When an appliance gets older and isn’t working efficiently, it’s easy to decide to buy a replacement.
However, appliances often breakdown before their time, creating the tough decision of whether to repair or replace.
Here are some guidelines that will help you decide:
Is It Truly Broken?
When an appliance stops working, we often think it may be time to replace the unit. Before buying a new model, assure that:
- The appliance is plugged in.
- The flooring hasn’t become uneven, which can stop some appliances from turning on.
- The vents and filters aren’t clogged with lint and dust.
- Check to see if the circuit breakers are tripped.
How Old is the Appliance?
When deciding whether to replace or repair your appliance, you can apply the 50 percent rule to the age of your appliance.
If the appliance is more than 50 percent through its lifespan, and if the cost of one repair is more than 50 percent of the cost of buying new, then you should replace rather than repair.
Weigh In On the Variables of Repair Vs. Replacement
There’s no perfect formula that will provide a definitive answer, but it’s helpful to make a similar calculation as you would when buying a car. Ask yourself these questions:
- How old is the appliance in question?
- How much will it cost to repair the unit vs. what the replacement would cost?
- Has the appliance broke down before or given you trouble in the past?
- What is the difference in energy consumption and cost between your current models and potential replacement?
Your decision to repair or replace your major appliance can be determined by your answers to these questions.
Whether you need to replace your unit or schedule a repair, we can help with that! Danny’s Appliance high-end appliances and repair services at a reasonable cost. Call us today at If 401-351-0510 or visit dannysapplianceri.com.