BRITS will wait up to four months before fixing a broken appliance – including microwave ovens, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners.
Families will also give a faulty heater for more than 12 weeks and a defective radiator for three months before attempting to repair or replace them.
Refrigerators, freezers and stoves that don’t work are also among the things that households will have to fix for weeks before they get to work.
A study of 2,000 adults found that 38% are giving up on fixing items around the house due to lack of time, while 28% simply don’t have the tools for the job.
But 47% admitted to being guilty of turning a blind eye to things they could handle on their own.
Spokesperson for online demand service, Local heroThe unit that carried out the study, said: “British people short of time are shelving repair plans on the basis that they can’t afford it or simply don’t have the time.
“It is completely understandable that households may not have the time or tools needed to fix things around the house – especially essentials like fireplaces, radiators and boilers. .
“And with some of the more complex items, it’s definitely not a good idea to try and make repairs you might not be qualified to do.”
Research shows that 52% of adults want to have a professional do a job because they would put a break on fixing it for other ages.
Although 15% will try repair their boiler.
Also, 82% of adults think it’s too quick now to replace something that’s broken or old, rather than trying to fix it on their own.
Another 52% disagree with paying extra for a mechanic to do the job when they can learn skills to do the repairs themselves.
And 39% of those with a partner wish their partner would fix things for the better, according to OnePoll research.
However, 56% want to learn self-repair when it comes to everyday items like phones, computers and TVs.
While 57% have learned some tricks from their parents to fix something not working properly.
When it comes to DIY, 66% say they feel more satisfied fixing an older thing, only 16% are satisfied buying a replacement they couldn’t buy themselves.
The study also found that colder days are causing further delays to repair planning – with 65% and 61% of adults more concerned with paying their electricity and gas bills.
About 4/10 are often worried about their home too cold in winter.
But more than a quarter of adults (27%) are eager to get through the colder temperatures and enjoy a fix in the winter time.
A spokesman for Local Heroes added: “It’s great to see Britons trying to get their repairs done in the most challenging of seasons – and at a time when energy and electricity bills are at their highest.
“However, learning a thing or two from someone you know, or a professional business professional, can take some of the pressure off and save you time and money if other priorities need to be taken care of. In your home.”
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