If the appliances in your home are not energy efficient, you should consider replacing them with energy efficient ones. This does not mean you need to go out today and purchase all new appliances; however, you should begin formulating a plan to replace them. Energy efficient appliances will work better and save you money on your energy bills.
If one of your non-energy efficient appliances needs repairs, you may want to have it repaired rather than replace it. Many times the cost of the repairs are significantly less than purchasing a new appliance. When determining whether you should repair or replace an appliance consider your budget. First, if the repair cost is minimal, you will want to have the repairs made; however, if the repairs cost more than half of the price of a new energy efficient appliance, you may want to consider replacing the appliance.
The first thing you should determine is whether or not your appliance is still under warranty. Most warranties are for one or two years. If the appliance is under warranty, you will want to have the repairs made. Another thing to consider is the typical life expectancy of your appliance. For example, dryers and refrigerators will last about 13 years. Washing machines will last about a decade before they begin to malfunction.
The life expectancy are just averages. Low-end appliances may not last as long as higher-end appliances. Keeping an appliance properly maintained and clean can help increase the life expectancy of the appliance. Therefore, regular maintenance and a regular cleaning schedule can help extend your appliance’s life expectancy.
There are many times when it makes more financial sense to have an appliance repaired rather than replaced. If your appliance is newer or the repair costs are minimal, it may be best to have them repaired, rather than replace them.