Repair or Replace? What to Do with Older Appliances

Over time, appliances get old, don’t work as well as they once did, and inevitably stop functioning all together. If you have an appliance that’s not performing like it should, or isn’t working at all, then you’re probably asking yourself this question: “Is this worth repairing, or should I just get a new one?”

At Reno’s Appliance, we know that the answer to that question isn’t always so cut and dry. Before you make the decision to repair or replace, you’ll want to consider these factors:

  1. Do you have a warranty?

    Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll have the option to buy a five-year warranty (which we recommend). That way, you’re covered for a total of six years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

  2. What’s the average lifespan of the appliance?

    Knowing how long an appliance can reasonably be expected to last will help inform your decision to repair or replace. For example, the average dishwasher typically lasts nine years. If yours breaks after 20 years, then you’ve probably gotten all you’re going to get from it and should move on to purchasing a new one.

    Here are the typical expected lifespans of common appliances:

    • Gas Range: 15 years
    • Refrigerator: 13 years
    • Dryer: 13 years
    • Washing Machine: 10 years
    • Dishwasher: 9 years
    • Microwave Oven: 9 years
    • Garbage Disposal: 6 years

    Of course, these lifespans are just estimates. Lifespans can vary based on usage and whether or not you keep up with regular care and maintenance.

  3. How much do parts cost?

    Sometimes, just replacing an inexpensive part can add years to the life of your appliance. In those instances, repairing is a no-brainer. Other times, parts can be almost as expensive as buying something new. If the difference between buying a new appliance and repairing your old one is just a few hundred dollars, then it probably makes more sense to go for the new purchase.

  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. Is it outdated?

    It could be that your once stylish appliance now looks out of date. Or, maybe you’ve been slowly updating your home’s other appliances and this one now sticks out like a sore thumb. Even if your current model breaks and it’s inexpensive to repair, this may be the excuse you were looking for to get something more stylish and modern.

  6. Are more efficient models available?

    Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, then there is probably a more efficient model available that might interest you. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help with upfront costs. Plus, you may even see reduced utility bills in the future.

Sometimes an appliance breaks and simple, inexpensive repairs will have it running like new again. Other times, it’s more convenient and economical to replace it. If you find that you need a new appliance, come to Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We carry a large selection of refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers, dryers, kitchen hoods, and more from world-class brands known for dependability and durability.

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.