It’s an expensive question that leaves many homeowners stumped, and one that our highly-trained technicians get asked a lot, “Should I repair my broken appliance or just replace it?”
Many people believe that just getting your appliance fixed is the easiest solution. There is no need to do research on a new appliance, price compare and then go out to the store and buy your new appliance. Also, sometimes we think that just fixing a broken dishwasher will be a lot cheaper than buying a new one. But that may not be the case if you have to get your dishwasher fixed six months later!
There are questions you should be asking yourself before you make the big decisions on whether to repair or replace your appliance.
Is It Really Broken?
This may seem like a weird question, but sometimes your appliance isn’t really broken. Check out your plugs or circuit breaker to see if those may be the reasons why your appliance has suddenly decided to give up on you.
Also, look at the appliance instruction manual to see if there are any troubleshooting tips to help you figure out what is wrong.
Is It Still Under Warranty?
If your appliance is still fairly new, you should check your records and see if the appliance is still under warranty. Most warranties will cover labor and parts for up to a year after a buy it. And an extended warranty can last for two years.
If it’s still under warranty, go ahead and call the repair company to get it fixed. There is no need to replace.
Is Your Appliance At The End of Its Lifespan?
It’s important to know the lifespan of your appliances because that can play a huge role in your decision-making process.
According to a National Association of Home Builders study, here are the lifespans of some major appliances in your home:
- Central Air Conditioner: 15 Years
- Water Heater: 10 – 20 Years
- Furnaces: 15 – 20 Years
- Dishwasher: 9 Years
- Disposal: 12 Years
- Washer: 10 Years
- Dryer: 13 Years
- Microwave: 9 Years
- Refrigerator: 13 Years
- Freezer: 11 Years
The length of time depends on how well you maintain it. Charlotte Mechanical’s highly-trained technicians will come to your home and do proper maintenance checks on your air conditioner, heating system and water heater, to make sure it has a long life.
We put together a list of 7 chores that many people forget to do, but should really do on a yearly basis to help with the maintenance of your appliances.
How Much Will The Repair Cost?
A good rule to apply when deciding to repair or to replace is the 50% rule. If your appliance is 50% through its lifespan and the cost of the repair is 50% more than the cost of a new appliance, then you should probably consider replacing your appliance.
Is it Time to be More Energy-Efficient?
If your appliance is on its last leg, maybe it’s time to go ahead and replace with an energy-efficient appliance. This can also help you save money on your electric bills down the line.
Sometimes we hold onto appliances and constantly repair them because of their sentimental value. It’s hard to say goodbye to that refrigerator that you got when you graduated from college. And that microwave has seen you through many nights of frozen dinners. But nothing will last forever, so even the most reliable appliance must be disposed of eventually.
Here at Charlotte Mechanical, we know having to repair or replace these major appliances can hit your wallet hard. That’s why we offer flexible financing options to help you as much as possible with the repair or installation costs of a new air conditioner, heating system or water heater. You can also call us at 704-771-1020 and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you with any questions that you may have.
You can also schedule an appointment with one of our award-winning technicians to come out and check your HVAC system to see if everything is working properly or to make some repairs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including nights, weekends and holidays.