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To Repair or Replace: Learn How to Tell if You Should Replace Your Appliance or Buy a New One

To Repair or Replace: Learn How to Tell if You Should Replace Your Appliance or Buy a New One

When one of your appliances stops performing at peak level, or a repair is needed, you might start to wonder: should I replace it or repair the appliance? There is no single answer to that question – it depends largely on your appliance. However, you can keep reading to learn some of the basic elements you should look at to determine if the appliance should be repaired or replaced. You can also contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 for help.

The Age of the Appliance is a Big Factor

One of the main factors in determining whether you should replace or repair an appliance is the age of the appliance. For example, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and electric stoves generally last around 13 years. Dishwashers and microwaves will typically last around nine years. If you have an appliance that is on the fritz but is only five years old, then it is more likely worth it to fix it than it would be if the appliance was more than a decade old.

The Cost of the Repair

You do not want to spend as much on repairing the item as it would cost to replace it. Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is that if the repair will cost more than 50% of the cost of buying a new one, then it is often better to replace than repair. However, this is also somewhat age-dependent. If your appliance is only a few years old and the repair is costly but unlikely to need to be done again, then it could be worth repairing.

The Performance of Your Appliance

If you have an appliance that wasn’t working well before but is not working well at all, then it is important to know if the repair will get it back to great working order or its original working order. If repairing it will leave it still suboptimal performing, then it might be better to replace it. On the other hand, if the appliance was working perfectly until a specific issue occurred, then it might be worth fixing that issue.

Energy Efficiency

There are many good things about owning a new appliance, including the fact that today’s appliances are more energy-efficient than those from the past. An appliance that is more energy efficient is better for the environment and more affordable to run. That said, if you have a model that is less than ten years old, today’s options might not be considerably more efficient.

If you a cooktop, refrigerator, or oven that needs repair, contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934. You can trust us to offer you honest advice based on what’s best for you. We are ready to help today.

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