How to Decide Whether to Repair Or Replace Your Home Appliances

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Have you been wondering lately whether it’s time to get rid of that washing machine you’ve had for a while? Do you feel that some of your appliances only need a repair to keep working? The decision to repair or replace can be a difficult one to navigate.

Fortunately, there are several key signs that you can use to determine the difference between an appliance that needs fixing and one that’s kaput. Knowing these signs will help you maximize your appliances.

See below for an in-depth guide on how to decide whether to repair or replace your current appliances using the signs listed below.

1. Consider Each Individual Appliance

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners mistake is bundling their home appliances under one strict timeframe. In other words, they buy a washer, dryer, and dishwasher at the same time, then assume they’ll all need to be replaced at the same time.

That just isn’t the case. Several factors contribute to the wear and tear of your appliances, and they can each affect your appliances differently. Such factors include time, climate, workload, usage, user neglect, lack of repairs, etc. 

It’s time to start looking at your appliances individually, ladies and gentlemen. Doing so can help you save a ton of money by maximizing the usage of your appliances.

The signs of a breakdown differ by appliance. For example, a dishwasher shows signs of slowing down when the water isn’t draining, its door fails to latch, there’s leaking water, and the dishes are still dirty after the cycle is finished. 

Meanwhile, a stove shows signs of needing a repair/replacement when the power starts fluctuating, your cooking time drags on, the switches cease to work, and so on.

Knowing the different signs of each appliance will alert you to when a repair is necessary.

2. The Frequency of Maintenance

There’s another common misconception among homeowners that whenever an appliance stops working as it should, you have one of two options: repair or replace. Most of the time, that isn’t the case. Your top choice should always be to repair the appliance and extend its lifespan (thus saving you money over replacing it).

Too many homeowners are quicker to replace an appliance than they are to hire a trusted appliance repair service. Instead, let’s shift our line of thinking: the repair should dictate whether or not a replacement is necessary. Make sense?

So the next time that an appliance breaks down, reach out to a trusted repair service to troubleshoot the issue. If you notice that you’re having to schedule repairs more and more over time, then it’s time to consider replacing the appliance.

For example, let’s say you’re having issues with your refrigerator. You schedule a time for a repair service to come by and fix the issue. However, if the same problem keeps occurring (thus prompting you to continually schedule the same repair), it’s time to consider a replacement.

Your trusted appliance repair service can always help you with this decision as well. They’ll let you know when it’s time to replace the faulty appliance(s), as well as what brands they recommend.

3. Your Appliances Make Loud Noises 

We’ve all been there. You walk past an appliance in your home that’s making a weird noise and wonder to yourself “Has it always made that noise? Have I just never noticed it?”

Remember this: appliances are intentionally made to run with as little noise as possible. If your appliance (regardless of what it is) is making a loud or unusual noise, then it’s time to contact a repair expert. 

Generally, loud noises are an indication that one aspect of the appliance isn’t working properly, such as the compressor in your HVAC system. If left unrepaired, the problem will continue to worsen, as well as cause other issues.

A lot of noises can be fixed if repaired ASAP. If you neglect the appliance, then you’ll be forced to drop hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for a replacement.

4. Unusual Smells

Ah yes, this is a problem most homeowners know all too well. You take a walk around your house, then—all of a sudden—you notice a daunting smell.

That smell is likely coming from a faulty/aging appliance. For example, your stove might start to smell like rotten eggs. Your fridge might start to smell like old food. Your washer might start to smell fishy. You get the idea.

In most cases, those smells can be solved with a repair. But if the problem continues to come back, it might be worth considering a replacement.

5. Constant Running

If you’ve noticed that your appliances are constantly running, you should reach out to an appliance repair service right away. 

An appliance that continuously runs can cause a variety of issues. First, it will cause the appliance to inevitably overheat and stop working. It will also cost you a fortune on your next utility bill since the appliance is using constant energy.

Any time that you notice your service is running too often without shutting off, reach out to a repair service to come take a look.

Repair or Replace: Find a Trusted Appliance Repair Service Today

Now that you have seen a guide to help you decide whether to repair or replace your home appliances, be sure to use this information well.

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