If you are having your bread machine repaired by either a specialist or you’re doing it yourself, you need to listen up. You need to make sure that you find the right replacement parts, otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense to work on your bread machine. You probably would be better off just buying a new machine altogether.
I know that’s probably not the kind of answer that you’re looking for, I know that you’re probably looking to focus primarily on a replacement, but if you can’t get the right replacement parts, forget it. There are all sorts of problems that can happen in the future. In fact, you may be opening a whole can of worms. You may be creating more problems than you’re solving.
Do yourself a big favor and pay attention to the following process. This discussion will spell out how to get quality replacement parts for bread machines.
Be Clear on the Parts You Need
The first thing that you need to wrap your mind around is to properly identify the parts that you need. Pay attention to that phrase. It’s all about the parts you need. Not optional parts, not accessories, but the parts that are needed to make your bread machine work again. You need to isolate the specific part. This is not always easy when you’re doing your own repairs. There’s a lot of trial and error involved.
Accordingly, you should get expert help or guidance as you try to do repairs. Better yet, get an expert or a handyman to take a look at your bread machine and guide you as to the kind of parts you need to order.
Search From the Manufacturer’s Site
The first website that you need to go to is the manufacturer’s website. Don’t go to aftermarket websites, don’t go to second hand parts websites, go straight to the manufacturer’s website. This website gives you a higher likelihood of finding the part that you want.
Most importantly, when you find the part, you don’t have to worry about the part not fitting correctly. You don’t have to worry about counterfeit parts. You don’t have to worry about badly made parts. Since you are dealing directly with the manufacturer of the bread machine you’re trying to repair, you can rest assured that the part will do its job.
Go Aftermarket Only if the Manufacturer No Longer Has the Part
Unfortunately, manufacturers tend to shift or change their inventory mix when new models come out. Don’t get me wrong. For quite some time they will continue to support their old models, but eventually, they will focus most of their inventory on newer models.
If your bread machine breaks down after a few years, the original parts for that machine might no longer be available at the manufacturer’s website. In that particular situation, it makes sense to go to an aftermarket source. Aftermarket providers take the specifications of the original part and come up with replacement parts. While they are using the original measurements and specifications, this is no guarantee that the part that they make would actually do the job. That’s why they are an aftermarket provider.
Know the Limits of Aftermarket Parts
As I have mentioned above, you need to make sure that the dimensions are correct. You need to make sure that the quality of the aftermarket part is somewhat comparable to the quality of the original part. Otherwise, you’re just basically playing with fire. You’re rolling the dice and it’s anybody’s guess if the aftermarket part will be up to the job.
Do Price Comparison
Now that you have found aftermarket parts, do price comparisons. The good news is, depending on the website you’re using, you stand to save quite a bit of money with aftermarket parts.
Now, it’s really important to compare apples to apples. Make sure that you’re comparing the same brand of aftermarket parts, otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense. You might be comparing a piece of gold to a piece of garbage and walk away with the piece of garbage because it’s cheaper. That’s exactly the situation you don’t want to find yourself in.
Ultimately, Do a Total Value Analysis
After you get all this information, you need to step back. That’s right. Resist the urge to whip out your credit card and pay for the aftermarket part. Do this last step. Ask yourself, “does it make sense to get a replacement part for my bread machine or should I just buy a new unit?”
If you look at the total value of the best bread machine, as far as its remaining life and the value of what you get out of it, the answer could go either way. The answer might be as simple as just getting a new unit and getting it over and done with.