

Saving money was the main motivator for 47% of respondents, while saving time was the motivator for 44%.

The research was led by spare parts retailer eSpares, which has seen a surge in demand over the past 12 months, with website traffic up 86% as Britons avoid stores.

Andrew Sharp, CEO of CDSL Group, which owns eSpares, said: “The FIY trend has seen a major boom over the past year thanks to lockdowns and shows no signs of slowing down.

“From installing new filters in the extractor hood to replacing an oven door seal, people have realized how easy repairs can be – and the satisfaction that comes with being able to fix things yourself. same.”

More than half of 18-24 year olds have used YouTube tutorials as a source for fixing electrical appliances, while 42% say they don’t need their parents as much for advice on home repairs.

As the Global E-Waste Monitor reports 1,598 kilotonnes of e-waste went to landfill in the UK, the world’s second worst per capita, two in five 18-24 year olds say they want to limit environmental impact when a simple FIY job would suffice, highest of all age groups surveyed.

When looking at the most repaired items in the country, vacuum cleaners top the list, followed by lawnmowers and stoves.


1. Research – Before starting any type of repairs, make sure you know what you are doing. Always read the instructions carefully to make sure you fully understand the steps.

2. YouTube is your best friend – The advice center on eSpares has over 700 YouTube tutorials, with a simple search online you’re almost certain to find a quick fix to all sorts of problems around the house.

3. Regular maintenance is an easy way to save money – You can save money in the long run because the products will work much more efficiently.

4. Replenish your toolbox – There’s nothing worse than being ready to start an FIY project and realizing you don’t have the right tools.

5. Say no to new – In addition to saving money, time and effort, you’ll also learn a new skill and do your part for the environment by repairing instead of replacing.

Internal data from eSpares revealed a similar picture, with vacuum power supplies and fan oven spares all appearing in the top ten best-selling items over the past 18 months.

On average, respondents believe they have saved £129 by repairing their own devices, while 18-24 year olds believe they have saved £193.

More than half of Brits are giving up engineers and fixing their own appliances


More than half of Brits are giving up engineers and fixing their own appliancesCredit: Getty

And the FIY trend is set to continue, with more than a third of people saying they will pay for their own device repairs in the future after the lockdown.

Andrew Sharp added: “It may seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of tutorials easily accessible via YouTube and guides available online to help people repair and maintain their devices, so they last longer. We expect this trend to continue to grow.

For more tips and advice on appliance repairs visit: https://www.espares.co.uk