Fixing your current appliances is simply one of the tasks that come along with home ownership. After all, brand new appliances will start to give problems as time goes by. However, when you do have problems, the first solution shouldn’t be to simply go and buy a new one. We will now take a look at a couple of reasons why you should have those appliances repaired.
Firstly, if you have a particular appliance that is not functioning as it should, then you should check the warranty before you throw it out. Many appliances have warranties that last for over a year and once you have that warranty, you can get the appliance fixed at no cost to you. All you need to do is go into the store where you purchased the appliance, produce the warranty and explain the issue you’re having. The store will then process the issue and the warranty and then send their personnel to assess and fix the issue. In the event that it can’t be fixed, there’s a high chance that they will replace it with a brand new appliance.
Next, if you have an appliance that is a bit noisy, making rattling sounds or doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, then a simple servicing may do the trick at restoring it. This is very common in stoves where you notice the oven not getting as hot or the burners not working. There have also been instances where there’s a noisy fridge or the freezer is not producing temperatures cold enough to freeze ice. In many cases, simple maintenance can help to solve these problems and make your appliance work as though its brand new.
In the event that the warranty has ended and a servicing doesn’t fix your appliance, then you need to think about whether you should hire a repair man to diagnose and fix the problem or buy a new appliance. In order to make this decision, you should consider the life of the appliance and which option is more cost effective. Basically, if the appliance is older than half of its typical lifespan, then the cost to fix it should be less than half the cost of a new appliance. The typical lifespan of a fridge is 13 years, a freezer is 11 years, a stove is 15 years, washing machine is 10 years etc. A simple Google search will show you the general life span of most household appliances so you can determine which option is best.
Lastly, the final reason why repairing an old appliance may be better than buying a new one is if the appliance holds some sort of sentimental value. For example, if your grandmother gave you her old ice cream maker, then you would surely want to repair it than throw it out. Appliances, just like any other thing can hold a great deal of sentimental value that overrides any monetary value.
In closing, we have just looked at a couple of reasons why repairing your household items may be a better option than buying new ones. So, be sure to keep the above reasons in mind before deciding on what to do.