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When To Repair Or Replace Your Appliances

You’ve spent a lot of money on your appliances. When they stop working, besides the big inconvenience, you might be wondering if you should repair or just replace it.

Outside of your home itself and the cars that you own, your appliances are some of the biggest purchases you will make for your home.

Most of the time, you don’t know your appliance has stopped working properly until it stops working all together. This can lead to a big disruption in your life.

When faced with the the option of repairing or replacing your appliance it is important to make an informed decision. Modern appliances can be repaired and it often makes sense to do so. The top things to consider are the severity of the issue, the average life expectancy of the appliance, and the cost of the repair.

Generally, repairing your appliance can save you a lot of money over running to the appliance store and buying a new one. Today’s marketplace has limited inventory and long delivery times, making a purchase even more inconvenient and disruptive to your life. You may not be able to buy the new appliance you want and you may have to wait weeks or months to get it.

We have listed below some common appliance problems that can easily be repaired and the average life expectancy of those appliances.

It is our experience that appliances are prematurely replaced due to remodeling or lack of proper maintenance. Also, these figures include lower cost appliances which are the majority of products sold. Higher end appliances that are properly maintained should have longer life spans.

01. REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT REPAIRED?

  • THE DOOR WON’T STAY CLOSED
  • THE ICE MAKER STOPS WORKING
  • NOT COOLING PROPERLY
  • NO WATER IN THE DISPENSER

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 YEARS

02. DISHWASHER

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT REPAIRED?

  • STOPS WORKING MID-CYCLE
  • THE DOOR WON’T CLOSE OR LOCK
  • IT IS LEAKING WATER
  • DISHES AREN’T DRYING
  • NOT FILLING WITH ENOUGH WATER

DISHWASHER AVERAGE LIFE
EXPECTANCY: 9 YEARS

03. STOVE, OVEN & RANGE

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT REPAIRED?

  • THE BURNERS WON’T TURN ON
  • THE OVEN WON’T HEAT  OR SELF-CLEAN
  • THE COOKING TEMPERATURES  ARE INACCURATE
  • THE OVEN DOOR WON’T STAY  CLOSED

STOVE, OVEN & RANGE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY: 14 YEARS

04. WASHING MACHINE

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT REPAIRED?

  • THE WATER TEMPERATURE ISN’T RIGHT
  • THE DOOR WON’T LOCK
  • THE MACHINE OVERFILLS WITH WATER
  • IT’S MAKING NOISES AND VIBRATING
  • IT IS LEAKING WATER

WASHING MACHINE AVERAGE
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 YEARS

05. CLOTHES DRYER

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT REPAIRED?

  • IT RUNS BUT DOESN’T HEAT UP
  • THE OUTSIDE GETS EXTREMELY  HOT TO THE TOUCH
  • IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO DRY
  • IT RUNS BUT QUICKLY TURNS OFF
  • IT SHAKES A LOT
  • THERE IS A BURNING ODOR

CLOTHES DRYER AVERAGE
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 15 YEARS

Watch our Appliance Master Live Episode where Bill as he talks about why to call Appliance Master to help you get the most life out of your appliances.

Bill Cummins

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