When your ventless portable air conditioner happens to break down, your first instinct is always to have it repaired. There are technicians who specialize in the repair of these sorts of appliances, and they normally don’t charge much. Nonetheless, there are situations where a ventless portable air conditioner is said to be beyond repair: situations where you would be better advised to simply replace the unit. We will be trying to identify such situations in this blog post: as we try to figure out when a ventless air conditioner unit is said to be beyond repair.
The first scenario where a ventless portable air conditioner is said to be beyond repair is if too many components are damaged, meaning that too many components have to replaced. In these scenarios, when you factor in the cost of the components that have to be replaced, plus the cost of labor, it turns out to be better to simply replace the air conditioner with a new unit.
The second scenario where a ventless portable air conditioner is said to be beyond repair is if the appliance keeps on breaking down too frequently. In this case, if you look at the likely long-term cost of repairing the unit every so often, it often emerges that you are better off simply replacing it.
The third scenario where a ventless portable air conditioner is said to be beyond repair is if it proves impossible to get the spare parts to replace damaged components. This can occur if the air conditioner is of an old model, whose spare parts are no longer available. The best thing to do, in this scenario, is simply to replace the air conditioner.
The fourth scenario where a ventless portable air conditioner is said to be beyond repair is if the appliance is simply too old, and it has gone past its intended lifespan. You have to appreciate that these sorts of appliances are normally manufactured to last a given number of years. And once that duration runs out, they tend to become so problematic that one is simply better off with a replacement.
Some years ago, at a time when my restaurant business was struggling, I decided to buy some second hand rice cookers that were on sale somewhere. The cookers I had been using in my restaurant kitchen had broken down over time, and the state of my finances then was such that I simply couldn’t afford to go for brand new rice cookers. So I decided to go for the second hand rice cookers that were on offer. To cut a long story short, that was a decision I lived to regret. The second hand rice cookers I bought turned out to be defective in many ways. One kept on breaking down. The other one was consuming too much power. The third one seemed to be simply unable to do it job – as it kept on burning the rice…
Looking back, I realize that I ended up in this difficult situation because I didn’t ask the right questions, while buying the second hand rice cookers. And to ensure that you don’t end up in the same predicament, I am going to share with you those questions that I ought to have asked. These are, in other words, questions that you should ask when buying second hand rice cookers, to avoid regrets.
Firstly, when buying second hand rice cookers, you need to ask the person who is selling the appliances why they are doing so. Of course, the person selling the rice cookers will give you the sorts of ‘positive’ answers that are likely to encourage you to buy the appliances. But if you check out the vendors’ body language while answering this question, you may be able to figure out whether the rice cookers are being sold in good faith or not.
Secondly, when buying second hand rice cookers, you need to explicitly pose the question as to whether the rice cookers that are up for sale have any technical issues. Sometimes, the answer to this question may reveal more than you expected.
Thirdly, when buying second hand rice cookers, you need to pose the question as to whether you can be allowed to use the cookers for some time, to gauge their performance, before actually committing to buy them. If the seller is unwilling to let you test the appliances first, then you have every reason to be suspicious.
Aroma Rice Cooker
Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker