To fix broken appliances or to buy new ones?

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Mark Jardine
November 19, 2022
Home appliances
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To fix or to replace? That is the question. Home Alliance has the answer for you! Whether it’s a cracked toilet, a noisy washer, or just an old appliance that you’re thinking of replacing, Home Alliance is here to lend a helping hand.

So, if you’re having a hard time figuring out which action is right for you, here are some things to ask yourself to decide whether it’s time to replace it, or just fix it!

Can you fix it by yourself?

It may be a simple question, but if you can fix the problem by yourself, then it really isn’t worth replacing or calling for a professional just yet!

Is your appliance still under warranty?

If your appliance is still a year or maybe 2 years old, it might still be under warranty. In this case, it may be possible to call your provider and see if they’ll pay for the repair or the cost of a new appliance.

How much would the repair cost?

Here is a rule to apply when making a decision whether to fix or repair: If the repair of an appliance that’s halfway through its lifetime costs more than 50% of the price of a new appliance, it will be better to just replace it. The repair cost may depend on the issue, but it’s also best to weigh the cost of repair and replacement.

How old is your appliance?

The previous question already stated the age of your old appliance, so if it is already halfway through its lifetime, it might be better to start thinking about replacing it.

Here's the average life span for some of the most common household appliances:

  • Dishwasher: 10 years
  • Refrigerator: 13 years
  • Washer: 10 years
  • Dryer: 13 years

What are you looking for in that appliance?

If you’re looking for a new, sleek, modern-looking home appliance, it’s better to buy a new one! However, if you just want an appliance that does its work, then maybe repair is for you.

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