When your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, or any other household appliance develops a problem, it will undoubtedly cause both stress and inconvenience. One major decision that you’ll need to make is whether you should repair or replace your broken appliance. If you are struggling to make this choice, here are some tips to help you find the best option for you.
How old is the appliance?
If your appliance is relatively new, then repairs usually prove more beneficial than replacement. In many cases, it’s easier to find parts for newer models than older ones. Appliances are generally made in large quantities, but once production of a particular model comes to an end, sourcing parts can become increasingly difficult. That said, repair experts understand this challenge, and they will have at least one solution to offer in such cases.
How much do the repairs cost?
The cost of repairs will often determine whether or not you go ahead with the work. If you don’t have the money on hand to pay for repairs, then it’s easy to assume that your appliance will need to remain as is until you have the money. If repairs cost far too much, the replacing your appliance might be a better financial option.
How much would it cost to replace?
When one of your household appliances breaks, it’s good to find out how much it would cost to replace. Compare these prices to the cost of repairs. If your appliance needs a minor part replacement or a small repair, then replacement would not be your best bet. If it costs more to repair your fridge, oven, washer, or any other appliance, then replacement might be the way to go. In some cases, even if the repairs are somewhat pricey, it will still cost at least somewhat less than a new appliance but, for those on a tight budget, it’s the only option that won’t leave them completely broke.
Do you have the time to shop around?
If you are inclined to buy a new appliance, it will involve a fair amount of shopping around. Even shopping online takes a certain amount of time and, in most cases, shoppers prefer to get an up-close look at large appliances before making any decisions. Shopping for a new appliance takes at least a day or two. If you cannot transport the appliance yourself, you will also need to arrange for transportation and this can cause additional delays. While you might be happy to wait for a new washer or dishwasher, your stove, oven, and fridge are needed on a daily basis which means that wasting time is not an option. Appliance repairs can be done in a matter of hours. After calling a specialist in your area, you can expect them to arrive that same day. If your repair technician arrives with all the tools and some spare parts on hand, repairs can be completed on the spot without any delays.
How attached are you to your old appliance?
While some people might not understand how it’s possible to become attached to an appliance, others will agree that they are associated with several memories. Think about a couple that has been married for several years and their fridge that they bought together with whatever little money they had at the time. For those sentimental types, it’s tough to let go of these kinds of memories and their appliances feel more like old friends than inanimate objects. Not to mention the fact that many people detest change and will do anything to keep things just as they are. Familiarity is often what makes your house feel like home. In such cases, no matter how much the repairs cost, they will always pay off in a sentimental way.