DON'T DO IT YOURSELF
The paper shredder is a simple machine, one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. So okay. People might react to that, but it is definitely true for others. Identity is worth a lot more nowadays than at any other time.
But sometimes this simple machine breaks down in ways that for the average user is difficult to understand. Hopefully this article takes care of those worries.
A paper shredder is a simple machine inside and out. It has a simple motor that spin the blades when the machine is turned on. That's about it. For this reason, most paper shredders are designed to be replaced – not repaired. But the latter is cheaper, and it saves the environment one paper shredder machine's worth of e-waste. So what do you need to do to get it repaired?
The minute your paper shredder stops working, first check that it is turned on and connected to a wall socket. It never hurts to check these things. If you're sure it's broken, it is time to find the product warranty. You should have kept this when you first bought the machine. Good for you if you found it, as there's a chance the manufacturer will repair it for free.
If you don't have the warranty, you can take the machine to a service center. The cost of repair varies depending on how much repair is required to fix it as well as if any of the parts need replacing. So next time don't lose that warranty.
Don't eat more than you can chew
Whatever you do, don't try to repair a broken paper shredder. The shredder is an electronic device, and you could get zapped or electrocuted if you try and fix it without knowing what you're doing.
Take note you could get zapped even if you unplug the shredder beforehand. Sometimes the motor's capacitor holds electrical charge that gives out a nasty bite when touched. So which one is the capacitor? Don't bother knowing. Just call a repair man or take the shredder to a repair service center. That's the easiest way to get it fixed.
Save yourself the pain and trouble by letting a technician do the repairs. A shredder might be a simple machine, but repairing it isn't so simple. Trust us when we say: about repairing paper shredders, don't do it yourself.