Reasons why OEM parts are better when repairing your kitchen appliances

Posted on: 22 July 2019

The modern kitchen is powered by appliances. As a homeowner, you need your appliances working effectively so as to prepare timely meals and keep food fresh. But what happens when one of your devices breaks down?

After an appliance repair technician inspects your machine, they may find that a specific component needs to be replaced. You will have two main choices with regards to replacement parts—OEM parts and aftermarket parts. OEM (Original Electronics Manufacturer) parts are those that came directly from the manufacturer and are almost guaranteed to perform at a high level. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are made by third-party suppliers, and there's no guarantee as to how they'll perform.

Here are several reasons why you should only install OEM parts in your kitchen appliances (if they need repair).

They're less likely to cause defects

OEM parts almost always have a lower defect rate than third-party components. This is because an OEM part has undergone thorough testing and is supplied directly from the manufacturer. Whether your repair contractor is replacing a refrigerator fan or an oven glass, obtaining the part directly from the manufacturer will result in a higher quality repair.

Aftermarket components, on the other hand, can be hit or miss. Some parts may function very well, while others may end up causing multiple complications down the road.  

They're covered by warranty

In most cases, OEM parts are the only ones that are covered by a warranty from the manufacturer. This is because such parts have been proven for their effectiveness, and manufacturers feel confident in providing free repairs in case their OEM parts fail.

But when it comes to aftermarket components, some manufacturers will limit or void the warranty because they're not sure of how the specific part will function. Your appliance repair technician may be willing to extend a repair warranty, but this is different from enjoying a full warranty from the manufacturer.   

They're safer

Remember that your kitchen appliances use lots of power on a daily basis. When you need repairs for a damaged oven, refrigerator or blender, using OEM parts will ensure maximum safety.

There have been horror stories where people used third-party blades to repair their blenders, only for those blades to become loose as they rotated inside the machine. Safety should be your top priority when in the kitchen. This is why OEM parts are a better choice than other available options.