How to decide when to repair vs replace the most common household appliances

Household appliances can be some of the most expensive purchases homeowners and renters alike make. They are essentially an investment and with every investment, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

Purchasing appliances should be a critical task, it’s good to have an idea of the life expectancy of key common appliances, to make sure you’re receiving value for your money.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, on average an appliance should last longer than 5 years.

Kitchen Appliances

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Specifically, microwaves and dishwashers are expected to last 9 years, whereas on the other scale gas cookers and refrigerators can last for 13-15 years.

The key influence on how long your appliance can last is down to your maintenance.

Therefore, before making any decision on repairs, it’s essential to stay on top of your maintenance, by firstly reading the product guides and/or by browsing the website of your appliance service provider for any troubleshooting queries.

Maintenance

Washing Machine

Over the lifetime of your product, you should be focusing on the maintenance as this can slow down the process of needing repairs.

According to basic maintenance guides, it is suggested to not overload washes, ensure to hoover refrigerator coils, set up monthly empty hot washes for your washing machine as well as to keep your dishwasher filter clean. This will allow your appliances to continue to work under their best conditions.

Despite following guides and tips from time to time your appliances will fail you, therefore it’s good to be aware of things to look out for to help with your decision on appliance repairs.

Repairs

When making the decision to repair your appliances it’s good to check the brand name of your appliance as some suppliers have specific verified specialists, who handle repairs. Such as Service Force who handle AEG repairs, this will save you time and money overall by ensuring your repairs are done professionally.

Specifically, it is a good idea to look at the cost of purchasing a new machine vs repairing.

In general, if your appliance has lasted you a short-medium length of time it would be best to have it repaired to minimalize on cost.

When it comes to the decision between maintenance and repairs it’s generally a better idea to weigh out the issue by comparing the scale of the job vs the cost. If your appliance is simply running slow due to cleanliness issues or the clogging of filters you can easily maintain it and fix any issues yourself.

If on the other hand, your appliance is facing bigger issues, firstly check your warranty as this can sometimes be a forgotten but cost-saving step, next ensure to source professional repair companies to compare quotes to find what is affordable for you.

These ideas should ensure you make the right decision to further the life of your household appliances.

 

HOW TO DECIDE WHEN TO REPAIR VS REPLACE THE MOST COMMON HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

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