Appliance Repair & Maintenance

Appliance repair versus replacement

There are many major appliances that form part of everyday modern life. Without these amazing appliances, people would be spending time washing their clothes by hand and cooking meals over open fires.
A broken appliance can cause quite a problem is most households, and this bring us nicely to the topic of this article, whether to repair or replace the broken appliance.
When it comes to repairing appliances, every device will eventually reach a point of minimal return. Logic should dictate, that if it is cheaper to fix a broken appliance than to replace one, then the smart money will be with the fixing option. However, if an appliance is likely to break down in the near future, then it doesn’t exactly make sense to repair it, instead invest in a new technologically advanced appliance with warranty.

Here are some key points to consider when deciding whether or not to fix or upgrade to a new appliance:

The key point to consider is the age of the appliance. The age will help determine whether you should replace or repair. Most appliance typically have an average life span and when that life span has been reached or passed, then it is usually a good idea to replace the appliance. However, there are exceptions to this general rule when it comes to age, antiques and really high end appliances are those exceptions. It will probably always work out more cost effective to repair these types of appliances than to replace.

Warranty is obviously a key factor to consider. It is worth checking if your appliance is still under warranty because if it is, then you are likely to be able to have it repaired, usually free of charge. When buying you next appliance, definitely consider the period of warranty as it is important due to certain parts being very expensive and in some cases, can cost more than that of a new appliance. Depending on your locality, ensure that the warranty is covered by a factory authorised appliance repair shop.

Price, granted this will be one of the biggest considerations. What we typically hear from appliance repair experts is that when the price of the appliance repair costs more than half the cost to purchase a new appliance, then you are usually much better off buying a brand new appliance.

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Comments 1

  • Really useful read, I can’t agree more that we should all be aiming to use an appliance for its full lifespan, not just the lifespan of one part. There is so much waste in the developed countries. Repair appliances, keep local jobs and not that of multi-million dollar companies.
    I’ve just started my own repair company fixing mainly refrigerators and other appliances in Los Angeles.

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