Home Appliances have an average useful life — the typical runtime or lifespan after which the machine is running on borrowed time/last leg. But appliances often break before their time, making the repair-or-replace decision harder.The older the appliance gets from its original manufacturing date, the wiser it is to replace, rather than repair.
So when choosing whether repair or replace your home appliance, there are a five very important things to consider.
- Age of your current home appliance
- Repair estimate/cost
- Pricing of a new unit
- Energy efficiency
- Whether to modify your kitchen cabinets or space to accommodate a new unit
These are just a few things to consider before you decide whether to repair or replace. Some technicians may even be reluctant to do any repairs on appliances six years or more than its original manufacturing date.
If you cannot shell out few hundreds to thousands for a new home appliance, you may have to repair the old appliance and hope for the best. Or you can purchase a used one, newer model in a good condition for much lower, often on apps like offer-up / let-go.
But if you’ve got some spare change, then replacing with a brand new, energy-efficient model often is the best way to go. Here are the typical lifespans of major appliances:
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