Should you keep your old appliance?
Sometimes we are torn whether to fix our
favourite aged appliance that has never seen a repair person
or buy new. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you
find yourself in this position.
Has your appliance been very reliable
in the past?
If you have been lucky enough to have an
appliance for over a decade before needing a repair, it may
be wise to put some money into it to keep it going. Many times
the repair is inexpensive but remember at some point, replacement
parts for your appliance may become no longer available. Hopefully
after a repair you won’t have to worry for at least
Consideration of the repairs cost should
be taken into account. Generally, any repair that costs more
than half the price of a new product is best avoided. For
those costly repairs, the added savings of buying an energy
efficient appliance will make more sense.
What is the overlooked cost of replacing
an older appliance?
The true cost of replacing your appliance
needs to be considered when comparing repair cost vs. replacement
Replacing your older appliance usually requires
fees for installation, delivery and removal and disposal of
your old appliances. So before you rush into junking your
current appliance, ask yourself how much will it cost to remove
the existing appliance, install the new appliance, and dispose
of the old appliance.
Paying over a hundred dollars to have an
appliance installed is not unusual.
Are new appliances made of the same
quality as my current appliance?
The quality of lower-end appliances today
has degraded when compared to similarly priced machines 15
years ago. This is the result of manufacturers’ loss
of control of the quality of parts ordered from around the
world. It seems as though they would like us to replace our
appliances every few years. You can still buy high-quality
appliances but the more bells and whistles they come with,
the more there is that can go wrong.
High-end appliances can cost a lot of money
to fix because they use leading-edge technology such as smart
circuit boards. Also. spending top dollar on an appliance
no longer means more reliability; you are just as likely to
require an appliance repair on an expensive top of the line
model as you would a less expensive model.
So, although there are a lot of nice looking
appliances out there with fancy extras such as a steam feature
on a clothes washer. Your reliable old trusty washer may do
you well if you just give it a second chance at life.