When the water in your washing machine doesn’t drain out or when your freezer compartment in your fridgedoes not keep the proper temperature, your first thought is to call specialists since repairing a kitchen appliance is often more budget-friendly solution. However, sometimesit may turn outthat buying a newer model of an appliance is more cost-effective way. How can you tell if that time has come? There are several factors to be considered before you make the decision.
Some factors are out of our control. Parts for older models of appliances may be more difficult to come by and/or more expensive to purchase if they are even available for purchase.
- Life expectancy
According to the facts, the average life of kitchen appliances is the following:
- 18 years – range (gas)
- 16 years – range (electric)
- 13 years -refrigerators
- 12 years – freezers, dryers (gas or electric), garbage disposals, water heaters (electric)
- 11 years – washers, dishwashers, water heaters (gas)
So, repairing might be the best solution if your kitchen appliance is just three years old; if it is 10 years of service, it is the time to start looking for new models.
- Energy efficiency
If you want to save money on your bills or if you are committed to living a greener life, you might also want to consider replacing a broken appliance rather than repairing it.
Do not hesitate to replace not under warranty appliance if the cost of repair is more than 50% of the cost of replacement. Old kitchen appliance you can recycle, sell, take back to the store or donate.
If you decide to purchase a new appliance instead of repairing, properkitchen appliance installationis extremely important. The appliances will not run smoothly, if they are not assembled and installed correctly.Kitchen appliance installation is best handled by qualified specialists.Hiring installation professionals will not only save time, but will protect your house. A bad plumbing or gas connection, a missed wire can turn into much bigger project on your hands. You will feel confident knowing that the job will be doneappropriately, since they have the necessary installation tools and equipment to get the job done quickly and properly.