When your appliance suddenly malfunctions, it’s never a good news. Sometimes, it’s easier to replace the appliance with a newer and more performing one, rather than repairing it. However, when a relatively «new» appliance breaks down, the choice gets more complicated, certain decisions need to be made and several elements are to be taken into account : the general state of the appliance, the severity of the damages, etc. Should you repair or replace an appliance? Here are a few tips to help you make an informed decision.
1 – Verify your appliance warranty
Take time to verify if your appliance is still under warranty, Indeed, if yes, there is a possibility that the costs associated with labor and replacement parts are covered by the manufacturer. You can find the information in your user manual. Lost it? You can easily find one online : just use your model and serial number and add “user Manual” in your search query. Another way to find the information is to call your manufacturer directly.
2 – Know your household appliance useful lifespan
Many people don’t know about the average lifespan of their household appliances. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, here is what you can expect :
- Refrigerator – 13 years
- Dishwasher – 9 years
- Dryer (gas and electric) – 13 years
- Washer – 10 years
- Gas and Electric stove – 13 to 15 years
Usually, these averages may vary depending on the appliance brand, as well as the maintenance that was given to it over the years. If the lifespan of your appliance is exceeded, it might be wiser to replace it but not every time. For example, many owners of a Maytag Neptune washer will have them repaired although they are 15 or 20 years old. As those appliances are sturdy and their general state is good, it is sometimes worth investing the money. On the other hand, if your refrigerator stops working after only 5-7 years of using it, you should probably think about repairing before any replacement, depending of course on the cause of the malfunction. If you decide to repair it, its lifespan will be extended.
3 – Contact a professional appliance repair service
You can contact a professional appliance repair service in order to determine what are the malfunction causes. You can request a quote by a professional technician, that will let you know ahead how much you would have to pay for the entire repair. Depending on the cost, you’ll be able to better determine if you should repair or replace an appliance. In this article here, you can find 4 criterias to verify in order to determine which repair service is best, should you choose to repair your appliance.
4 – Choose an energy-efficient model
If you currently have an old model that is not stamped with the Energy-Star logo, maybe you should think about replacing your appliance : indeed, 10-years and older appliance models are known to be more energy consuming. Not convinced? We were not either until we saw that Hydro-Quebec broadened the eligibility requirements of the refrigerator replacement for low-income households program. This program makes it possible to replace an old fridge with a new high-efficiency Energy Star certified refrigerator that will help lower electricity bills. So it may be a good thing to replace your appliance with an energy-efficient model : they consume 10% less energy, therefore helping you save on your electricity bill in the long run. Do not hesitate!
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