If you have a broken home appliance, your first instinct might be to simply replace it. After all, we live in a disposable society, and we are used to throwing things out when they no longer serve our needs. Yet appliances are expensive and, in some cases, repairing them is quick and easy. Here are some times it makes more sense to repair a home appliance.
It’s Not Broken
In some cases, the problem isn’t with the appliance at all. Before you replace it, make sure the appliance is plugged in, the circuit breakers haven’t tripped, the appliance isn’t sitting on an uneven floor, and the filter or vent isn’t clogged. Sometimes the easiest fix is the right one.
It’s Under Warranty
Before you replace your appliance, find out if it is under warranty. You may have parts and labor coverage for a year and extended parts coverage for two years. If you have a home maintenance warranty, certain major appliances may be covered for much longer. Check your documentation and schedule a service call if you’re covered.
It Has a Lot of Life Left
Every appliance has an average useful lifespan. For example, dishwashers have an average lifespan of 12 years, while gas ranges typically last for about 15 years. If your appliance is still a youngster, it generally makes more sense to repair it.
It Doesn’t Meet the 50% Rule
The 50% rule requires you to both research the useful lifespan of the appliance and get an estimate for repair. If the appliance is more than 50% through its lifespan AND the repair is more than 50% of the cost of replacement, then it is best to replace it. If either statement is untrue, it makes more sense to repair it.
The Hidden Costs of Replacement Are High
In many cases, replacing an appliance costs far more than the actual price of the new appliance. A new refrigerator may not fit in the designated spot. A new gas range could cost thousands in new gas lines. Be sure to compare the full cost of replacement to the cost of the repair.
Replacing a broken appliance seems like a no brainer to many people who are used to our disposable modern culture. Yet in many cases, this can be an expensive mistake. Depending on the specific circumstances, repairing the appliance is often the better solution.
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