Many suppliers state that they keep replacement parts in stock for 10 years. The VKI survey showed that this period is usually much longer. The oldest appliance for which a spare part could still be found was a gas hob, which has been in operation for over 32 years. Manufacturers often offer the option of searching for spare parts on their websites and ordering them there.
Find replacement parts with nameplate
If the internet search was not successful, inquiries by e-mail or telephone helped. The most important aid when looking for replacement parts is the type plate of the device for which the replacement part is intended. Manufacturers and suppliers of spare parts provide information on the Internet as to where the type plate is located on the device.