Should I repair? Or should I Replace?

Where would modern life be without major appliances? Just looking at kitchen and laundry appliances, life would be quite different without them. Can you see yourself cooking everything over an open fire? Washing clothes on the stones in the stream?

An appliance in need of repair can disrupt even the smoothest running household. Then there is the question of whether to repair the appliance or replace it.

So, for every appliance, there comes a point in its life of diminishing returns. Often, when the cost to fix an appliance is less than the cost to replace it, fixing becomes the best choice. But, fixing does not make sense if the appliance is likely to break down soon or if the appliance will become technologically obsolete soon.


Appliance Repair verses Replace Considerations

Age

The repair verses replace decision is influenced by the age of the appliance. Once an appliance is older than its average life cycle, it is usually a good idea to replace. But there are exceptions; some high end appliances and some antiques may be very expensive to place.

Warranty

Check and see if your appliance is still covered under warranty, and what is covered; parts only; a reduced rate; everything free of charge; Warranties are valuable because of the high cost of replacement parts (sometimes more than the appliance). Also, when selecting someone to perform repairs under warranty, make sure they are authorized to do warranty work for that manufacturer and appliance.

Price

Professionals in the appliance repair industry generally agree if the total cost of repairs is more than half the cost of purchasing a new appliance, you are better off getting a new appliance.

Time to repair appliance

  • The warranty still covers the appliance
  • The appliance is an antique that would be difficult to replace
  • The needed repairs are minor and will extend the life of the appliance for several years

Time to replace appliance

  • The warranty on the appliance has expired
  • The total cost of the repairs add up to more than half the appliance's purchase price
  • Appliance is technologically obsolete

Preventive maintenance tips

The best way to keep your appliances running smoothly is to practice preventive maintenance. Many appliances fail because they are overused or misused by the consumer.

Appliance repair professionals say homeowners should read the operational manuals that come with appliances and follow instructions for proper use and preventive maintenance.

Washing machine

  • Do not overfill the machine, it could wear out early.
  • Set the water fill level to match the load of clothes in the machine; too much or too little can put unneeded stress on the motor.
  • Make sure the pockets of the clothes are empty. Foreign objects from pockets can become lodged in the washer.
  • Professionals suggest replacing the washer fill hoses every five years.

Clothes dryer

  • Every time you open the door of the dryer, clean the lint trap.
  • Annually, get the dryer venting inspected and cleaned (also considered fire prevention).

Refrigerator

  • The condenser coils need to be cleaned regularly. When the coils are covered with dust and debris, the unit has to work harder which puts stress on the unit. A vacuum cleaner normally works well to remove the dust and debris buildup.
  • Check and clean the door seal. That seal is the key to keeping the cold inside and the warm outside. If the seal is torn or damaged in any way, replace it.

Oven

  • Professionals suggest cleaning spills as they happen, and using drip pans to catch spills, and using the self-cleaning function as little as possible.

Dishwasher

  • On a regular basis, clean the dishwasher's filter. In addition to removing debris, also remove any hard water deposits.
  • Soap buildup can be removed by running the dishwasher while empty and using a small amount of distilled white vinegar.
  • Check each of the spray arms, including the spinning ones, and make sure all the holes are debris free.

Garbage disposal

  • The grinding blades of the disposal can be kept sharp by running cold water and sending a cup of ice down the disposal.
  • Before sending food down the disposal, run the cold water for 10 seconds. Continue running the cold water for 30 seconds after sending the food down. The cold water solidifies the fat and grease so the disposal can chop it up.



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