Man attempting to repair a washing machine

When it comes to your home appliances, you have two choices for when problems arise: repair them, or replace them. Depending on the thing needing repair, you can sometimes get away with just replacing a small part. However, if it’s time for the appliance to be replaced altogether, there will be signs to look for. A repair will usually be less expensive than a replacement; however, replacing an appliance that needs repairs can also save you money in the long run. Here are ways to know which way to go.

1. Look for Warning Signs

When deciding whether to repair your appliance or replace it, you may have to look for warning signs. Before calling in a professional and deciding, do some research first. You might be able to find out some info by looking online or even researching the problem yourself so you can see if it’s something you could fix or something that will require a replacement.

2. Find Out if Replacing is Cheaper than Repairing

It can be tricky to find exact prices on repairing or replacing an appliance.  There are so many things to consider, whether it’s the cost of labor, the difficulty of the fix or even the mere inconvenience of it.  While the internet can be helpful for a lot of information, sometimes it’s best to call a professional.  Finding a local repair group, such as Mack Plumbing & Hydronics Inc for plumbing repair, or a neighborhood handyman who’s good with a washing machine, can be invaluable in assessing the potential costs involved in this choice.

3. Consider How Old the Appliance Is

Consider your appliance’s age when considering whether you should replace it or repair it. If your appliance is past its prime and has already lasted a long time, consider replacing it rather than continuing to repair it. The problem is that some appliances, such as washers and dryers, don’t fare as well after several years. This is true even if you do regular maintenance on your appliances. If you aren’t sure about the lifespan of your appliances, it’s possibly best to contact a professional.  If your appliance is old, it might be time to replace it.

4. See What the Professionals Say

When you have a specific problem, one that potentially might not be fixable, find out what the professionals say about it and then decide accordingly. Instead of trying to learn everything you can from online sources or from books that are not necessarily current with today’s technology, ask someone who knows about the appliance professionally. They can give you advice that is current and also based on experience.

There is no one perfect answer to the question of repair or replacement. The choice will depend on your situation; however, you can follow general rules for some things that may not apply in your particular case. By remembering these rules and consulting a professional if necessary, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision and save money in the long run.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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