Appliance repair can dramatically increase the lifespan of your home appliances, but the reality is that nothing lasts forever. All major appliances have an expected useful lifetime. If you have a malfunctioning appliance that is nearing the end of its useful life, replacement may make more sense than repair. Here is how often you should replace your home appliances.
The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in the modern home. To prevent food spoilage and foodborne illnesses, the refrigerator should maintain a consistent temperature below 40 degrees. The average life of a home refrigerator is 12 years. Most refrigerator repairs are relatively simple, but if yours is getting close to its average lifespan, odds are good that it does not have the latest features or energy efficiency technologies anyway. At this point, it makes sense to go ahead and invest in an upgrade.
Dishwashers have a shorter average lifespan of just 8 to 10 years. Fortunately, a new dishwasher is relatively inexpensive. Have a dishwasher that still has a lot of life left repaired, but plan to replace it if it is getting older.
The range is your combination stove and oven. Ranges can be pricey to replace, but they last a long time—typically at least 20 years. If you develop problems with your stove or oven, it is definitely worth getting an estimate for a repair unless your range is very old, or you simply want more modern features.
Washers and Dryers
Clothes washers and dryers typically last 8 to 12 years. You can significantly increase the lifespan of your dryer, and reduce the risk of a fire, by regularly cleaning the lint trap and ducts. Both washers and dryers need occasional hose replacements and other minor maintenance to keep them working their best. Many repairs are simple, so it is worth considering repair unless yours are at or beyond their average life.
Common Appliance Problems
If your home appliance experiences any of these issues, consider calling in a professional. We will assess the situation and help you decide whether repair or replacement is most appropriate:
- Unit does not stay cold
- Excessive condensation or a buildup of frost in the freezer
- Exterior feels hot to the touch
- Motor runs continuously
Shuts off during a cycle
Does not fully fill or drain
Unusually loud noises during operation
- Uneven oven temperature regulation
- Uneven stove temperature, regardless of setting
- Self-cleaning oven cycle no longer works properly
- Washer leaks
- Washer drum does not completely fill with water
- Dryer does not dry properly
- Dryer has caught fire
- Either appliance is excessively loud
- Either appliance moves during operation
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If you are seeking quick, cost-effective, and reliable appliance repair, call Appliance Repair 512 today at (512) 351-7624. We look forward to handling all of your appliance repair needs.