Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

Ice cream is melting in the freezer. The refrigerator is warm. Clothes come out of the dryer still wet. The dishwasher is making a weird noise. If you’ve experienced any of these appliance malfunctions, then you’re probably asking yourself what to do—repair or replace the appliance?

At Reno’s Appliance, we know that deciding to repair or replace appliances can be difficult, but answering these 7 questions may help point you toward the right answer.

1. Do you have a warranty?
The very first thing you’ll need to determine is if your appliance has a warranty. Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll typically have the option to purchase an extended warranty (usually 5 years). That way, you’re covered for a total of 6 years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

2. How much will the repair cost?
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If the repair costs less than 50% of what you paid for it, then the repair is worth it. Remember to factor in the cost of any new parts along with the cost of labor when considering the overall cost of a repair. Likewise, you should also consider the cost of having a new appliance delivered and installed in addition to its purchase price.

3. How old is the appliance?
We can use that same 50% rule when it comes to the age of your appliances as well. That means if your appliance is more than halfway through its expected life span, and requires repair work that’s more than half its original cost, then you’re better off getting a new appliance. Here’s the average life span of some common household appliances:

4. Are parts available?
You may love your washing machine because it’s been reliable for 25 years. But if one day it stops working and you vow to repair “old faithful” instead of replacing it (no matter how much parts cost) just know that the matter may be out of your hands. The truth is, many manufacturers eventually stop making parts for their machines. So, if your appliance is particularly old, the part needed to repair it may not even exist anymore—and you’ll soon be shopping.

5. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
Energy costs are another important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances. Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, there is probably a more efficient model available. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help offset upfront costs. Plus, you’ll see reduced utility bills in the future.

6. Are you practicing good appliance maintenance?
You may be able to put off the repair or replace decision by adopting a few simple appliance maintenance practices. For example, you should periodically vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils to help it run more efficiently. Being careful to not overload your washer and dryer will help extend the life of both appliances. And the best way to maintain your oven is to clean it periodically with baking soda and vinegar.

7. Do you want a new appliance?
Sometimes, a broken appliance is the perfect excuse for you treat yourself to something new. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a French door refrigerator, a pro range, or a dishwasher that better matches your kitchen’s décor. If you’ve got the finances and the desire, then there’s no reason not to go for it.

Keep these tips in mind if one of your appliances breaks and you find yourself agonizing over the question to repair or replace. And, if you decide that replacing your appliance is the best option, then head over to the Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.