Aftermarket vs. OEM Parts: Differences and Which One Should You Choose

Introduction: Charlotte, NC Appliance Repair: Aftermarket vs.OEM Parts Explained

Aftermarket parts are the replacement parts that are manufactured by a company other than the original manufacturer of the appliance. On the other hand, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts are produced by the appliance’s original maker, typically a major appliance manufacturer.

These two types of parts have a few several notable differences. One primary difference is the pricing; aftermarket parts tend to be more budget-friendly compared to their OEM counterparts.  Another key difference lies in warranty coverage – OEM parts come with a warranty, offering peace of mind in case of any issues, whereas aftermarket parts lack this warranty protection. Replacement parts don’t fail too often but when they do, it’s great to have a warranty on the part.  Consequently, if an issue arises with an aftermarket part, you’ll be responsible for covering any repair or replacement costs out of your own pocket.


Part 1: The Basics of Aftermarket/OEM Parts


There are many factors that can affect your decision to purchase aftermarket or OEM parts. The most important factor is the quality of the part. OEM parts are generally considered to be higher quality than aftermarket parts and may last longer.  Although this is not always the case, most of these parts are made by manufacturing plants that have as good quality assurance as the OEM plants.

The second factor to consider is the warranty.  If your appliance has a manufacturer’s warranty, then you would need to make sure that you purchase an OEM part in order for it to be valid.  If there is no warranty, then this becomes less of an issue and you can decide based on cost and quality.  The normal length of a warranty for most residential appliances, is typically one year.  This could vary depending on brands and also extended warranty offerings.

A third factor is part availability.  Aftermarket parts may not be available for some appliances so you will need to check with your supplier before purchasing an aftermarket part for that specific appliance repair.  Sometimes OEM parts are discontinued and the only option is to use an aftermarket part.

Part 2: How To Choose The Right Part For Your appliance repair

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The first thing you need to do is to understand what type of appliance you have.  If you are not sure what type of appliance you have, give us a call at (704) 783-1850, and we’ll assist you in identifying your appliance and help you to get the correct part and repair solution you might need!

Now that you know what type of appliance it is, it’s time to figure out what part needs to be replaced.  This is the tough part and could take a trained expert appliance technician to diagnose and identify the issue and the solution.  Top Flight Appliance Repair will help get the job done, no matter how tough it may seem!

Conclusion: The Pros and Cons of Aftermarket Appliance Parts Versus OEM

Aftermarket parts are cheaper than OEM parts, but there is a risk that they may not be compatible with the appliance.

OEM parts are more expensive, but they are guaranteed to work with your appliance.

Not all OEM parts are available, especially after the useful life expectancy of your appliance.

Top Flight Appliance Repair can help you find the right solution for your appliance issues!