Repair vs Replacing
It use to be that you repaired a appliance until it could no longer be repaired. This was because replacement appliances were often more expensive than any repairs that could be done. With the start of the industrial revolution however this was no longer the case. Appliances were able to be mass produced in such a way that replacement was often cheaper than repair. Though with advances in technology and the high tech components that go into appliances today. When one of the low tech components goes bad, repair is a viable option once more.
Average Life Expectancy
The average life expectancy of an appliance is one of the key factors when thinking about repair over replacement. The life expectancy is not how long an appliance should run, but a close guess. If the life expectancy is 9 years and yours lasts 8, it could be time to replace. Though most people would like to get 10 years out of an appliance that has an average of 9. Some of the average appliance life expectancies are:
- Dishwasher: 9 years
- Refrigerator: 13 years
- Freezer: 11 years
- Kitchen range/oven (gas): 15 years
- Washing machine: 10 years
- Dryer: 13 years
The first step towards repairing an item is figuring out what is wrong. Sometimes this could be easy. A part that is suppose to move doesnâ€™t, a part that is not suppose to move does, or something has come lose that is now allowing the appliance to function to its full capability. The people at A Appliance xperts have the knowledge to be able to troubleshoot your appliances to know what needs to be fixed. Often times what could seem like a major issue could be a relatively easy fix, and those that might seem small could be a sign of a larger issue. Either way after the problem has been diagnosed the choice to repair or replace can be made. Often people can get years of additional use out of their appliance once it has been repaired, or even a little extra maintenance is done to help improve its functionality.
Though when it comes down to it replacement could be the only option. Replacement is the best route to go when the cost of a repairing an item is close to the cost of a new item. Why fix a 15 year old dishwasher for $800 when a new dishwasher with the same features cost $820. But why replace a 2 year old dishwasher when the repair cost could be $50 when a new one could cost $750. A professional opinion can help in determining this, not only can they give you a estimate on what the cost would be to repair your current appliance. They can also let you know if there is any other potential problems that are known to occur.
Prolonging Appliance Life Expectancy
One option though that most people donâ€™t consider is a maintenance program. Many companies like A Appliance Xperts offer programs to regularly maintain your appliances to significantly improve the number of years that you can get out of your appliances. Often times parts wear out not from being faulty or cheaply made, but from the lubricants and seals that were installed when it was made simply wearing out over time. This can cause other components to wear out faster and become either a more costly repair or could require you to replace your appliance completely.
When to call an appliance repair Expert
Like all mechanical problems, waiting longer will only cause more problems in the long run. A Appliance Xperts offer same day service for most major appliance brands. The sooner that a call is placed, the sooner that your appliance will be back up and running, because let’s face it. If your want your refrigerator to be running in 2016, Iâ€™ll probably vote for it.