We’re all excited about new technology. But, for better or worse, sometimes that means that we can’t fix things on our own that we used to be able to. In the past, it might be pretty obvious if a screw was loose, if a connection has disconnected, or if a part was dirty that we needed to replace. Now, however, things can be a bit more complicated, and that will often require special service from someone in the industry of the item in question.
Some examples of this include getting things fixed with your car, your computer, your mobile phone, your heating and cooling systems, or your home security system. Not that long ago, at least some pieces of these things could be fixed with some know-how. Now they tend to need special tools or knowledge.
The Auto Industry
Getting your car serviced because of new tech isn’t that big of a deal. We know that we used to be able to change a car’s air filter, tires, spark plugs, or timing belt. But because things are both so compact and so computerized now, it makes that difficult, so it’s better to resign yourself in advance to the fact that taking the car into the shop when something goes wrong is your best bet.
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The Computer Industry
Do you remember when you could add RAM to your computer? Or change out the modem or graphics card? Now, you’re really playing with fire. Especially with higher-end computers, when you want to add and subtract component, a specialized store is really going to be your best bet. Sometimes you can even void warranties by tinkering around in places where experts recommend you avoid.
Mobile Phone Work
Right now, with new tech screaming forward, it’s almost impossible to do any modifications on mobile phones. You used to be able to get screens or buttons fixed at least, but now, almost everything needs to go straight back to the manufacturer. If anything goes wrong with your expensive mobile devices, it’s important to take them into the shop.
Heating and Cooling
Your furnace and air conditioners used to be at least self-explanatory enough that you could fix a few major things. Loose connections, areas needing more or less oil or dirt – you could clean it up and it would run nice and smooth again. But again, there are now computer processors in heating and cooling units that need to be adjusted by industry professionals.
Security systems are pretty interesting nowadays, in that they’re often connected via wi-fi and various processors to the cloud, home companies, and your mobile devices. It’s not as easy to fix them as before, where a system reset or pointing a camera in a different direction would fix a few different problems.