Repair or Replace? Make the Best Decision For Your Broken Appliances

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Keeping our home appliances with our daily living makes one huge task for homeowners. It certainly comes to a time that our refrigerator is not cooling, or our washing machine stops spinning. It gives us a crucial decision to make. Whether to repair or to replace them. Before fixing or ditching your appliances, you should know what to consider. 

Replacing or repairing appliances both takes time and money. But do you know that specific appliances also has its specific guidelines and rules when to have them replaced? Worry no more, as we help you make the best decision. Repair or replace your broken appliances. Let’s talk about it. 

1. Appliance’s Life Expectancy

Knowing the usual survival life of our appliances matter. Because no matter how good they look, but if inside they’re deteriorating, you have to replace them. For an instance, your “good looking refrigerator” is not cooling up but has been in the service for 15 years, replace it! Good looks do not determine the performance. Note that appliances are made to last only for a certain period of time, and not forever. 

Here is the average life expectancy guide for some common home appliances and the brands associated with them: 

  • Dishwasher: 10 years (For brands like Daikin, Whirlpool and Samsung)
  • Refrigerator: 12 years (For brands like La Germania, Bosch and Hitachi)
  • Freezer: 10 years (For brands like Mitsubishi, Samsung and Alpha)
  • Cooker Hobs  (gas): 15 years (for brands like Rheem and Miel)
  • Washing machine: 10 years (For brands like LG, Fisher and Paykel and Ariston)
  • Dryer: 12 years (For brands like Joven, Whirlpool, Mitsubishi and Whirlpool)

So if your appliances got damaged below the life expectancy date, have them repaired. If they get damaged after the life expectancy date, have them replaced

But do note that the life expectancy of your appliances still depend on the usual work load that they do, which also depends on your lifestyle.

2. Appliance’s Damage Level

Damage level on each appliance vary. It usually depends. If you are not so familiar with the appliances, you should call a repair expert to help you assess your appliances. Knowing the appliances’ damage level will do a big help in guiding you whether to replace or to have them repaired. There are simple damages like circuit problems, short in the plug, or even simple jams that could be easily repaired. If the damages are hard to be repaired or might take some time for their parts, then replace the appliances. This is very common to some brands like Thomson, and Fanco. That’s why it is always handy to have a repair center check it. You don’t want to wait for three months just to have your appliances repaired right? Jobs are better with these machines. So whatever’s easy and practical, make it your decision. 

3. Appliance’s Repair cost.

This is now about the price tag.  Some specific damages charge a specific amount of dollars. Especially if the damage is done on the expensive mechanism of the appliance, it will surely cost a fortune. So before having it repaired, you should take some time on comparing a new appliance’s price versus the unit’s repair cost. Sometimes having it repaired via repair centers adds an extra value to them.  There are repair centers that offers warranty on the repairs to be made on your appliances. This serves as an on top warranty beside the original warranty it has from the manufacturer. If it is cheaper to have it on repair, then go for it.  But if you happened to see a more affordable brand new appliance, then replace it. It is not only economical to check the costs. But it also makes a new life cycle for your appliances’ standard service. 

4. Appliance’s Warranty Matters.

All brand new appliances come with a warranty. This is your right as a consumer. As it assures you that the service of the manufacturer doesn’t stop even if you have their appliances outside their stores.  Knowing the warranty period of the appliance will help you in deciding whether to replace or to have it repaired. Warranty covers different scopes. But most common to it is the store or in-house repair which will help you save a lot of dollars. If the appliance is still in warranty and will be costing you lesser money, then have it repaired. But if the appliances are already out of warranty and might cost you a lot, then have it replaced.  But also do note that out of warranty products can still be repaired by centers. It is actually more economical, since having them repaired by centers assures an additional 1-year warranty on top of the manufacturer’s warranty.

But the thing is, there are also some repair centers who could do an affordable out of warranty repair. So you are the judge.  Practically, the cost is the name of the game here. 

5. Advanced Features and Added Beauty

As we all know, older appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners consume more electricity compared to the new ones. This is about the advancement of their features. Over time, manufacturers are finding their ways on how to improve their products. So once your appliances get damaged, you should also consider the features that a new one would give you. If you think that the electric bill that you have at the present is fine, then you go for a repair. But if you think that replacing your damaged appliance will help you save electric consumption in the long run then, replace.  Sometimes the added beauty of the modern day appliance could also be a good factor. If you want a modern look for your modern home, replace. But if your appliance keeps up with the classic interior of your home, then have it repaired

Giving all of these ideas still might not be enough to help you decide on replacing or repairing your appliances. It is actually a tough decision. Sometimes, it’s tempting to replace an appliance that works, but looks outdated — but you still have options.  The best is for you have a helping guidance by calling a pro appliance repair shop. They can actually assess your appliances with a corresponding quotation for you to see which is the practical decision to make.   

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