Repair or replace? That is the question.
Deciding on whether you should repair or replace a home appliance often feels like a complicated guess. The decision seems tough: you’d rather not buy a new washer but you hesitate at the idea of spending on an appliance repair service. It’s a question asked by thousands of people every day.
If you’ve got a tight budget, repairs seem like the go-to option. But if you’ve got money to spare, buying a new model also seems like a good choice. The numerous what-ifs add to the difficulty of resolving the repair-or-replace dilemma.
Here are some considerations to help solve your problem:
Determine if the appliance is still under warranty
Check the warranty before anything else. Make sure to see your owner’s manual or records to determine if your appliance remains under warranty. According to Allproapplianceservice.com, most warranties on major appliances cover labor and parts for a year or two. If your appliance is still under warranty, schedule a repair instead.
Consider your appliance’s life span
Appliances often possess an average life span, which differs according to the type of appliances you have. Each appliance runs on borrowed time that expires once it has maximized its usage. The closer your appliance is to its expiration date, the more prudent is becomes to replace it. Repairing will only mend the damage temporarily and may cost more than replacement in the long term.
Will there be hidden costs when replacing appliances?
When considering replacements, determine the additional expenses that come with a new model. Sometimes, replacing an appliance includes more than the price of the machine. For example, a new refrigerator might require additional space. You might have to modify the cabinetry to fit your appliances.
Repair or replace? That indeed is the question. Before you make a choice, consider your options to save money and time.