Is it time to repair or replace that old electrical appliance?
Like humans, machines have a life span (that of humans are longer though) and like humans as well, machines will not always perform at their optimum best all the time. However, unlike humans, machines can be replaced with new ones. The million-dollar question now is, how can you be sure as to when to go see the engineer or just head straight to the home appliance store?
It is usually a tough decision to make when your appliance takes up a mind of its own; your refrigerator takes longer than usual to cool up or your cooker takes forever to prepare relatively faster meals. Half the time, you have friends advising you on decisions to take, online blogs proffer their solution to your misbehaving gadget and then the company manufacturers also have their exclusive opinions regarding it. Decision making then becomes tougher than it was when you bought the appliance initially.
Here are some factors to consider when making that decision regarding your home appliance;
Firstly, How Long As That Appliance Spent In Your Home?
Simply put, how old is your appliance? Appliances also have life expectancy ages like humans you know! There is an estimated number of years when specific appliances should still be in use. If your appliance is passed that estimated number of years, then don’t bother about calling your electrical engineer (they’ll probably charge you unnecessarily), please head to the appliance store and purchase a new one then pat yourself on your way to the store for having maximized the appliance’s usage.
Now, take a look at the National average for your home appliance life expectancy;
The average life expectancy age for refrigerators is 14 years while for freezers and electric stoves or ovens, it is 16 years. Gas stoves have an average life span of 19 years. Dishwashers and washing machines have a life span of 12 years while Range hoods, Gas clothes dryers, Electric clothes dryers, and Garbage disposals/contractors are expected to stay in use for 14, 13, 14 and 13 years respectively. Regular Microwaves have a life expectancy age of 8 years.
Secondly, How Much Would It Cost To Repair The Faulty Appliance As Compared To Purchasing A New One?
Unfortunately, emotions do not matter in this situation. If the cost of repairing the faulty appliance is way more than half the price you would pay to get a new one, then it would be advisable to just acquire a new one. In fact, it is relatively cheaper to operate newer equipment than an old one. Interestingly, the annual energy savings might be enough to just get a new one and in some countries, there are tax credits for appliances of this nature. For the more expensive appliances, this analysis might not be applicable.
The average price of refrigerators nationally, for example, are between $800 and $3500 while for gadgets like stove ovens and dishwashers are around $400 – $1500. Washers and fryers fall in the range of $400 – $2000.
Finally, Don’t Make That Call To The Appliance Engineer Until You Check The Manufacturer’s Warranty
Please do well to check the product’s manual and the reference from the manufacturer to know if the appliance is still under warranty. You don’t want to waste money on repairs when you could have just taken it to the manufacturer. You’ll also be aware of any recalls you might have missed. Also, these manufacturers store up the parts for about 12 years from when the product was manufactured. This would give you a fair knowledge of how available the parts of your appliance would be if there’s any reason to repair them at a later time.
Hopefully, this article would be of help to you when making decisions about your faulty kitchen appliance. The factors mentioned above should always be considered when making those important decisions. Meanwhile, this article is not a replacement for a reputable appliance engineer or repair company. Please seek their advice when necessary.