Home Appliances: Repair Or Replace?
The value of trusting appliance repair to professionals is considerable. However, hiring someone to repair the appliances throughout your home isn’t always the right way to go. Even with the best appliances, you can get to a point in which replacement is a better idea. Maintenance and other tactics can ensure your appliances last for years and years to come. Many of them should, when they are used and cared for properly.
Still, every fridge, dishwasher, and other appliance has a shelf life. It will get to the point in which repairs have become costly, short-term solutions. You can also get to the point in which repairs are not going to work at all. At that point, replacement is going to make the most sense.
Should I Repair Or Replace My Home Appliances?
Trying to choose between repair or replacement can feel like you’re about to make a potentially expensive guess. It doesn’t have to feel like that. In terms of choosing between appliance repair or appliance replacement, there are a few simple things you can keep in mind:
- Remember that products aren’t falling apart faster: By and large, repair rates for products have remained consistent over the past several years. In fact, repair rates as researched by consumer interest groups have been pretty consistent for the decade. In fact, certain products, including certain laptops and TVs, are seeing their repair rates diminish. Still, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a careful shopper.
- Do your research: Lousy products are out there. We certainly won’t tell you that they aren’t. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to do some research on your options. Consider your budget, and what you know you will need from the appliance. Using those things to guide your research, you should be able to find what you want.
- Fifty percent: If you are spending more than fifty percent on the cost of a new version of your product on repairs for the older version, you are officially spending too much on appliance repair. At this point, your best bet is to start looking into some replacement options.
- Saving money on your repairs: Provided that you aren’t voiding your manufacturer’s warranty, one of the best ways to save on repairs, if that’s still an option, is to trust the work to an independent repair company.
These are some easy tips to help you choose between repair work or replacement.